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The Industrial Design Program in the School of Architecture + Design, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, seeks a motivated and engaged colleague to join the faculty, as a tenure-track, academic year, assistant professor beginning Fall Semester of 2018. The primary responsibility for this position is to balance teaching with developing an externally recognized research agenda. Virginia Tech's Industrial Design is an accredited undergraduate program (BS.IDS). Each semester faculty are required to teach a design studio and other courses across the Industrial Design curriculum. You will have an opportunity to not only evolve but possibly redefine the design curriculum that will excel in the changing world context. The ideal candidate will combine a passion for teaching with in-depth research interests through projects in studio and beyond.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and/or outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities Destination Area and/or the Creativity and Innovation Strategic Growth Area. The Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities Destination Area is focused on bringing visionary humanists and technologists together to create the framework for infrastructure innovation and the reinvention of community. The Creativity and Innovation Strategic Growth Area is focused on empowering partners and stakeholders to collaborate on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship efforts that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Information on Destination Areas and Strategic Growth Areas at Virginia Tech may be found at: http://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html
The Industrial Design program takes pride in a design tradition that promotes theory and practice as equally critical components of an industrial design identity which emphasizes collaborative and project-based learning, individual student development, and culminates in a senior thesis. It advances a pedagogy and undergraduate studio environment that provide unequaled interaction and collaboration across years and disciplines. The Industrial Design program is one of four programs housed in the School of Architecture + Design, which includes Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture, and is one of four Schools in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.
Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the national Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff form over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. The University also benefits from a broad and loyal alumni base that fill the town during football games and alumni events throughout the year. Invent the Future of Virginia Tech.
A terminal degree in Industrial Design (MA, MS, MFA, MID), or related field, is required. Candidates should demonstrate an excellent body of work in design, as well as experience in teaching design studio and other courses across the Industrial Design curriculum. Successful candidates should demonstrate a teaching style that effectively integrates the learning experience of the design studio with the program's growing initiatives in areas such as interdisciplinary/collaborative product development, research-based design education, interaction design, strategic design, sustainability, and advance manufacturing techniques. Applicants with work that incorporates a global perspective and a commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.
Demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary teaching and/or research in areas that align with Virginia Tech's university-wide, multi-disciplinary focus on the Intelligent Infrastructure for Human-Centered Communities Destination Area and the Creativity and Innovation Strategic Growth Area.
Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.
Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).