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Professor of Practice - Industrial Design

Apply now Department: 3670015040 Int Arch & Industrial Design
Job no: 516297
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 9 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Architecture / Construction / Design, Engineering, Graphic Design / Printing / Publishing, Arts / Humanities
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Department of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design (IAID) invites applications for a Professor of Practice in Industrial Design beginning August 2024. We are searching for an industrial designer with creative energy, passion, and the ability to integrate contemporary professional methods and processes into design studio teaching. If you are a working professional that is interested in transitioning from a professional studio environment to the classroom, we want you to join our department at Kansas State University in Manhattan Kansas. Even if you have never taught before, we are interested in hearing from you. Our dedicated industrial design faculty members will support you in becoming a valuable resource to our program and students. There is some flexibility in teaching responsibilities, but candidates should have the ability to teach two or more of the following areas in the industrial design program: ID Studio Coursework (various levels), Contemporary Professional Practice, 3D Modeling and Rendering, and/or Internship Coordination.  

Why Join Us 

Kansas State University, a land grant institution, is dedicated to a three-fold mission of teaching, engaging in creative activities and/or research related to design practice/education, and contributing to service initiatives. The active learning environment of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design provides students with an extraordinary education interweaving multiple design disciplines into strong programs of study. Accredited by NASAD (the National Association for Schools of Art and Design) and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), K-State’s Interior Architecture and Industrial Design programs are built upon a 50-year tradition of providing students with a nationally recognized and innovative education. The IAID Department offers two Master’s degrees, one in Interior Architecture and the other in Industrial Design, and the department’s award-winning Furniture Design curriculum augments both degree paths. IAID is housed in Seaton Hall alongside departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Regional Community Planning which creates a robust environment of creative disciplines rife with collaborative opportunities. As a faculty member in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, you will be teaching classes in a beautiful, historic space with modern classrooms, design laboratories, and a 20,000 sq. ft. world-class fabrication and research laboratory. 

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:


Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:


This position is required to be performed on-site. Work is performed on employer premises or designated assignment location.

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements.  Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design 

  • At least six years of Industrial Design experience 

  • A portfolio of industrial design work 

  • Ability to develop and teach lectures and seminars related to professional practice in ID 

  • Ability to teach undergraduate design studios  

  • Ability to teach industry-standard 3D modeling and rendering 

  • Ability to teach design thinking at multiple scales and complexities 

  • Ability to coordinate student internships 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ten or more years of Industrial Design experience  

  • A diverse portfolio of design work in a variety of industries 

  • Experience mentoring, hiring, and/or supervising designers 

  • Record of service to the design community 

  • Previous experience teaching design in higher education 

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Submit the following as a single compiled PDF document. Review of applications will begin on January 15th, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

  1. Letter of interest addressing qualifications. 

  1. Curriculum vitae / Resume. 

  1. Personal portfolio. 

  1. List of three professional and/or academic references with full contact information 

  1. Teaching portfolio of student work (if applicable) 

To learn more about our unique program contact Nathan Howe ( or visit us at Additional information may be found at (university), (college), and (community).  

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.


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