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Tenure-track or Visiting Professor in Industrial Design

Apply now Department: 3670015040 Int Arch & Industrial Design
Job no: 516980
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 9 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Architecture / Construction / Design
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

Department of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design (IAID) at Kansas State University invites applications for a Tenure-track or Visiting Professor of Industrial Design for the academic year beginning August 2024. The appointment will be at the rank of assistant or associate professor and has the potential being hired as assistant/associate professor tenure-track position for a qualified candidate. Kansas State University is a land grant institution, and candidates should be committed to a tripartite mission of teaching, creative and/or scholarly research, and service. We are searching for a colleague with creative energy, passion, and vision for the future of IAID; who values research, design, and making, has a collaborative spirit, and can contribute at multiple curriculum levels. We aspire to find a colleague who embodies the four core values: versatility, collegiality, coherence, and peer evaluation. 


The main emphasis of this position is Industrial Design with a background in either Industrial Design or related field. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to teach in design studios across the curriculum, and the capability to integrate contemporary methods into their design studio teaching. The candidate should be able to develop courses and/ or teach in one or more of the following areas: ID Studio Coursework (various levels), visual communications, furniture design, research methods, and/or materials and manufacturing.  Submitted work must show design and/or teaching excellence in one or more of these areas. This 9-month position at the rank of assistant or associate professor has a proposed starting date of August 2024, with a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Creative and Scholarly Agenda

The successful tenure-track candidate will demonstrate the ability to develop research and creative scholarship based on their teaching and/or creative interests/professional expertise. These interests will form the core of their scholarly/creative agenda and serve as the basis for promotion and advancement.

Why Join Us:


The Interior Architecture and Industrial Design Department is housed in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design alongside the Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Regional Community Planning Departments. This creates a robust environment of creative disciplines ripe with collaborative opportunities and infrastructure. We have also moved into a renovated and newly built building, Seaton Regnier Hall. This new facility has the latest technology and houses a world-class facility with 20,000 sq. ft. of fabrication and research laboratories.

The department offers two Masters degrees, one in Interior Architecture and the other in Industrial Design, which was established in Fall of 2020. Our award-winning Furniture Design curriculum augments both of these degree programs. The active learning environment of IAID provides students with an extraordinary education interweaving multiple design disciplines into two strong programs of study. In our pedagogy, innovation, prototyping, and fabrication intersect with human-centered design in educating our students. To learn more about our unique program visit us at and follow us on Instagram at #kstateIAID. 

APDesign & IAID

Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) since 1974 and also approved by NASAD (the National Association for Schools of Art and Design), the IAID program is built upon a 50-year tradition of providing students with a nationally recognized and innovative education. The College of Architecture, Planning and Design (APDesign) was chosen by professionals surveyed by Designlntelligence for "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools 2014" and in 2018 as the 7th best Interior Design graduate program in the nation, and the highest ranked public graduate program. 

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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:

  • Master’s degree or higher in Industrial Design, Product Design, or related field.
  • Ability to teach both undergraduate and graduate design studios across the curriculum and capable to serve in a design studio leadership role.
  • Ability to develop and teach lectures and seminars in one or more required areas of our curriculum.
  • Demonstrated excellence in written and visual communication requisite for the design disciplines.
  • Professional ID sketching/rendering skill.
  • Experience and knowledge of industry standard of 2D and 3D CAD modeling software.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three or more years of creative and/or professional practice experience in Industrial Design, Product Design, and/or a related field.
  • Diverse design background and ability to teach design thinking at multiple scales.
  • Established teaching record.
  • Ability to develop a scholarly/creative agenda related to their academic/professional expertise.
  • Record of service to the academic and/or professional communities.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be able to work in-person in the United States at the time of employment, August 2024.

How to Apply:

Required to submit the following into one compiled PDF document. Review of applications will begin on April 19th, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

  1. Letter of interest addressing qualifications.
  2. Curriculum vita.
  3. Personal portfolio.
  4. Teaching portfolio, include if taught previously.
  5. List of three academic and/or professional references with full contact information.
Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$55,000 - $65,000

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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