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Assistant Professor, Industrial Design

Carleton University

Field of Specialization: Industrial Design
Academic Unit: Industrial Design
Category of Appointment: Preliminary (Tenure-track)
Rank/Position Title: Assistant Professor
Start Date: August 1, 2019 or January 1, 2020
Closing Date: May 30, 2019

About the Position:
The School of Industrial Design invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position, with a focus on application of theory to the professional practice of industrial design.

Qualified candidates must have a professional degree in industrial design as well as an advanced degree (Masters or higher). The applicant must have a minimum of 5 years of experience working in practice as well as a record of successful studio teaching. The ideal candidate will understand and demonstrate the relationship between design as an academic discipline, and practice as a mode of design research. Practical experience in sustainability and design, advanced manufacturing, interaction design or service design, will be seen as a benefit.

About the Academic Unit:
The School of Industrial Design is well respected in North America and internationally and is strategically located within the Faculty of Engineering and Design (FED). The School offers a Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID) program and a Master of Design (MDes) program focused on interdisciplinary design development. Graduates have an excellent reputation and hold key positions of design responsibility in many parts of the world.

Responsibilities will include:
• Undergraduate teaching of lectures and studio courses
• Ongoing creative activity and a developing record of research scholarship
• Supervision of MDes students
• Service on School, Faculty, and University committees
• Building interdisciplinary ties across the University and external design community
• Maintaining close ties with industry alumni and professional organizations

Applicants should possess:
• Degree in applied industrial design and a master's degree or higher in the discipline or a related field
• A minimum of 5 years of professional experience related to industrial design
• A portfolio that includes commercialized tangible projects in human centered product design
• Evidence of creative, emerging practice as demonstrated through competition awards, patents, publications etc.
• Experience in teaching design studios and related courses in design theory
• Experience working within interdisciplinary design teams
• Practical experience in sustainable design, advanced manufacturing technologies or interaction design or service design is a benefit
• Graduate training and supervisory experience is a benefit

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit
• Letter of interest stating academic and pedagogical objectives
• Curriculum Vitae
• Five samples of published work (this can include papers, articles, patents, awards)
• Design portfolio clearly identifying personal professional and student work
• NOTE: Three letters of reference will be required for candidates who are contacted after a first review.

Applicants should submit an application electronically by May 30, 2019 to:

Inquiries may be directed to: Anna Kim, School Administrator
School of Industrial Design, Carleton University Tel: +1-613-520-2600 (Ext. 5591) /
Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

About Carleton University:
Carleton University is a dynamic and innovative research and teaching institution with a national and international reputation as a leader in collaborative teaching and learning, research and governance. With over 30,000 students, 900 academic faculty, and 1,100 staff and more than 100 programs of study, we encourage creative risk-taking enabling minds to connect, discover and generate transformative knowledge. We are proud to be one of the most accessible campuses in North America. Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada.

Carleton’s location in Ottawa, Ontario provides many opportunities for scholarship and research with numerous and diverse groups and institutions. Canada’s capital has a population of almost one million and reflects the country’s bilingual and multicultural character. To learn more about our university and the City of Ottawa, please visit

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Carleton understands that career paths vary. Legitimate career interruptions will in no way prejudice the assessment process and their impact will be taken into careful consideration.

Applicants selected for an interview are asked to contact the Chair as soon as possible to discuss any accommodation requirements. Arrangements will be made in a timely manner.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.