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Assistant Professor of Product Design

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Portland, OR
Categories: Architecture/Art/Design, Instruction

Department: School of Art + Design / Department of Product Design
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
December 12, 2017; position open until filled

Required Application Materials
Applicants should submit the following:
• Letter of interest that includes statements of your research and/or creative practice and your teaching philosophy, objectives, and experience
• Curriculum vitae
• Portfolio of representative research, practice, and student work completed under the candidate’s direction
• List of three references with addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses

Position Announcement
Primary teaching responsibilities will be focused in Portland-based graduate studio instruction in the Sports Product Design professional master’s program, with opportunities for instruction in skills-based foundational courses at the graduate level. Because of the nature of this program, the position will also include a significant element of technical and professional mentoring of students in addition to traditional academic advising. The University of Oregon operates on a system of three, 10-week quarters with 1 additional week for final exams. Faculty in the Department of Product Design have a typical teaching load of five courses per year. Service responsibilities include various departmental and school committees, as well as student advising and participation in shared governance. The candidate will be expected to maintain an ambitious professional record that indicates a commitment to a sustained and developing creative and/or scholarly practice.

Department or Program Summary
The Department of Product Design Program is part of the School of Art + Design in the College of Design at the University of Oregon. The Program offers a BA/BS in Product Design (located in Eugene), a BFA in Product Design (located in Portland) and a MS in Sports Product Design (located in Portland). This position is based in Portland, Oregon.

The Product Design Program critically investigates the use, invention and production of products to improve life. It is devised to meet the rapid changes of the material world through agility and interdisciplinary studies. It is international and local. Students study both the physical and theoretical aspects of product design, including design research, material studies, manufacturing strategies, economic planning and innovation techniques. Through this position, we intend to strengthen our research and teaching in design to enhance the performance of the human body, in sport.

Minimum Requirements
A Masters or Ph.D. degree in Design.

Preferred Qualifications
A minimum of five years practicing professional design in the sports product industry is preferred. We are interested in candidates with a proven track record of investigation in apparel and/or footwear and/or equipment design for athletic performance. Interdisciplinary research in human physiology, biomechanics and/or psychology is also desirable. Candidates are expected to build a strong record of research and creative practice.

About the University
Portland is home to the Department of Product Design's fifth year of study for students enrolled in the bachelor’s of fine arts (BFA) undergraduate degree and the department's graduate program in Sports Product Design.

The historic White Stag Block that houses the University of Oregon in Portland offers state-of-the-art technology, light-filled workspaces, a superb art and design library, and is located in the heart of Portland's Old Town and Chinatown. Sustainability practices are evident in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold-certified building and in the programs offered by the school.

These programs at the University of Oregon in Portland connect in multiple ways with the city and the metropolitan area through teaching, research, creative work, and service activities. Portland is an extraordinary urban laboratory for the University of Oregon and the school’s engaged and active students and faculty members.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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