Assistant Professor - Industrial Design (Design Studies) (Tenure Track)

Department of Art & Design

Competition No.  -    A110046357
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Art & Design, Design Studies unit invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a specialization in Industrial Design, and interest in product design, service and experiential design, design theory, practice-based research methods, design futuring, creative leadership, community engagement, UI/UX, and /or communication design. Ideal candidates would augment or complement these areas of expertise and work across disciplines, using collaborative methods, to further enrich Design Studies. This position is to commence on July 1, 2022.

Design Studies consists of Industrial Design, Visual Communication Design, and includes Canada’s first Canada Research Chair in Design. We are seeking a collegial, enthusiastic and forward-thinking individual. The successful candidate will have an aptitude for teaching, working in team situations and an interest in innovative modes of teaching and interdisciplinary teaching, as well as the desire to foster creative, critical and innovative thinking in our students. They will share our values and objectives in areas of collaboration, sustainability, interdisciplinarity, technological engagement, diversity and inclusion, practice-based research methods, approaches to design and creating innovative work. Experience and interest in experiential learning opportunities (e.g. practicums, internships, community service learning) is highly desirable.

Candidates must be fluent in design discourse and studio practice and in balancing the conceptual, aesthetic and technical demands of the discipline and are expected to participate actively in departmental activities. Applicants will have a growing record of scholarship and/or an established professional practice in their field, be able to establish/continue a successful research program and integrate their research into teaching and learning opportunities for their students. Applicants must have the capacity to effectively teach studios, lectures and seminars at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and to engage in the collective life of the University through service and administrative roles. A proven ability to collaborate effectively with industry and professional communities is essential to this position.

Applicants should show a willingness to incorporate or reflect Indigenous perspectives or ways of teaching and learning into their curriculum where appropriate. An awareness and willingness to engage in other forms of inclusion (e.g. in training or inclusive pedagogy) is also desired.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • a terminal degree in the field (Master’s degree, or Ph.D. in Design or a related/relevant academic discipline);
  • evidence of meaningful work within their area(s) of design and research;
  • a minimum of three years of professional experience along with post-secondary teaching, design and research experience (a combination of instructional and professional equivalencies may be considered); and,
  • active engagement in research and scholarship in the field.

The Department of Art & Design is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We particularly welcome applications from women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

The Department of Art & Design offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Fine Arts, Design Studies (Industrial Design and Visual Communication Design), and the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture, and encompasses the FAB Gallery and a University Centre of Research Excellence in Printmaking. For more information about the department, please consult the departmental website at

The University of Alberta is one of Canada's largest and most-respected research universities. With a metropolitan area population of approximately one million people, Edmonton is home to numerous arts and music festivals and boasts the largest system of urban parkland in North America. Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.

For more information about the University of Alberta and Edmonton, please visit and

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales:

To have your application considered, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • Cover letter (include the names of three referees, letters of reference will only be requested for selected candidates. Referees should be prepared to send their letters by early December)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Teaching Dossier that includes evidence of, or potential for teaching effectiveness. This can include a brief description of your approach to teaching or brief descriptions of a few courses you have taught or would be interested in teaching. Full syllabi are not required. (Attach under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")
  • Portfolio (e.g., artifacts, projects, articles, etc.) in electronic format, of recent pieces of work (practice and research) (Attach as one document under “List of Publications”)
  • Proposed Program of Research (Attach under "Research Plan")

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number at the bottom of your cover letter.  If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this at the bottom of your cover letter.

All applications and letters of reference can be addressed to the attention of Aidan Rowe, Chair, Department of Art & Design. Specific questions about the position can be addressed to

Review of applications will start on November 26, 2021. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please note, the application submission must not exceed a total size of 80 MB of data.

Business Address:
Department of Art & Design
University of Alberta
3-98 Fine Arts Building
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2C9

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.