Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


The School of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin – Stout invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Industrial Design, commencing August 2022. This is a tenure-track, 9-month academic year position.

This job announcement is being announced simultaneously with the Lecturer: Industrial Design (Job ID 17870). Vacancy will be filled with either one (1) Assistant Professor or one (1) Lecturer. More information below in the How to Apply section.

QUALIFICATIONS (Assistant Professor)

Minimum / Required

  • Terminal degree (M.F.A., Ph.D., etc.) in an area of expertise relevant to Industrial Design
  • Evidence of teaching experience
  • Two years professional Industrial Design experience

Highly Desired

  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues and techniques as they relate to Industrial Design
  • Creative and artistic excellence as demonstrated in professional level accomplishments in the field of Industrial Design
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching
  • Strong evidence of technical skills including design drawing and presentation, knowledge of 3D software including Solidworks and/or Rhino, model making, and 3D digital fabrication processes


Share in leadership in BFA in Industrial Design. Teach studio lab courses each semester, following NASAD guidelines, that may include beginning, intermediate, and advanced industrial design classes, including the MFA graduate program; as well as other studio lab courses that support the major. Other responsibilities include:

  • Provide service for the department, school, college, and university
  • Provide student academic advisement and conduct assessment of student learning. This includes contributing to academic program assessment and continuous improvement processes, in collaboration with faculty and staff. Attend department, school, and university meetings
  • Actively participate in department, school, and university committees
  • Demonstrate organizational skills, collegiality, and the potential for future leadership in the Industrial Design program
  • Participate in the laptop teaching and learning environment
  • Provide technical teaching in both analog and digital skills.
  • Engage in professional creative research and scholarly activity
  • Maintain office hours and a healthy and safe classroom environment
  • Pursue external funding
  • Collaborate with the Program Director for Industrial Design to develop new / revised curriculum, as required
  • Perform other duties as designated by Department Chair


The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Industrial Design program prepares students for careers in the field of contemporary product design. UW-Stout industrial design graduates hold successful careers designing a wide array of products including but not limited to medical devices, footwear, bicycles, household and industrial products, tools, and devices. The success of our students is derived from a program that highlights the intersections of fine art, design, history, sustainability, and a strong liberal arts education. The 160-student industrial design program has strong industry partnerships and boasts a 95% placement rate.

The School of Art & Design (SOAD) has over 60 faculty/staff and over 1,000 students, making it the largest public higher education art and design entity in Wisconsin and Minnesota. In addition to the BFA in Industrial Design, there are five other distinct BFA programs, including Animation and Digital Media, Game Design, Graphic Design and Interactive Media, Interior Design, and Studio Art. The SOAD also offers a B.S. in Video Production, B. S. in Arts Administration and Entrepreneurship, and the MFA program in Design. For more information, please visit:


Founded in 1891, the University of Wisconsin–Stout is a regional comprehensive university with a polytechnic mission. This mission gives students the tools and connections for designing the products, systems, and technology of the future.

University of Wisconsin-Stout prepares lifelong learners, ethical leaders, and responsible citizens in an equitable, inclusive, and sustainable environment through collaborative career-focused programs that integrate applied learning, theory, and research. UW-Stout is committed to developing an inclusive community that fosters a rich, dynamic, and collaborative environment in which to work and grow, celebrating the diversity of individual perspectives and experiences.

A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the University of Wisconsin System--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences, and an integrated liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 47 undergraduate and 23 graduate degrees, including 21 masters and 2 advanced degrees. The current enrollment is approximately 8,000 students.

UW-Stout is committed to investing in and ensuring access to equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning, student living, and work environments that reflect our regional and global connections.

The UW-Stout campus community enjoys opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry and encourages collaboration within and across disciplines and professions.

The university is on a beautiful campus in Menomonie, situated in western Wisconsin, 60 minutes east of Minneapolis-St. Paul on Interstate 94. Located in the scenic Chippewa Valley region with a population base of more than 200,000, Menomonie is a city of more than 16,400, surrounded by lakes, streams, and woodlands. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:

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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

All qualified candidates meeting application requirements will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout welcomes applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans, individuals with disabilities and from historically excluded populations. UW-Stout provides equal opportunity to all persons and is committed to inclusive excellence. At UW-Stout we value our differences and welcome diverse perspectives as we continually commit to developing an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees and students.

Employment is contingent upon the final candidate’s completing a criminal background check and being cleared to work by the Human Resources team. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

A successful candidate must have authorization to work within the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Official transcripts required at time of hire.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

UW-Stout is committed to providing safety and security of all members of our community in accordance with the Clery Act. For campus safety information and crime statistics visit:


This job announcement is being announced simultaneously with Job #17870; please note only one (1) vacancy exists. Having two position vacancy listings allows the School of Art & Design to consider candidates with a different set of credentials for this particular vacancy.

To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by January 10th, 2022. Applications submitted after January 10th may be reviewed until the position is filled.

Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter: Speak to the Minimum and Highly Desired Qualifications for this position as listed above.
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references
  4. Unofficial copies of transcripts including documentation that illustrates a terminal degree
  5. Professional Portfolio: A multi-page PDF document including 10-20 samples of professional work and a media list with brief written descriptions of work and software used. Total PDF size should be no more than 20 MB. Please include a link to an online portfolio of professional work.
  6. Evidence of Teaching Experience: A multi-page PDF document including 10-20 samples of your students’ work and a media list with brief written descriptions of work and software used. Total PDF size should be no more than 20 MB. Please include a link to an online portfolio of student work. In addition to providing student examples, please provide a statement of teaching philosophy.
  7. Inclusivity Statement: Equity, diversity and inclusion are important to the mission of UW-Stout. Write a separate one-page or less statement demonstrating your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion that supports students’ success.

Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:

Search Chair: Jennifer Astwood

Professor, Department of Design

Phone: 715-232-3699


If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all the required application materials, please contact:

Search Coordinator: Mary Jo Pittman

Academic Department Associate, School of Art & Design

Phone: 715-232-1097


Job Family: Teaching