Visiting Professor of Industrial Design

Illinois Wesleyan University and the Ames School of Art invites applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Industrial Design. This position is a two-year appointment beginning August, 2020. We are seeking an individual with expertise in product design to contribute to the Design, Technology, and Entrepreneurship program and the School of Art. DTE is an interdisciplinary program that brings together faculty from the disciplines of art, physics, and business to provide a comprehensive education for undergraduate students seeking to develop products and/or services for industry, society, and the planet.

The successful candidate will teach six courses annually ranging from theory to practice. Topics include but are not limited to: ideation, methodology, prototyping, fabrication, and human factors. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to inspire students conceptually, aesthetically, and technically.

The Ames School of Art, one of IWU’s four professional schools, offers the BFA, BA, and minors in Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Art History. The School of Art boasts two galleries, Macintosh computer lab, wood shop, foundry, welding, laser cutters and 3D printing. Additionally, IWU’s state-of-the-art IDEA center, provides the space and technology for students to invent, prototype, and launch their ideas into reality.

Founded in 1850, Illinois Wesleyan is a highly selective, private undergraduate liberal arts university with a tradition of teaching excellence. As an equal opportunity employer, we are strongly committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We seek candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to supporting and further building our community in these dimensions.


Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree or higher in Product Design, Industrial Design, or related field  

Demonstrable skills in oral and written communications

Ability to foster an active and engaged learning environment


Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college-level

Evidence of creative/scholarly activity

Experience in curriculum development and implementation



Teach six courses annually as assigned by the Director and consistent with expertise

Hold weekly office hours

Attend School of Art faculty meetings and DTE team meetings

Actively contribute to growing the DTE program


Competitive salary and benefits offered



Review of applications will begin February 14th and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit: letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, sample of relevant course syllabi (if available), contact information for three professional references, web links to scholarly/creative work and student work.

Please address and highlight in your materials if you have an interest, background, or experience relevant to fostering an inclusive classroom and supporting a diverse community within the university setting.


Send materials to:

Julie Johnson, Director

Ames School of Art

Illinois Wesleyan University

P.O. Box 2900

Bloomington, Illinois