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Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2016 12:19 AM


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Assistant/Associate Professor of Art – Product Design and Innovation

Tenure Track Position
Gwen Frostic School of Art, College of Fine Arts

The Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University invites applicants for this full-time tenure track faculty position beginning spring or fall 2017. This is a position to lead and shape a new undergraduate program in Product Design and Innovation and to provide integration into our creative design community.

Job Description
We are seeking an experienced product design teacher, practitioner, and colleague, who will work with
our community of designers and artists to shape this new BFA in Product Design program. The program will acknowledge the value of the interdisciplinary relationship building between design, fine arts, business and engineering. It will provide opportunities for entrepreneurship and practical experience through our community partners.

This position will be essential to provide recognition of existing practices in product design while implementing emerging methods of thinking and making that are user centered; to inform and support a sustainable, social, environmental and economic culture; and ultimately to create a collaborative environment resulting in graduates who are skilled, innovative and thoughtful designers and leaders.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead, guide and implement the new curriculum and the renovation of an existing building connected to the current Frostic School of Art facilities.

Successful candidates will have a strong teaching philosophy. They must be able to provide students with a well-rounded vision of product design framing concepts within a social, cultural, and historical context; engage students in a discourse on the relationship of form and content; foster critical thinking; and advance students’ understanding of a broad variety of methodologies and practices including contemporary, innovative and emerging technologies.

The faculty member will be expected to participate in research and service in the school and the university and work collaboratively with internal and external research partners, organizations, and corporations.

Qualifications Required
Terminal Degree MFA or MID in Product Design, Industrial Design or International equivalent or equivalent experience in professional practice.
Prior teaching experience: minimum of 3 years teaching in an equivalent program or teaching experience blended with professional practice will be considered.
Ability to implement and develop curriculum.
Knowledge and experience with current and emerging technologies.
An active career in collaborative Product Design.
Evidence of professional and creative accomplishment.
Experience with community engagement through design curricula or other means.
Experience that is informed by worldviews in theory and practice.
Strong research methods in design thinking, history and theory.

The University: Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of 25,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities.

Kalamazoo: Western Michigan University is located in the arts-friendly community of Kalamazoo, Michigan, a metropolitan area of 250,000 residents located halfway between Chicago and Detroit. The design community in Kalamazoo and the region is rich with significant industry partners including Fabri-Kal, Landscape Forms, Newell Brands, Stryker Instruments, Stryker Medical, Techna, Eaton and Whirlpool. The city was named number 3 for creatives in the US: http: // www. mlive. com /news / kalamazo o/ index. ssf / 2015/ 07/ kalamazoo_ named_ no_ 3_ city_ in_ t. html
Learn more about the city: http: // www. downtownkalamazoo. org. The "Kalamazoo Promise," an endowment program that provides each Kalamazoo Public School graduate with the opportunity to attend post-secondary education with up to a 100% tuition scholarship, enriches the community.
http: // www. kalamazoopublicschools. com/ initiatives- and- supporters / kalamazoo -promise

The School: The Gwen Frostic School of Art is one of four units in the College of Fine Arts and is comprised of 350 art majors, 21 full-time faculty, 12-15 part-time faculty, and eight staff. The school is NASAD accredited and offers the B.A. in Art and in Art History; B.F.A. in Art Education and in Graphic Design; B.F.A with emphasis in Ceramics, Metals/Jewelry, Painting, Photography/Intermedia, Printmedia, and Sculpture; and the M.A. in Art Education Online. The school resides in 40,000 sq. ft. of new galleries, lecture halls, classrooms, design and art studios in the Richmond Center for Visual Arts and 88,000 sq. ft. of renovated classrooms and art studios in South Kohrman Hall.

The College: The College of Fine Arts consists of the Gwen Frostic School of Art, Department of Dance, School of Music, and the Department of Theatre. All four units are nationally accredited. The College of Fine Arts is housed in Dalton Center, Richmond Center for Visual Arts and South Kohrman Hall, and the Gilmore Theatre Complex and overlooks Fountain Plaza. Facilities for the learning and practice of the arts are exceptional in the Mid-America region. The College facilities are some of the best found anywhere in the country.

Application: a letter of intent that addresses the listed qualifications; One pdf file upload should include current curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, 20 samples of professional work, and 20 samples of student work or project samples by teams you have directed, or a website address where this visual information can be viewed and contact information for three professional references. Submit to https: // www. wmich. edu /hr / jobs Upon receipt of your file upload, you will receive a confirmation email.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package.

Expected Start Date: Spring or Fall 2017

Application Deadline: The position will be open until filled. To ensure first consideration, application materials must be received by December 1, 2016.

If you have problems uploading your complete portfolio materials please contact Human Resources at (269) 387-3620.

Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state law. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

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Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state law. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.


Pat Suhusky
Gwen Frostic School of Art
Western Michigan University
R2110 Richmond Center for Visual Arts
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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