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University of Utah Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00159 - School of Architecture

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 1, 2019


The Multi-disciplinary Design program within the University of Utah’s College of Architecture + Planning invites applications for an Assistant Professor position (tenure-track) in digital product and experience design. This appointment will reside in the School of Architecture and will be be a nine-month appointment (1.0 FTE ) to begin on July 1, 2019.

Multi-disciplinary Design at the University of Utah is a digital, physical and platform product design program. We are a unified front of academics, professionals and students redefining the design language as it evolves beneath and beyond us. Students in the program move through a series of experiences exposing them to high craft, grounded research, ethics, leadership skills and new technologies. Our students design products and the relationships around them.

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate a focus in digital product exploration in relationship to physical/spatial and/or platform design. All scales of design, and impact will be considered. The definition of design incudes all design and creative disciplines (industrial, product, architecture, fine arts, graphic, etc.) Candidates are expected to teach studio, hold seminars in the area of their expertise, as well as conduct research and/or creative work within a R1 university setting.

Required qualifications:

-a terminal degree in Design or a related field (if the terminal degree is in another field, exposure to design is expected)

Preferred qualifications include:

-previous teaching and/or mentoring experience with examples

-peer-reviewed research and/or creative work

-awards for teaching and/or design

Review of applications will begin November 19, 2018; the position, however, remains open until filled.

Qualified candidates must submit a curriculum vitae; a letter of intent addressing the candidate’s approach to teaching and relevant experience; a scholarly/design portfolio (submitted as pdf via and a list of three references with phone numbers, post and e-mail addresses. If your files will exceed the 8 MB limit, please upload your documents in your own Dropbox (or the like) and provide a link in your application. Candidates may be asked to provide additional information during the search process.

Please address questions about the search for this position to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Ole W. Fischer, Associate Professor by email: Questions pertaining specifically to the program may be directed to Cord Bowen, Director and Associate Professor, Multi-disciplinary Design Program by email:

The College of Architecture + Planning at the University of Utah is a community of award-winning and highly recognized faculty, entrepreneurial students, and supportive staff who together form a creative community unlike any other. The College’s vision is short-handed as “the ethic of care,” and focuses on four commitments in all of our teaching, scholarship and service: responsibility, resilience, respect and response. Structurally, the College is made up of the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning and the School of Architecture, with the Multi-disciplinary Design Program located within the School. We also are home to three research centers: the Center for Ecological Planning and Design, the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies, and the Metropolitan Research Center.

Positioned on the East Bench of the Wasatch mountain range, the University of Utah is the flagship of the state higher education system. The location in Salt Lake City has a reasonable cost of living, beautiful scenery, multiple outdoor recreation opportunities, convenient transit, an active design and art community, and a surprisingly cosmopolitan and diverse culture, which enhance the quality of life in the region. The Kiplinger Report recently indicated that Salt Lake City was one of the “best cities for the next decade.”

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 09/24/2018

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00324CF

Type Faculty

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