Employment at ArtCenter


Industrial Design Faculty, open rank, full-time (non-tenure track)

About ArtCenter

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education and has had an international reputation for its rigorous, transdisciplinary curriculum, faculty of professionals, strong ties to industry, and commitment to socially responsible design. We are an independent, nonprofit, four-year college offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in eleven specialized programs and graduate degrees in 10 art and design disciplines.

This position is one of six new faculty job openings across the disciplines of the College, which seeks to expand upon the strategies and perspectives available in the ArtCenter classroom, foster institutional expertise in the intersections between art and design practices and legacies of racism and colonialism, and advance more just and equitable futures both within and beyond the ArtCenter community. Preference will be given to candidates whose work engages global, anti-racist, and decolonizing frameworks in relation to the fields of art, design, and/or media.

Job Summary

Every position at ArtCenter plays an essential part in carrying out the values, goals, strategic vision, and mission of the College. This includes diversity, equity, inclusion, and culture.

The Industrial Design Undergraduate Programs at ArtCenter College of Design are looking for one full-time faculty member with a background in design practice and teaching experience that reflects and/or focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion. Their studio work should reflect these issues across multiple design strategies. Design research, process and outcomes that reflect awareness of and inclusion of DEI and cultural issues are integral to the position.

The position will carry a workload including both teaching and departmental duties: per term, each week, for 14 weeks: three 5-hour studio classes plus 3 faculty service hours. Faculty will be expected to maintain an active professional or research practice. Salary will be commensurate with professional and teaching experience.

This position requires full-time teaching responsibilities, administrative service, and instructional duties, which may be outside of Faculty’s Department, and which may include occasional substitute teaching, service on college-wide committees such as Faculty Council, faculty and student mentoring and advising, core curricular planning, scholarship and portfolio student reviews, physical gallery and program website curation, outcome assessments with corresponding data collection, and attending departmental and College all-hands meetings. Full-time faculty are also responsible to help create visibility and recognition for the program and to maintain external relationships with designers and leaders experienced with issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Reports to: Chair of Product Design

FLSA status: Exempt

Job posted 12/8/21. How to Apply - Please provide the following materials:

  • Letter of interest that addresses your reason for applying for this position, the strengths you would bring to the position and past experience with any of the following: practice-based design activities in product, ID, IxD, Soft Goods & Wearables and CMF; as well as design education in any of these same or similar areas of design
  • Teaching statement with your approach to DEI in the context of your course curricula and classroom engagement
  • Samples of your work and/or in the case of individuals currently teaching, samples of student work (acceptable formats include, but are not limited to, published articles, writing in progress, and 8-10 images of work)
  • Official transcripts will be required at time of employment
  • ArtCenter Employment Application Download ArtCenter Application
  • Curriculum Vitae or Comprehensive Resume

Applications will be accepted until the application deadline. Qualified applicants should send all requested materials and employment application to HR@artcenter.edu and reference “Cluster Hire- Industrial Design” in the subject line.

Application Deadline: Reviews of applications will begin February 25 but the position will remain open until filled
Revised 03/2022



  • BS, BA or BFA in Industrial Design or Product Design, from an accredited college or university or equivalent professional experience in their field
  • Teaching experience at the college level.
  • At least five years of professional work within the design field as a design practitioner.
  • Experience working on projects across diverse industries and market segments.
  • National and/or international network and connections that may benefit the program and students
  • Demonstrated commitment to building impactful and future facing approaches to industrial design education.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion and recognize the confidential nature of ArtCenter business, as well as requirements under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Must be able to work with and understand our culturally diverse student and faculty body with their needs and goals
  • Demonstrated experience in and commitment to diversity, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within Art Center’s diverse communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • A record of design awards, patents and publication is an asset
  • Knowledge of public relations, social media, and media promotion

Essential Functions

Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teaching in: Product Design, Transportation Design and Spatial Experience Programs
  • Provide classroom instruction, maintain and report student attendance, preparation of instructional material including class syllabi, grading students’ assignments and exams, posting students’ grades, consulting with students, replying to students’ inquiries, and facilitating course evaluations
  • Mentor and guide students beyond the classroom

Other Responsibilities and Service Opportunities

  • Help cultivate guest lectures, visiting designers, publications and student competitions
  • Cross-disciplinary course content development (ex: business, graphics, IxD, packaging, sustainability, mobility, branding, etc.)
  • Help with student gallery, grad show and web content
  • Help create visibility and recognition for the program among prospective students, the design community, creative industries, and potential donors and sponsors
  • Support the development of a local and professional network of designers and professionals that are able to support the overall and/or specific goals and needs of the department and college.

Mandatory Duty to Report

All employees who know or have reason to know of allegations or acts that violate ArtCenter’s Title IX Policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking shall promptly inform the Director, Title IX Compliance and Programs, or designee or the Associate Dean of Students or designee. Faculty with a mandatory duty to report are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested their name remain confidential.

Pursuant to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), all employees who know of or have reason to suspect child abuse or neglect involving alleged victims under age 18 shall promptly inform local law enforcement or the county welfare department.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard classroom setting with frequent interactions with other individuals. Due to the nature of the work environment, there is regular exposure to fumes, chemicals, dust and noise.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient ability to work in a classroom setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight (up to 20 pounds); to operate modern office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: Must be able to have the visual capacity to perform activities such as preparing and reading class materials, viewing a computer terminal and other normal office work with or without correction.

Hearing: Must be able to communicate effectively in the course of normal office communication or exchange ideas with or without correction.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by the employee assigned to this job; they do not purport to describe all functions. Employees may be assigned other duties, and the essential functions may be changed from time to time as necessary.


Equal Opportunity Employer

ArtCenter is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against its employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, ancestry, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic pregnancy, marital status, military, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Equal employment opportunity is extended to all persons in all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, including without limitation, recruitment, hiring, upgrading, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, leave of absence, transfer, discipline, layoff, recall and termination. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of ArtCenter and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of ArtCenter. 


Land Acknowledgment

“ArtCenter College of Design occupies the region of the ancestral and traditional land of the Hahamog'na Tongva people, the stewards of the San Gabriel Valley area around present-day Pasadena.”

ArtCenter College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities. The College considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation for a disability may contact the Human Resources Department at (626) 396-2270.