Job Description Summary
The School of Industrial and Graphic Design (SIGD) at Auburn University seeks qualified individuals to serve as a Lecturer of Industrial Design to lead teaching and research initiatives in support of SIGD’s Futures Studio based in Mobile, Alabama. This 3-year academic appointment (typically 70% teaching, 25% admin/operations, 5% service), is set to begin August 16, 2022, and may be potentially renewable dependent upon future conditions.
The Mobile Futures Studio
Launched in the fall of 2017, the Mobile Futures Studio is an educational venture developed to partner with and advance the vision of the city, local businesses, and organizations within the Gulf region. As a tangible example of the land-grant mission of Auburn University, the Futures Studio is uniquely positioned to become an innovation catalyst in the economic development of the Mobile area with faculty and students working on a diverse portfolio of design projects each semester. Studio workspaces and fabrication facilities are housed within the Alabama Contemporary Art Center in the heart of historic downtown Mobile, Alabama with student residences located only a few blocks away.
Blending relaxed coastal living with a hip vibe, Mobile boasts a vibrant arts community that supports a variety of attractions such as the Mobile Museum of Art, the Saenger Theater, and Mobile Symphony. With Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Shores beaches less than an hour away, the city of Mobile is poised for growth as the ninth largest port in the U.S. with key industries in aviation, aerospace, chemical, shipbuilding, and steel manufacturing.
About the Industrial Design Programs (B.IND and M.IND) at Auburn
The School of Industrial and Graphic Design is housed within the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. One of the first ID established programs in the nation (1945), Auburn Industrial Design is also one of the earliest National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredited programs in the nation. The studio-based curriculum, reformed on the Ulm model in the 1960s, focuses on teaching systematic approaches in the application of human-centered design. Today, faculty in SIGD form a cohesive body that fosters a close-knit relationship with students through hands-on collaborative projects with studios both in Auburn and Mobile. Balancing human needs, technical realities, and business intent, collaboration with industry partners has become a key component of the academic experience at Auburn. For the past two decades, the program has enjoyed success with industry collaborators that include: 3M, IBM, HP, Smucker’s, PlayCore, NASA, Emerson Tool Company, Microsoft, and the Smithsonian Institution. As a result, Auburn’s Industrial Design’s Graduate and Undergraduate programs have consistently ranked within the top 10 nationally.
For more information about the School of Industrial and Graphic Design, please visit http://cadc.auburn.edu/design
About Auburn University
Established in 1856, Auburn University is listed as a top-tier Carnegie R1 institution and is one of the few land, sea, and space grant institutions in the nation. With a fall 2021 enrollment of 30,737, Auburn students represent all fifty states in the U.S. and more than 90 foreign countries. Auburn University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes BCBS health insurance, retirement plans, as well as 50-percent undergraduate tuition waiver for spouses and dependents.
Established in 1856, Auburn University is listed as a top-tier Carnegie R1 institution and is one of the few land, sea, and space grant institutions in the nation. With a fall 2021 enrollment of 30,737, Auburn students represent all fifty states in the U.S. and more than 90 foreign countries.
Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and the new Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center offer world-class exhibitions and performances within the local community. The surrounding town of Auburn, Alabama boasts a wide range of public amenities, a highly-ranked public school system, has been rated among the ‘Top 100 Best Places to Live in America’ by Money magazine in 2019 and one of the ‘South’s Best College Towns’ by Southern Living magazine. U.S. News and World Report also ranked Auburn as one of the top 50 public universities in the nation, as well as the top university in the state. Auburn is conveniently located along Interstate 85, 90-minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Shores beaches less than four hours away. Auburn University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes BCBS health insurance, retirement plans, as well as 50-percent undergraduate tuition waiver for spouses and dependents.
Qualifications for this appointment include a) an earned terminal degree in industrial design or closely aligned field at the time employment begins b) the ability to teach studios and lectures in the disciplines of product design, experience/service design, or a strategically related field, c) the experience or proven ability to coordinate logistics of the Mobile Futures Studio program. Successful candidates will have the capacity to lead creative design teams of students and professionals to grow collaborative programs between SIGD and organizations within the Gulf region. In addition to teaching and managing studios within the undergraduate program (B.IND) in Mobile, this position may also contribute remotely to other design coursework held on the Auburn University main campus.