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How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via the University's employment portal. The following materials, combined as a SINGLE PDF FILE (500K maximum size), are required:
1) A letter of application that addresses:
  • Your qualifications and experiences relevant to the position;
  • How you see yourself contributing to the programs and mission of the Stamps School;
  • Your past experience and activities, and your future plans, to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion and to meet the educational needs and interests of a diverse community. 
2) A detailed CV.
3) A statement of creative work and/or research. 
4) A statement of teaching interests/philosophy. 
5) Up to 10 examples of creative work/research/scholarship, including images and/or published work/research (as applicable) and brief project descriptions. Link to an online portfolio strongly preferred.
6) If applicable, documentation of teaching experience to include up to 10 examples of student work (images and brief descriptions) and samples or links to course syllabi. Link to an online portfolio strongly preferred.
7) The names and contact information for at least three professional references.

Job Summary

To become part of an exciting and ambitious academic vision, we are seeking qualified candidates for the following full-time 9-month tenure-track faculty positions, with a start date of September 1, 2017:

Professor – Design 
Candidates should be designers with an international reputation and a record of leadership, teaching, and service commensurate with a senior faculty appointment at a research university. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in the theory and application of service design, systems design, design strategy, design innovation, and/or related fields, and with the ability to contribute significantly to graduate level research and teaching. The successful candidate will teach a range of undergraduate courses and graduate studios and seminars, and will contribute to efforts to develop a Stamps School PhD program in design.


  • Maintain a research and/or creative practice agenda commensurate with faculty rank.
  • Teach four courses per academic year in area of expertise.
  • Advise students and participate in student recruitment activities.
  • Serve the School and University through participation in committees and faculty governance activities.

Required Qualifications*

  • An MDes or equivalent degree, with a PhD preferred. 
  • University-level teaching experience.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A leader and visionary with the capacity to engage emerging fields and define new areas of inquiry. 
  • Industry experience in relevant areas.
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to research / creative work and/or teaching in an interdisciplinary manner with faculty, students, and professionals in other disciplines.  
  • A strong commitment to and experience working with socially-engaged / community-based practices and sustainable and resilient design practices.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research, or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment.
  • Dedicated to working at the intersection of art and design pedagogy with the ability to extend one’s practice beyond a primary area of specialization.
  • Well prepared to teach in a developmental way across the curricula and to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Additional Information

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples. Information on the University’s Family Friendly policies, programs, services and benefits for faculty can be found at

Background Screening

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.