Kansas City Art Institute — Product Design Faculty Position

Product Design Faculty Position Announcement
Position Beginning in Academic Year 2020-21

Kansas City Art Institute is a leading NASAD accredited college of art and design, founded in 1885 and located in the cultural heart of metropolitan Kansas City, Missouri. The college enrolls nearly 700 undergraduate students drawn regionally, nationally and internationally. Kansas City is home to leading product design companies resulting in one of the nation’s strongest design communities.

The Product Design department of Kansas City Art Institute invites applications and nominations for a new full-time, non-tenure track faculty position in Product Design. This position will be a 9-month appointment, beginning August 2020. Ranking and compensation based on experience.

We seek a well-rounded design educator to play a key role in further developing this new major and promoting a progressive mission; including creating new curricula and building strong industry relationships. The successful candidate will demonstrate (1) a keen eye toward to the future of product design and an understanding of how that can influence progressive design education; (2) the ability to teach a combination of practice-based studio classes to multiple levels of undergraduate students; and (3) the skills to collaboratively contribute to the activities, service, and growth of the department, college, and the broader professional communities..

KCAI Department of Product Design
The KCAI Product Design program leverages the Institute’s strengths in creative form-making while taking a deep dive into the design of products and systems that actively respond to global challenges. The program is distinguished by the innovative connectivities that are at its core; collaborations with all art and design disciplines, industry professionals, entrepreneurship educators, alumni, and community leaders. The Product Design program’s core mission is to prepare future designers to be agents for change through the objects and systems they create.

A key feature of KCAI’s Product Design program is its unique collaboration with University of Missouri at Kansas City’s Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Through this partnership we provide students with access to top entrepreneurship classes, providing industry insights and business acumen for students to advance their product ideas and career goals.
For more details, please visit www.kcai.edu/product-design

Preferred Experience, Skills and Education

  • Terminal degree or its equivalent in industrial design / product design
  • Demonstrated experience working in design
  • Relevant background for teaching courses at the undergraduate level
  • Capacity to design products using current and emerging technologies and processes
  • Demonstrated history of innovation
  • Excellent communication skills

Application Deadlines and Procedures
Although the position is open until filled, fullest attention will be given to those applications received by January 10, 2020. Reviews of applications will begin on January 15, 2020. Applications received during the on-campus finalist stage of the search are not guaranteed consideration.

Apply by e-mail to: jobs+productdesign2020@kcai.edu
* Submit via PDF format only, which may include internet links

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of vision pertaining to the future of design and design education
  • Portfolio of design work and student work
  • List of three professional references we may contact

Applications with accessible PDF files and workable web links will normally be acknowledged within one week of submission.

Questions may be directed to:
Human Resources

KCAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Kansas City Art Institute is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, gender identity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law.

KCAI provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in the job application process. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact the Human Resources Department about your interest in employment. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Kansas City Art Institute’s Human Resource Office at hr@kcai.edu.

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