Instructor/Teaching Assistant Professors – The Design School

The Design School


The Design School at Arizona State University seeks multiple faculty at the Instructor and Assistant Teaching Professor ranks to serve in-person and online programs in Architecture, Environmental Design,  Graphic Design and  Industrial Design. Faculty may teach for both in-person and online degrees and may serve multiple disciplinary programs depending on areas of expertise. Instructor and Assistant Teaching Professors are year-to-year faculty appointments that are renewed annually depending on the needs of the programs. Positions begin August 15, 2024 and will be located on the Tempe Campus.

The Design School is committed to creating inclusive spaces that welcome and decolonize design education. In the next several years, we are conducting faculty searches to help us achieve this goal. We seek colleagues who can contribute, within their design field, to justice, health, and sustainability, and work across our school’s disciplines. We are especially interested in applicants who are dedicated to advancing the ASU Charter and realizing ASU’s Design Aspirations.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, is located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; and ASU FIDM; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, and increasing the capacity of artists and designers to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is the largest and most comprehensive school for design education, with programs ranked top 20 in the nation. From programs in architecture, landscape architecture and industrial design to interior design, urban design and visual communication, our students master the skills and research techniques needed for their future design professions through innovative, transdisciplinary methods. Our mission is to educate future designers to shape collaborations, synthesize complexity and catalyze transformation for public good. By engaging in dynamic and ongoing discourse about the future of design education, we aim to create a school that is more relevant, collaborative and equitable. Join us at Arizona State University and be part of creating the next generation of design. For information about The Design School, visit:

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate must possess:

  • For Assistant Teaching Professors, a terminal degree (MArch, MLA, MFA, MDes, Ph.D,or equivalent) in one of the design disciplines or a related discipline, and two years of professional design experience. For Instructors, a graduate degree in one of the design disciplines or a related discipline and three years of professional experience, or a degree in a design or related discipline and seven years of professional design experience. International applicants must have a graduate degree. Degree must be completed by start of the appointment.
  • One year of experience teaching in a design discipline or related field;
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching.

Desired Qualifications:

Preference will be given to individuals with:

  • Five years of experience teaching in one or more of The Design School disciplines at the university level;
  • Demonstrated ability to instruct in multiple modalities, including online, in-person and hybrid, to both undergraduate and graduate audiences;
  • Demonstrated expertise in current or emergent design practices such as visual sensemaking, user experience design, service design, speculative design, online design education, participatory design, design history, design ethics, virtual reality, design of artificial intelligence, design for behavior change, inclusive design, design justice, design for sustainability, design for health, community-engaged design, and design management;
  • Commitment to exploring the current and future roles of design in environmentally and socially responsible design practices;
  • A record of publication, presentation, creative practice, or research that is related to and can enhance the mission of The Design School.


Application Deadline:

The application deadline is April 4, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.


About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. In 2022, ASU was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution and in 2023, ASU joined the prestigious Association of American Universities. ASU is deeply committed to advancing in innovative ways while sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and empowering environment for all members of our community.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following materials as separate items:

  • C.V.
  • Letter of Interest
  • List of 3 references (Name, Affiliation, Email, Phone Number)
  • Two examples of either syllabi or sample assignments

Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials.


All applications must be submitted electronically via

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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