Product Design candidate search

Dear Colleagues,

I'm pleased to announce the search for an assistant or associate professor in Product Design in the College of Design. I am asking your assistance by nominating individuals for this exciting and critical new opportunity.

As you know, the Product Design program is strongly supported by Provost Sullivan, and this new faculty position is funded through the compact process. The position has been reinvisioned to focus on the intersection of product design and design thinking with human health and well-being in its broadest sense. Specifically, we are looking for a colleague who will forge further connections with health-related initiatives across campus and with the well-established medical and health businesses in Minnesota, take a leadership role in developing new courses in product design and design thinking, participate in planning for a new interdisciplinary product design program with a focus on human health and well-being, create and grow a research program in the field of product design and design thinking, pursue external funding in support of her or his research agenda; and participate in faculty governance at the college and university levels.

Candidates must have a clear vision, a commitment to interdisciplinary work, experience in design or design thinking related to products and systems for human health and well-being, demonstrated or potential leadership skills, a global perspective, and strong collaborative and interpersonal skills. The full position description is available online.

This is a 100%-time, nine-month, tenure-track appointment, with the possibility of tenure at the associate level. The expected start date is August 30, 2010.

Please send the names and contact information for any nominees to Jan Batt at and Matt Kegler at I've attached a copy of the position announcement that you are welcome to forward to interested candidates. Please keep Jan and Matt notified of anyone to whom you send the announcement, so the committee can follow up with all interested individuals.

Thank you for your assistance in recruiting for this important new position.