Assistant Professor of Design History

University of Wisconsin

Stout, WI

ID: 7191932
Posted: November 7, 2023
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The University of Wisconsin-Stout invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in design history within the largest public school of art and design in the upper Midwest. Seeking candidates with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and a desire to shape students' perspectives on design history and practice. Primary expectations include teaching at the undergraduate level with potential to teach at the graduate level if appropriately qualified with terminal degree, conduct creative research, and perform service to the University in the form of committees and other activities to assist university functions. Course delivery is in-person and in accordance with NASAD standards. This is a full-time, 9-month academic year position.

Typical courses include survey level History of Design along with potential survey of art history courses and courses in area of expertise, based on ability and need. An innovative and robust research agenda is highly valued and is an essential aspect of this position. Opportunities to develop new curriculum in art and design history in area of applicant¿s interest and expertise. Faculty mentorship and reduced university service expectations in first year of employment. Opportunities for funded research and collaboration in design history. State retirement system, generous health insurance coverage and family benefits. Career-related educational reimbursement available as well as loan forgiveness for qualified individuals.

This advertised position is just one of several opportunities the University of Wisconsin-Stout is searching for this year due to continued enrollment growth in the School of Art & Design. Please visit Careers & Jobs to learn about art and design teaching opportunities currently open at UW-Stout.



Minimum / Required

Have one of the following by date of hire:
Terminal Degree (including ABD) in relevant field
Master¿s Degree with 5 years of experience in relevant field
Evidence of potential for teaching excellence
Background in design history, art history or a related field
Evidence of excellent written and organizational skills
Highly Desired/Preferred

Completed Terminal Degree in related field of study
Evidence of excellence in teaching
Ability to teach courses in design history and survey of art history
Interest in developing or presently conducting research in design history or art history
Interest to teach courses related to design history and develop new curriculum in design or art history such as history of graphic design, history of illustration, industrial product design and other areas
Demonstrated success working with diverse student populations
Commitment to cultivating a work environment and student experience that embraces inclusion
Note: A terminal degree (M.F.A., Ph.D., etc.) required for promotion to full professor, unless by special exception process.


- Teach courses in accordance with NASAD standards
- Provide student academic advisement and conduct assessment of student learning. This includes contributing to academic program assessment, accreditation, and continuous improvement processes, in collaboration with faculty and staff.
- Write curriculum for new areas in design or art history
- Contribute to Department, School and/or University committees
- Conduct research in design or art history
- Attend department and School of Art and Design meetings
- Demonstrate organizational skills, collegiality
- Foster a rigorous and inclusive learning environment


The School of Art & Design has over 85 faculty/staff and over 1,300 students, making it the largest higher education art and design entity in the upper Midwest. The School of Art & Design student population accounts for roughly 20% of the on-campus undergraduate population at UW-Stout. Our school serves MFA in Design, eight undergraduate degrees, and six minors.