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Posted On December 16, 2019

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Transportation Design

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Transportation Design

Industrial Design

The Industrial Design Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art is seeking an exceptional multi-faceted designer to fill a full-time ranked position as an Assistant/Associate Professor of Transportation Design. This position offers the opportunity to build on the college’s track record of transportation design success, while developing a broader vision for the role of mobility in society.

The Industrial Design program at the Cleveland Institute of Art is recognized as one of the top programs in the US and has a long track record of success in educating transportation designers. Prominent alumni work with OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and other industries and are known as strong creative problem-solvers. Our ongoing relationship with major manufacturers has ensured a close connection with industry and ongoing personal interaction with practicing designers. However our goal is to expand beyond current relationships and transform the current view of automotive design.


  • A forward-looking individual with vision and leadership abilities to develop curriculum, professional partnerships, project sponsorship, and facilities.
  • A service minded individual and team player who will engage with the faculty of the whole college.
  • Automotive industry experience with vehicle interior and exterior design.
  • Design experience beyond automotive (product, entertainment, UX/UI or other)A strong automotive design technical and professional background.
  • Ability to engage students through methods and processes that support research-based education, problem-solving, team leadership, project development, and professional practices.
  • Familiarity with contemporary issues and trends, in addition to a historical context of transportation design.
  • Experience in teaching or mentoring, and operating in facilities that include a broad range of materials and technologies.
  • Ability to foster interest in professional practices, entrepreneurship, and industry.
  • A strong advocate for students, alumni, and the Industrial Design program at CIA.
  • Openness to teaching assignments that bridge multiple disciplines (product design, entertainment design, foundational studies, etc).
  • A strong contributor committed to building and maintaining a professional and civil work environment for all employees of the Institute.

Position requirements:

An undergraduate degree in industrial design is required and a graduate degree is desirable. A record of professional work and achievement. Additional experience preferred: teaching; curriculum development; course management; communication; organization of teaching materials (lectures, handouts, projects, initiatives, and student resources); leadership; internship/industry/education connection and collaboration skills; project management.

All full-time ranked faculty members are expected to participate in departmental and school-wide committees, curriculum development, advising of undergraduate students, and assessment of programs.

Applicants must submit the following (in PDF form):

  • Letter of intent summarizing qualifications
  • Statement describing your thoughts on the future of transportation, vision of how CIA will have a leadership role in shaping transportation and teaching philosophy or approach.
  • Current CV/Resume
  • At least 20 examples of professional work
  • 10-20 examples of student work (if applicable)
  • List of 3 professional references with contact information

Submit complete application materials via email:

  • All application materials must be submitted in a single pdf file in the order listed. Limit pdf file size to 10MB or less and label the file as follows: last name_first name_ID2019.
  • Applicants are required to set up an account on (free) to submit complete application file to:
  • Questions can be directed to Rachael Sauber, Office of Academic Affairs,

Position begins July 2020 for the academic year. Review of applications is scheduled to begin immediately and will continue until February 3rd, 2020. Finalists will be notified by February 21, 2020, and additional materials may be requested at that time. Academic transcripts and background check authorization will be required for finalists. The Institute offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Rank and compensation are commensurate with experience and qualifications.


The Cleveland Institute of Art is one of the nation's leading accredited independent colleges of art and design. Since 1882, the college has been an educational cornerstone in Cleveland, Ohio, and produces graduates competitive as studio artists, designers, contemporary craftsmen, and educators.

CIA is committed to leadership and vision in all forms of visual arts education with 15 majors in the arts, crafts, integrated media, and design. CIA delivers faculty mentorship, studio and academic rigor, cutting edge curriculum, and state-of-the-art facilities. By the time they graduate, all CIA students participate in Engaged Practice learning—professional projects involving collaboration with external partners. CIA is uniquely well-positioned among world-class colleges and universities, museums and galleries, parks, gardens, hospitals, and major partners in industry. The campus is in the heart of Cleveland’s culturally rich University Circle neighborhood, home to Case Western Reserve University; Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Cleveland Clinic; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; Western Reserve Historical Society; Cleveland Botanical Garden; and Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. Cuyahoga County provides generous public funding for the arts and supports hundreds of arts and cultural organizations.

Mission: To nurture the intellectual, artistic and professional development of students and community members through rigorous visual arts and design education.

Vision: To advance culture, community and global quality of life.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, committed to building and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, and to the principles that promote inclusion.

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As part of the Cleveland Institute of Art's commitment to the diversity of its workforce, applicants are requested to self-identify race/ethnicity. Providing this information is strictly voluntary and any information disclosed will not be used in the hiring process.

The Cleveland Institute of Art is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, committed to building and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, and to the principles that promote inclusion.

It is the policy of the Cleveland Institute of Art not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or gender identification, age, or disabilities, in employment practices, educational opportunities, admission, scholarship and loan programs, and other college-administered programs and activities.