2024 Industrial/Product Design Assistant Professor/Lecturer

March 13, 2024

Job Description

Wenzhou-Kean University

2024 Industrial/Product DesignAssistant Professor/Lecturer

About Wenzhou-Kean University

Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU), located in Wenzhou, China, is one of
three Sino-American universities along with NYU Shanghai and Duke Kunshan University. Launched in 2012, WKU offers a unique model of higher
education in partnership with Kean University, a comprehensive public university in the state of New Jersey. WKU is approved by the Ministry
of Education of China and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. WKU sits on approximately 500 beautiful acres
and currently enrolls 4,600 undergraduate students, and it is now in the midst of a rapid growth that will bring enrollment to 7,500
students within the next five years. All instruction is in English and all curriculum is provided by Kean University. In addition to its
current 18 undergraduate programs, WKU has been approved by the Ministry of Education for offering 8 Master’s and 3 doctorate
programs. Wenzhou is one of the most vibrant and economically developed cities on China’s East Coast, located one hour by plane and just
over three hours by high-speed train from Shanghai.

About the Job:

The College of Architecture & Design
at WKU is seeking vibrant candidates to teach undergraduate studio and lecture courses within the professional industrial design program
experience in one or more of the following: 3D technologies, bio-materials, programming, parametric design, and mechanical design engineer.
Candidates with work experience and knowledge of Art and Technology are preferred. Additional experience in domestic products, furniture,
sustainable design, space-saving products, toys, pharmaceuticals, and point of purchase is desirable. In addition to teaching and/or
research, faculty are expected to devote non-teaching hours to advising and providing other support services to students, primarily career
mentorship and placement. The ideal candidate will contribute intellectually to the formation of this professional program by developing
research and/or creative scholarship that may include refereed publications, competitive creative work, scholarly presentations and
sponsored projects appropriate to an assistant academic level; participating in innovative teaching and curriculum development; and actively
engaging in professional organizations.

All faculty positions are full-time assignments, effective for the start of the Fall 2024
semester. These positions are full-time assignments appointed on a 3-year contract at the first instance.

A non-tenure track Lecturer
is a full-time, 11-month employee who teaches 39 credits per year and provides student and learning support services during the assigned
period. Lecturers will be expected to provide high quality teaching, student advisement, learning support services, and service to the
university/college/school/program and/or professional community; and perform related work as required.

A tenure-track Assistant
Professor is a full time, 10-month employee who teaches 24 credits per academic year (course release is available for grant proposal
development and other substantial research initiatives). Candidate will be expected to participate in the full range of faculty
responsibilities, including high-quality teaching, research, advising; student learning support; service to the
university/college/school/program and/or professional community. Tenure-track appointments require high-quality articles in internationally
recognized and peer-reviewed journals, book publications in academic presses, scholarly presentation in conferences/seminars, grants for
curation and invitation for exhibition, prestigious international design awards, and other scholarly contributions and creative
productions.

Teaching assignments and related responsibilities may include day, evening, weekend, and online courses. Interest or
experience in using advanced instructional technologies to improve the teaching/learning process is highly desirable. All faculty may be
required to teach General Education courses as needed. Opportunities are also available to teach disciplinary support courses. Candidates
with an interest in teaching across disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications:

A terminal degree is
required for tenure-track positions in Design. One of the degrees must be in industrial/product design or a closely related field.
Equivalent professional experience may be considered to substitute for a Master’s degree as determined by the University. Candidate
must have a proven record of professional work and/or academic scholarship. A minimum of one year of teaching experience at the
post-secondary level and English fluency are required for all positions. A terminal degree from a prestigious design school or
teaching/professional experience in well-recognized institutions or firms are preferred.

Application
Information:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled. Please send cover
letter, resume, portfolio, statement of teaching philosophy, research statement describing research and creative work interest, past
accomplishments, awards, exhibits, and design projects, unofficial transcripts and contact information of three professional references by
email to Search Committee Chairperson at wkudesign@wku.edu.cn. Official transcripts for all degrees and three current letters of recommendation are
required before appointment.

Faculty positions at WKU offer:

· Annual salary is commensurate with
qualifications and experience with the range from $65,000-$70,000 for Lecturers; $68,000-$75,000 for Assistant Professors. Salary of
extraordinary candidates shall be determined on a case-by-case basis.

· A well-rounded healthcare coverage of Cigna, academic
travel up to $2,000, housing options and subsidy up to $3,000, home traveling up to $6,000 (2 international round-trip airfares), a
reimbursement to cover relocation expenses up to $1,000, shuttle bus to campus for work, and up to 8% front-load retirement benefits within
accordance with completion of years of service with the University.

· A well-rounded healthcare coverage of Cigna, academic
travel up to $2,000, housing options and subsidy up to $3,000, home traveling up to $6,000 (2 international round-trip airfares), a
reimbursement to cover relocation expenses up to $1,000, shuttle bus to campus for work, and up to 8% front-load retirement benefits within
accordance with completion of years of service with the University.

· Tuition discount of private/international kindergarten,
elementary, middle and high schools for children of faculty.

· A collegial environment.

· The opportunity to
teach high quality students with more than 60% graduates being admitted to the graduate schools at Top 100 Universities in the world.

Background Screening:

Wenzhou-Kean University conducts background screenings on all job candidates upon
acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background Screenings.