Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

03 February 2012

Professor of Industrial Design

Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Applications by March 1, 2012


The Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology is appointing a high profile Professor of Industrial Design for leadership in a preeminent design school with an international reputation for research. The Professor of Industrial Design will contribute to innovation and excellence in research, teaching, and learning in the discipline in the Faculty and through national and international collaboration.

We seek a strong professional designer with solid teaching experience.

We also seek demonstrated ability in applied research to develop the discipline, working with business and industry in Australia and around the world while.

For application information, please go to the Swinburne web site and click on External Jobs:


The Faculty of Design

Our purpose is to sustain our world by leading a philosophy of respectful design.

At the Swinburne Faculty of Design, we focus on design as thought and action for solving problems and imagining new futures. We emphasize strategic design to create value through innovative products and services.

Creativity, critical inquiry, and ethics guide the Swinburne philosophy of respectful design. We value understanding, empathy, and appreciation for people, for nature, and for the world we shape through design. Our designers, researchers, and graduates work serve business, industry, and the public sector. We base our actions and choices on sustainability principles for positive social and economic outcomes.

The Faculty of Design emphasizes rigorous research for effective results in today’s challenging design profession. All new appointments to the academic staff have a PhD degree. Teaching, creative practice, and research are the foundation of robust professional education. We expect senior staff to have a strong research profile, and we expect junior staff to demonstrate the potential for innovative research. Our emphasis on published research enables us to share what we do with Australia and with the world.

Academics and administrators at the Faculty of Design are “design people.” Our culture is: equitable, respectful, creative, innovative, resilient, vibrant, and inspired. We state our focus in four words:

“Design respectfully, grow responsibly.”


Our Beliefs

- We work with design as a way of thinking and working to create preferred outcomes.

- We offer research-led, theory-informed, practice-relevant design education.

- We inspire people with the power and potential of design.

- We deliver the highest quality in education and experiences for individual students.

- We embrace sustainability principles to underpin all our activities.

- We nurture an equitable community that enables people to flourish.

- We work with industry, government, and community to create new possibilities.

- We grow stronger by internationalizing everything we do.


Professional Education

The Faculty of Design offers 3-year professional Bachelor of Design degrees and 4-year honors degrees in Communication Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Digital Media Design. We share the Bachelor of Engineering (Product Design Engineering) with the Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Science. We also offer a Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Business double degree as well as the Bachelor of Communication. Many students undertake industry practice as part of their degree work.

The Faculty of Design includes the Swinburne School of Film and Television. The School offers a Bachelor of Film and Television and a suite of industry-specific undergraduate and postgraduate programs with strong industry links. Swinburne graduates are employed in many areas of the film and television profession.

The Faculty of Design offers postgraduate courses and the MDes in the design disciplines and design anthropology.


Research Education

The Faculty of Design offers the PhD and the MDes by Research. We have one of the world’s best PhD programs in design with strong supervision and one of the highest completion rates in Australia.


Swinburne Design Factory

The Swinburne Design Factory is an industry-focused, university-wide research center for staff and students from all faculties. The Design Factory is built on the highly successful ‘Living Lab’ model pioneered at Aalto Design Factory in Finland. We collaborate closely with Design Factory living labs at Aalto University in Helsinki and at Tongji University in Shanghai.


Research at Swinburne Design

Our research takes place through the National Institute for Design Research with research in neuroaffective design, cultures-based innovation, strategic design, and design education. We have 25 tenured

academics: 10 senior researchers and 15 early career researchers as well as 20 doctoral research fellows. Our research focuses on theory and practice of industrial design, communication design and strategic design, along with design history and management. We also engage in multi-disciplinary research involving collaboration with colleagues in such diverse fields as business, information communication technology, and psychology.

In 2008, Swinburne made the strategic decision to focus on traditional, empirical research methods and outcomes with publication as the standard measure of research quality. Design research at Swinburne provides business, industry and government with empirical research for innovation and development, creating strategic opportunities for manufacturing through research in the cognitive components of artefacts, neurological measures of aesthetic response, and understanding of visual recognition and affective processing. Our researchers develop new and profitable business models by successfully capitalising on such new fields as augmented reality and social media.

Swinburne works with Delft University of Technology, Cambridge University and Vienna University in Project UMA, a global research program in neuroaffective design funded by the Dutch National Science Fund with a 1,500,000 Euro grant, the largest grant ever awarded for a pure research project in design.

Swinburne has also hosted highly influential conferences on strategic design, design thinking, participatory innovation and cultures-based innovation, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Victorian Endowment for Science, Knowledge, and Innovation, Design Victoria (VESKI), and the Victorian state government.


Design and Research with Impact

Professors at Swinburne Design influence business, industry, and government through publications, invitations to speak at state, national, and global forums, and advisory roles for state and federal government. At Swinburne, you will work with the Chairman of VTT International – the Technical Research Center of Finland, the President-Elect of the International Institute for Information Design in Vienna, the Past President of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations, the recent Thinker in Residence for South Australia, and the Vice President of Cumulus, the international association of art and design schools, along with the editors and editorial board members for 6 of the top 12 research journals in design.

Swinburne experts have undertaken studies on design policy, manufacturing policy, innovation and industry for the governments of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, as well as for the state governments of South Australia and Victoria, and the Australian Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet.


For application information, please go to the Swinburne web site and click on External Jobs:

For further information, please contact:

Professor Ken Friedman

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Stephen Langdon

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