Utah State University

Outdoor Product Design and Development Professional Practice Assistant/Associate Professor

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 months ago(3/8/2022 11:38 AM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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College of Agriculture & Applied Sc
Applied Sciences Technology & Educ
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education department at Utah State University is searching for a candidate to fill the faculty position of a Professional Practice Assistant or Associate Professor, in the Outdoor Product Design and Development (OPDD) degree program. This unique and young program offers academic, field, and industry-based experiences that bring together design, engineering, outdoor recreation, sustainability, business, and many other concepts important in the supply chain of outdoor products and business. The OPDD program is bachelor of science degree program that prepares students for product design and/or development in the outdoor and other product related industries.

This is a full-time, academic year appointment (nine months), on the Utah State University Logan campus with opportunities for summer employment.  This position’s primary role assignment will be teaching (95%) in the OPDD program. All USU faculty members are also expected to make positive contributions to the University through a service role (5%).


The position will begin on August 1, 2022, and application reviews and interviews will continue until the position is filled.


The successful candidate for this position will develop and teach undergraduate courses for the Outdoor Product, Design, and Development degree program.  Instructional emphasis will be placed on design-oriented courses for OPDD students.  Specific courses within the work assignment may include sketching, tech pack development (illustrator or equivalent), 3-D modeling of outdoor products with an emphasis in softproduct, manufacturing methods and prototyping; and junior/senior studio oversight.  Participation in university, college, and/or school/departmental activities is required as part of each USU faculty member’s service responsibilities, and engagement in the local community is expected.  This individual will also aid other OPDD and ASTE faculty in the preparation and delivery of course materials, and in support of extracurricular activities.  In addition, the effective use of USU’s learning management system (i.e., Canvas) is required in the delivery of course materials.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned MS or MA, or higher in Industrial Design, Design, Technology and Manufacturing, or closely related field (completed by date of appointment).
  • Three years of design experience working with a company or companies that manufacture, and/or market products used in outdoor recreation or similar activities.
  • Ability to prototype using industry standard equipment in soft or hard product.
  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication, interpersonal, organizational, and team skills.
  • Record of successful partnerships with multiple companies involved in the design and/or development of products used in outdoor recreation or similar activities.
  • Demonstrated capacity to succeed in teaching at the university level. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five or more years of design experience working with a company or companies that manufacture, and/or market products used in outdoor recreation or similar activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Proficiency in, Adobe products (Illustrator & Photoshop) and Excel or equivalent.
  • Proficiency in 3-D modeling in Solidworks, Rhino, Clo, Browzwear, or equivalent.
  • Proficiency in rendering models using Keyshot, Clo, Browzwear, or equivalent.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
    1. Include educational degrees and dates of completion; employment with dates and description of responsibilities; professional certifications and dates of completion; a list of the design software that you use regularly and the level of experience; and a list of your professional publications, memberships, awards/recognition, and the associated dates.
  2. Documents to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
    1. Cover letter - describe your qualifications for this OPDD position and a detailed explanation of your teaching philosophy
    2. A professional portfolio provided as a PDF file (10MB maximum).
    3. Copies of all post-secondary course/degree transcripts.  Official transcripts will be required of all people selected for a campus interview.
  3. Contact information for five professional references

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 04/18/2022


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