Utah State University

Professional Practice Assistant or Associate Professor

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(10/6/2022 9:35 AM)
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Position Type
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 Department of Technology, Design, and Technical Education (TDTE) at Utah State University (USU) is searching for a candidate to fill the faculty position of Professional Practice Assistant or Associate Professor, in the Outdoor Product Design and Development (OPDD) degree program. This unique 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 industry. The OPDD program offers a Bachelor of Science degree that prepares students for product design, development, and product line management in the outdoor and other product-related industries.


This is a full-time academic year appointment (nine months) on the USU Logan campus with opportunities for summer employment. This position’s primary role will be teaching (95%) in the OPDD program. In addition, all OPDD faculty members are expected to contribute positively to the university through a service role (5%).


OPDD and USU are committed to creating a vibrant community of diverse perspectives and life circumstances. OPDD faculty strive to create a nurturing work environment that supports individuals. We want to encourage candidates from non-traditional career paths and those who have taken time off for family reasons to apply for this position. Utah State University is an equal opportunity institution/employer offering opportunities for all. Women, racial minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete details on our policy, please see https://www.usu.edu/policies/303/.


The preferred start date for this position is January 1st, 2023. An alternative start date is August 1st, 2023. If selected for interview, please be prepared to show 2-5 samples of preofessional work. 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 OPDD degree program. The instructional focus will be placed on the design and development-oriented curriculum for OPDD students. 
  • Specific techniques will include an emphasis on outdoor gear design, development, construction, advanced sewing, manufacturing methods, and prototyping.
  • Additional responsibilities include junior/senior studio oversight with the shared responsibility of lab space and equipment management.
  • Participation in university, college, and school/departmental activities are required as part of each USU faculty member’s service responsibilities.
  • In addition, engagement in the community is expected.
  • The successful candidate will also aid other OPDD and department faculty in preparing and delivering course materials supporting extracurricular activities.
  • In addition, the effective use of USU’s learning management system (i.e., Canvas) is required to provide course materials.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned BA, BS, BFA, MS, MA, MFA, or Ph.D. degree in Industrial Design, Design, Apparel, Sports Product Design, Technology and Manufacturing, or closely related field (completed by appointment date).
    • If holding a bachelor’s degree, five years of design or development experience working with a company or companies that manufacture and/or market products used in outdoor recreation or similar activities.
    • If holding a master’s degree, a minimum of three years of experience in the above.
    • If holding a Doctorate level degree, a minimum of two years of experience in the above.
  • Ability to prototype using industry-standard equipment in gear and soft goods fabrication.
  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication, interpersonal, organizational, and team skills.
  • Record of successful partnerships with multiple companies involved in the designing, developing, and/or manufacturing 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 design, manufacture, and/or market products used in outdoor recreation or similar activities.
  • Gear construction and advanced sewing experience with typical machines used in industry.
  • University teaching experience.
  • Factory experience.
  • Ability to contribute to OPDD’s commitment to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities in one or more of the following:

  • 2D and 3D design skills
  • Proficiency in Adobe products (Illustrator & Photoshop) and Excel or equivalent.
  • Proficiency in 3D modeling and rendering in Clo, Browzwear, or equivalent.
  • Gear construction experience.
  • Advanced sewing and seam welding experience.
  • Patterning experience.
  • Manufacturing and production knowledge.
  • Performance textiles knowledge.
  • Knowledge of sustainability and sustainable practices.
  • Tech pack experience.
  • Prototyping experience.

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”
  2. Cover Letter to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  3. Three Professional References with contact information

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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

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 employs 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, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

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 11/2022


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