Associate Professor of Design Practice and Theory

Location: New York, NY Posted: Oct 11

Job Description

Parsons School of Design, a division of The New School, seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of associate professor within the School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT).

The ideal candidate will have expertise in innovative methodologies for the conceptual and contextual study of design practice, and will have developed a rigorous critical discourse on historical and contemporary design. Candidates must be interdisciplinary in their research, whether in art and architectural history, archaeology, anthropology, design history, design studies, history, material culture, visual studies, or related field. Preference will be given to candidates whose scholarship integrates design with the Social Sciences and the Liberal Arts, and whose pedagogy crosses fluently between seminar and studio formats. Candidates should demonstrate leadership in shaping design discourse from this perspective. The candidate should have experience with innovative pedagogies that will engage students from across Parsons and the wider University community. The New School is committed to actively recruiting applications from a diverse pool. We encourage candidates from groups underrepresented by US higher education to apply. Applicants are encouraged to speak briefly in their cover letters about their experiences in non-traditional and/or diversity environments.

The faculty member will teach 5 courses or the equivalent per year at both undergraduate and graduate levels, to students from a variety of disciplines across Parsons and The New School. The faculty member will hold regular office hours for students and colleagues, and participate in other classroom and extracurricular activities on a regular basis. University citizenship includes service activities that may include program directorship (with course release), and rotating leadership roles on curriculum, search and promotion committees. Tenure-track faculty are expected to continue to participate actively and with distinction in creative or scholarly work.
The position will be expected to provide support to the undergraduate core curriculum and the undergraduate minors within ADHT, and contribute to the connections among the school’s three graduate degree programs in Design Studies, Fashion Studies and in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies (in collaboration with the Cooper Hewitt Museum), both in New York and in Paris. The faculty member will help develop cross-college curriculum between Parsons, the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, NSSR, the School of Public Engagement and Parsons Paris. The faculty member will be expected to be an active part of a leadership team to implement curricular and academic policies, and must contribute to maintaining an educationally diverse and creative community in all its activities and programs.

Applications review will begin Oct. 15, 2017, and continues until the position is filled.The final decision to hire is subject to budget approval by the Office of the Provost.

The ideal candidate should have:
- A completed PhD in Art and Architectural History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Design History, Design Studies, History, Material Culture, Visual Studies, or related field.
- Minimum 5-7 years teaching experience at the university level with a commitment to undergraduate as well as graduate pedagogy.
- Active and current experimental, creative and critical scholarship especially in the area of design practice.
- Demonstrated history of developing critical, historical and theoretical discussion around multidisciplinarity in the classroom as they relate to design and contemporary culture.
- Ability to develop and nurture individual student’s design thinking abilities and a strong commitment to progressive design pedagogies.
- Commitment to research and scholarship toward developing serious, critical and theoretical discourse.
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with faculty and students.
- Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills.
- Good management skills, including the ability to meet deadlines, communicate and motivate effectively.

Applicants for faculty positions must apply on-line using the streamlined faculty application on The New School human resources website Applicants may be contacted at the discretion of the search committee for additional materials, such as digital work samples.

The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.

Position Start Date: July 2018

In addition to a dynamic and progressive work environment, The New School offers a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, retirement plans, flexible spending accounts and a tuition waiver. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and offer employee assistance services, health and well-being programs and over four weeks of vacation time per year.

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