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Assistant Professor of Industrial Design and Technology

The New School k

New York, NY

Feb 23
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Assistant Professor of Industrial Design and Technology

Tenure-Track Appointment

School of Constructed Environments

Parsons School of Design

Start date: July 1, 2024

Parsons School of Design, a college of The New School, acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of The Lenape People on which our faculty, staff and students work, learn, and create. We recognize that New York City has the largest urban Indigenous population in the United States.

We invite candidates for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor of Industrial Design and Technology in the School of Constructed Environments. This appointment will begin July 1, 2024.

We seek candidates who are active practitioners and/or researchers in the Product and Industrial Design fields with a focus on advanced, information-driven, digital design and fabrication processes. Ideal candidates will be an active practitioner, educator, and researcher in this field. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to circularity and the material basis of industrial and product design, including a respect for biodiversity and planetary health as demonstrated in their practices.

We are especially interested in candidates whose practice also demonstrates expertise in one of the following:

Engineering-based industrial design tools, including finite element analysis, parametric modeling, and generative artificial intelligence

Working across disciplines, especially across the practices of architecture and industrial design on building-scale products and prefabrication systems for construction.

Global industrial production systems, logistics, and supply chains

Candidates will lead seminars, fabrication courses, and design studios in product and industrial design at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The candidate should be able to adeptly respond to complex local and global production and fabrication contexts, and/or engage students with a diversity of skills, backgrounds, and interests.

Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments (SCE) engages the disciplines of architecture, interior design, lighting design, and industrial design -- ideal candidates will be able to collaborate within a focused discipline, and across all disciplines. As one of the only schools in the country that offer degrees in the full range of fields that construct our environment, SCE welcomes faculty who have a deep commitment to disciplinary rigor and cross-disciplinary collaborations. The school has over 150 faculty and nearly 800 students. Located in the heart of New York City, Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments nurtures tomorrow’s practitioners and guides them in designing socially just, environmentally regenerative, and innovative cities, buildings, interiors, lighting, and products. We foster the skills, values, and vision vital to creating more integrated, equitable, and delightful worlds.

The New School is strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this commitment.


The work of this faculty member is divided between (1) teaching, (2) scholarship or professional/creative practice, and (3) university service. The standard teaching load is five courses––or the equivalent––per academic year. Within their field of expertise, the faculty member will be expected to teach undergraduate, including First Year, as well as graduate courses, to majors and non-majors. They will hold regular office hours, and participate in extracurricular teaching activities such as critiques, review panels, thesis supervision, independent study, and advising. University service includes program, Parsons, and New School assignments on committees and task forces, and as program directors or associate directors with a reduced teaching load in graduate and undergraduate programs, including the undergraduate First Year. All faculty are expected to be engaged with scholarship or professional/creative practice at a level commensurate with their faculty rank.


An MFA in industrial or product design, a PhD in Engineering,or alternative terminal degree in related design/engineering field or equivalent professional experience.

Fluency in industry standard 2D and 3D CAD modeling software including output/machining technologies, rapid prototyping, CNC machinery, and laser cutting

Fluency in digital and automated output/machining technologies including, but not limited to, multi-material additive manufacturing, multi-axis CNC milling, digital output for soft materials, physical computing

Expertise in engineering-based industrial design tools, including FEA, AI, and parametric design

Active/current professional practice or creative/critical scholarship that demonstrates significant creative and professional achievement.

Two years teaching at college, university, community-based, and / or secondary education level with evidence of engagement with course and syllabus development / planning.

Strong interest in working collaboratively across Parsons and the University.

Ability to work effectively as part of a team, as a collaborator or lead.

Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines, communicate and motivate effectively.

Evidence of a commitment to educational equity in teaching, research, scholarship, professional/creative practice, or other experience.

Evidence of cross-cultural communication skills in teaching, research, scholarship, professional/creative practice, or other experience.

Evidence of demonstrated interest in / building the ability to mentor and support students from diverse backgrounds, to develop and nurture the individual student’s abilities, and a strong commitment to progressive education. This evidence can be in a candidate’s teaching, research, scholarship, professional/creative practice, or other experience.

Evidence of a commitment to diversity and inclusion (in classroom, campus, community) in teaching, research, scholarship, professional/creative practice, or other experience.


Experience in higher education academic setting, with a working knowledge of curriculum development, student support, and management.

Experience teaching English language learners, students from low income backgrounds, and first generation college students.

University-level teaching that includes a combination of studios, seminars, and tutorials, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Experience with / commitment to curricular and community-building work for first-year college students; capacity to lead in the context of a first-year studies program.


On-Campus Position: Faculty are expected to work on-campus due to the nature of the work in accordance with the University policies as set forth in the Full-Time Faculty Handbook.


$85,000- $100,000 per annum

Priority Application Deadline: February 29, 2024


To apply, please submit:

A current CV

A cover letter: 1-2 pages summarizing experiences as related to the requirements of this job description

A teaching statement: 1-2 pages describing artistic / design / research practice and teaching philosophy. Please include in the statement an articulation of your approach to inclusive pedagogy and demonstrated evidence of commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice.

The names and contact information for three professional references

1 sample syllabus with assignments

Longlisted candidates will be asked to provide:

Up to 10 creative, research, or professional practice projects

1–10 examples of student work mentored by the candidate

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We look forward to receiving your application!