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Assistant/Associate Professor Industrial Design

Wentworth Institute of Technology k

Boston, MA

Nov 30
Job Description

The School of Architecture and Design (SoAD) at Wentworth Institute of Technology invites applications for a position in Industrial Design at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, beginning in the fall of 2024.

Responsibilities
Teaching responsibilities for this position include implementing programmatic coursework ranging from hands-on foundation level courses in drawing, modelmaking, color theory, and visual communications to more advanced upper-level coursework in CAD, rapid prototyping, research methodologies, design theory, and thematic design studios.

Faculty members are expected to work collaboratively and interdependently within a small group, deliver courses that integrate their areas of expertise, engage in an active research and scholarship agenda, advise students, and meet service obligations (school, university, and community).

In addition, the ability to demonstrate both methodological and pedagogical flexibility is also expected to meet the demands of our students and evolving profession. Lastly, because of our hands-on approach to teaching, applicants for this position must be comfortable demonstrating technical know-how/skills in the classroom environment.

Additionally, the new faculty member will collaborate in the launch of new MDES degree and graduate certificate(s) programs.

Rank is negotiable, based on qualifications and experience. The position includes a comprehensive benefits package and a competitive salary.

About the Industrial Design Program
With approximately 150 students, the Industrial Design program, part of the School of Architecture and Design (SoAD), offers a NASAD-accredited curriculum centered in the vibrant hub of Boston, MA. The Program’s approach to design education is simple, teach students to ask thoughtful questions and give them the tools, methods, and technologies to make beautiful answers. We believe the connection between the hand and mind is vital, more now than ever. Classes and core curricula champion drawing and building skills in paper/wood/metal/plastic, as much as they embrace the digital technologies (Rapid-prototyping, 3D printing, computer AI, and virtual experiences) that are shaping the future of design. Classroom experiences are complemented by two mandatory co-ops that reinforce coursework and bridge the gap between academia and the profession. To learn more about the ID program, including its courses, go to: https://wit.edu/learning/school-architecture-design/industrial-design-bs

About Wentworth's School of Architecture and Design
Wentworth’s School of Architecture and Design (SoAD) embraces the essential role our courses and curriculum play in academic achievement and eliminating equity gaps. We seek new faculty to join a community committed to teaching excellence, curricular innovation, and mentoring of students. SoAD offers highly respected programs in Industrial Design (BS – NASAD accredited), Interior Design (BS – CIDA accredited), and Architecture (BS and M.Arch – NAAB accredited). The mission of the SoAD is to empower design students and educators from all backgrounds to become creative, civic-minded problem-solvers, responding to global challenges and contributing to local communities. The SoAD guides students to engage locally and globally, to explore advanced technologies, to collaborate within and across disciplines, to gain industry experience via cooperative education, and to learn to design sustainably and equitably. Comprising approximately 670 undergraduate and 90 graduate students, the SoAD has robust international study opportunities at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Minimum Experience
• Master's degree
• Established record of academic and professional accomplishments
• Proven success in working collaboratively to advance knowledge and design
• Demonstrated success in establishing a clear scholarship/creative agenda.
• Demonstrate general commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Experience in teaching Industrial Design in an academic setting or professional Industrial Design experience

Preferred Experience
• Demonstrable professional knowledge in CAD (Rhino and/or Solidworks).
• Ability to demonstrate and communicate technical know-how in the classroom.
• Demonstrated success in undergraduate teaching and mentorship.
• 1 year of full time university-level teaching, or equivalent, beyond graduate-level assistantships (equivalent to 1 year with a 3-3 teaching load)

Application Requirements
1) Cover letter that describes areas of expertise and qualifications for the position (1-2 pages)
2) Current curriculum vitae
3) A portfolio that includes samples of the applicant’s own professional design work outlining their project contributions and overall outcomes, including teaching showcasing examples of assignments and student outcomes (if applicable)
4) Teaching and pedagogical philosophy statement, which includes specific plans for teaching advancement and scholarship (1-page limit)
5) A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement describing their commitment to and experience with fostering a diverse and inclusive campus culture (1-page limit).
6) Professional References (will not be checked before candidate being notified)

Deadline Information
Review of the applications begins on February 1, 2024, and will continue until the job is filled. The position is expected to be filled for Fall of 2024.

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wentworth Institute of Technology is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and comprises the Schools of Architecture and Design, Computing and Data Science, Engineering, Management, and Sciences and Humanities. Wentworth is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium — an association of Boston institutions including Emmanuel College, Simmons University, Massachusetts College of Art, and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. One of the many opportunities afforded to faculty is the ability to collaborate across these institutions and to share resources.

Wentworth is a university with a teaching focus and strategic initiatives of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, high-value learning, transformational student experience, and next-generation partnerships. The school has a strong commitment to recruit and retain students with diverse backgrounds, foster a vibrant design community and learning environment for faculty and students, and build on and expand current government, community, industry, and alumni partnerships. For more information about Wentworth’s Strategic Plan, see: https://wit.edu/about/strategic-plan

Wentworth Institute of Technology is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all University programs and activities. The University does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, veteran status or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants will receive consideration.
To find out more about the Wentworth’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, please visit the website https://wit.edu/about/diversity.

All applicants have the right to accessibility support and accommodations. To request accessibility support or accommodations, contact the Executive Director of Equity and Compliance, Catlin Wells, at wellsc1@wit.edu.