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Assistant/Associate Professor of Indigenous Design and Interior Practices

The New School k

New York, NY

Feb 14
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Assistant/Associate Professor of Indigenous Design and Interior Practices

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.

Parsons is committed to cultivating curricula grounded in social, racial, gender, disability, and climate justice. As fundamental to this process, we are launching multiple full-time faculty positions in Indigenous knowledges and practices. This initiative endeavors to begin readdressing the underrepresentation of Indigenous knowledges and practices at Parsons. We invite applications from candidates whose work centers ways of understanding and practicing art, design, and strategy that honors the original stewards, artists, makers, and designers on Turtle Island.

As part of this cluster search, we invite candidates for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant or Associate Professor of Indigenous Design and Interior Practices in the School of Constructed Environments. This appointment will begin July 1, 2024.

We seek candidates who are engaged in interior design and material-based practices. An ideal candidate will be an active practitioner, educator, and/or researcher in this field of work, informed and in active dialogue with indigenous frameworks of meaning, history, and culture. We are especially interested in candidates who embody a depth of knowledge of interiors, materials, objects, and textiles that embrace longstanding and active cultural frameworks. We welcome candidates whose interior and design practices embrace collaborative practices, and regenerative material cycles, connected to cultural knowledge and rituals of inhabiting and dwelling. While recognizing the global, cross-cultural scope of indigenous building practice, this position has a Northeast regional lens within the context of Manhattan. Ideal candidates will demonstrate active dialogue with indigenous communities, locally and/or broadly. Candidates will lead seminary courses and design studios in interior design, product design, and indigenous practice at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The candidate should be able to 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.

This faculty position is on a tenure-track contract. The terms and conditions of this faculty appointment, including guidelines for advancement, promotion, renewal, and tenure, are governed by The New School policies set forth in the The New School Full-Time Faculty Handbook. Tenure-track candidates are expected to demonstrate the potential for excellence in research, scholarship, and/or professional/creative practice. All hiring is subject to Provost budgetary approval.


An MFA in Interior Design, M.Arch or alternative terminal degree in a related field, or equivalent professional or life experience.

Ongoing engagement with Indigenous community

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.

Candidates seeking a position at Associate level must demonstrate equivalent teaching, research/practice experience, service and successful completion of academic review.

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.


Assistant Professor: $75,000 - $90,000 per annum

Associate Professor: $87,000 - $102,000 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 and/or community 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!