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Program Director, Design

Wentworth Institute of Technology k

Boston, MA

Apr 24
Job Description

The School of Architecture and Design (SoAD) at Wentworth Institute of Technology invites applications for a full-time Program Director position for the BS in Interior Design and BS in Industrial Design programs. Additionally, the new Program Director will collaborate in the development of a new BS in Digital Design program.

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


Together with the program faculty and School administration, the program director works for the advancement of the school and shares responsibility for improving education and fostering outstanding student learning experiences within the program. Reporting directly to the Dean, the program director (PD) serves as the leader of the program and its curriculum, including accreditation and program assessment, development and review, scheduling, curricular and course development/review, planning and generating content for marketing, student recruitment, retention and success, and developing and achieving annual goals/objectives. The PD will also be a liaison on behalf of the program with other university offices, such as registrar, marketing and Coops+Careers office.

The Program Director teaches 2-3 courses (10-12 credits) per academic year (Fall and Spring semesters).

Essential Functions of the Position:

Teaching (30%)

Student success and affairs (30%)

Support students enrolled in academic programs and related events. Coordinate and support advising of students in collaboration with Success Studio, Coops+Careers, and faculty advisors. Manage the faculty advisor list with Success Studio for the Dean’s review and provide support on faculty advising, student issues, and registration procedures. Process and manage transfer credits, admissions, and students’ transition to the program. Support student recruitment, admission, and retention activities.

Academic Affairs (30%)

Support University’s commitment to continuous quality improvement, including curriculum enhancement, course-learning outcomes, and student outcomes. Work with program faculty and curriculum committee chair on curricular development, new programs, academic standards, accreditation, enrollment, policies, and procedures. Manage assessment data, annual programmatic evaluation, and programmatic accreditation process, and disseminate results of assessments regularly with key program stakeholders. Provide guidance, coordination, and long-term planning for programmatic assessment and implementation of related institutional strategies. Assist with course scheduling and faculty teaching assignments. Assist with the adjunct faculty hiring and onboarding. Lead program meetings for program, faculty, and student updates. Organize program curricular events and IPAC meetings. Provide support in faculty professional development activities.

Other Duties (10%)

Coordinate updating the program website and social media. Participate in strategic planning activities. Assist in developing the program budget. School and Institution Committee Leadership/Membership responsibilities as assigned. Execute other relevant duties and functions based on School needs as assigned by the Dean.

To learn more about the Interior Design and Industrial Design programs, please visit the websites: and

How to Apply

Interested applicants should apply at Careers . Please submit the required documents.

Applicants should submit:

1) Cover letter that describes areas of expertise and qualifications for the position (1-page limit)

2) Current curriculum vitae

3) Leadership, teaching, and research/scholarship statement detailing their experience and including specific plans for program advancement (no more than three pages in length)

4) Portfolio with evidence of research/creative practice and teaching, if applicable

5) A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement describing their commitment to and experience with fostering a diverse and inclusive campus culture (no more than two pages in length)

6) Contact information for three professional references. Candidates will be notified before the University contacts their references.

Review of the applications begins on May 15th, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is expected to be filled by August 1st, 2024.

Minimum Education Required: Master’s degree

Preferred Education: Doctoral degree

Minimum Work Experience Required: 3 - 5 years

Preferred Work Experience Required: 5 - 8 years

Advertised Minimum Qualifications:

-Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of higher education and its challenges and opportunities
-Experience in teaching in a design program and mentorship
-Experience in serving students, management, and leadership
-Record of clear research and scholarship agenda
-Record of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Advertised Preferred Qualifications:

-A terminal degree and/or a doctoral degree appropriate to the field of study
-Additional design certifications and/or certification in NCIDQ
-Record of excellence in pedagogy and curriculum development
-Record of excellence in leadership and management
-Record of excellence in working in a collaborative environment

Inclusive Excellence at Wentworth
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

Wentworth Institute of Technology

About Wentworth and the School of Architecture and Design:

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:?

Wentworth’s School of Architecture and Design (SoAD) offers highly respected programs in Architecture (BS and M.Arch – NAAB accredited), Industrial Design (BS – NASAD accredited), and Interior Design (BS – CIDA 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 780 undergraduate and 90 graduate students, the SoAD has robust international study opportunities at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.