Assistant Professor of Interiors, Objects, and Technologies


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Education July 19, 2018 Parsons The New School for Design NYC, NY, USA

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Parsons School of Design, a college of The New School, seeks applicants for a renewable term faculty position at the rank of assistant professor of Interiors, Objects, and Technologies within the School of Constructed Environments (SCE).

Candidates should demonstrate leadership and expertise in interior design practice coupled with a strong interest in the history, theory, current culture and emerging trends in the interior design industry. Specifically, there is a strong need for an interior design scholar/academic/practitioner with experience across interior, lighting, and product/industrial design, strengthening and expanding interdisciplinary opportunities and undergraduate to graduate pathways. The new faculty should also be able to contribute to the development of a new MPS in Interior Design and new non-degree programs and emerging global opportunities in Interior Design education. Desired attributes: an ethnographic approach to design/research in interior design, capacity in accreditation and licensure, experience/interest in interconnected, interactive digital technologies such as, the Internet of Things. NCIDQ certification preferred.

The faculty member will teach 5 courses or their equivalent per year at both the graduate and undergraduate levels across SCE’s Interior Design programs. The position provides significant opportunities to work in a multidisciplinary manner with faculty from across SCE and Parsons. The faculty member will hold regular office hours for students and colleagues and participate in other classroom and extracurricular activities on a regular basis (e.g., critiques, juries, review panels, thesis supervision, independent study, internship supervision, program citizenship, advising, Parsons/New School committees). The faculty member will provide leadership in enhancing the curriculum across SCE Interior Design programs, including exploration of alternative delivery formats, interdisciplinary learning and developing relationships between external industry partners and the School of Constructed Environments. The assistant professor will be expected to continue to participate actively and with currency in research and creative practice.

The faculty member should have the interest and capacity to direct a baccalaureate or master’s level degree program in the field, and will be an active member of school and university committees as part of university citizenship. The faculty member will work with the school dean, associate dean, program directors, and the technical staff to implement support for curricula, policies, and facility designs that are responsive to and respectful of diverse users. The faculty member must actively contribute in maintaining an educationally diverse and creative community in all its activities and programs.

All hiring is subject to Provost budgetary approval.

Minimum Qualifications:

– A terminal graduate degree or demonstrated equivalence in interior design (preferred) or a closely related discipline.
– Active and current experimental/creative/critical scholarship focused on interior design.
– A history of developing critical, historical, and theoretical discussions in the classroom/studio as they relate to interior design and culture.
– Computer experience and knowledge of industry standard 2D and 3D CAD modeling, printing and fabrication software.
– Knowledge of emerging interconnected, interactive digital technologies (i.e. Internet of Things).
– Minimum 3 to 5 years teaching experience at college or university level with an understanding of undergraduate and graduate working environments.
– A proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
– Ability to develop and nurture individual student’s design thinking abilities and a strong commitment to progressive design pedagogies.
– Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills.
– Good management skills, including the ability to meet deadlines, communicate and motivate effectively.
– A dedication to working collaboratively within Parsons, the University, and with external partners towards the development of shared projects and initiatives.