Parsons School of Design, a college of The New School, invites candidates for a renewable term faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Art/Design and Social Justice. This position is part of a larger initiative to increase faculty capacity in social justice and community engagement at Parsons, and is one of two new faculty positions created to support our ongoing commitment to an equitable and inclusive learning environment, including the development of culturally-responsive curricula.
We seek candidates whose research and creative practice explore issues of equity and access within art and design fields while responding to structures of privilege and power as they relate to those issues. Examples may include, but are not limited to, community-centered or participatory design; art and social practice; anti-oppressive practice; representation and culture; and digital equity. An emphasis on studio and practice-based research is preferred. We are particularly interested in candidates who work with communities that are underrepresented in the fields of art and design. The New School is committed to actively recruiting from a diverse pool of applicants and we encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in US higher education or in the fields of art/design to apply.
The work of this faculty member is divided between (1) teaching, (2) university service, and (3) scholarship or professional/creative practice. The standard teaching load is five courses––or the equivalent––per academic year. Within their field of expertise, the faculty member may be expected to teach First Year and undergraduate 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 with a reduced teaching load. Tapping into their research and practice in social justice, this faculty member will work collaboratively within a network of university colleagues and students including the Parsons Scholars program, Lang Office of Civic Engagement and Social Justice, and the university's Social Justice Office and Social Justice Committee. 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 a Renewable Term Appointment (RTA). RTA faculty hold renewable, multi-year contracts and are responsible for teaching, academic administration, and providing expertise in their fields or professions. The terms and conditions of this faculty appointment are governed by The New School policies set forth in the The New School Full-Time Faculty Handbook.
- The New School is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive learning environment. We actively seek candidates whose experiences, teaching philosophies, or scholarly practice prepare them to expand and contribute to that commitment; and who have a record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, professional training and aesthetic sensibilities.
- A bachelor's degree is required. Highly preferred is a graduate degree in a field germane to this position, or professional experience that is equivalent to a graduate degree in the field.
- At least 1 year of experience teaching at the college level. At least 3-5 years of experience teaching at the college level is required for positions posted at associate professor rank.
- At least 3 years of active research, scholarship, or creative/professional practice in the field, as demonstrated by a body of scholarship or a record of creative/professional accomplishments.
- Evidence of community, academic, or professional leadership is required to qualify for associate professor rank.
- A strong interest in shaping the school and evolving your own profile in response to broader social, cultural, economic, and technological forces.
- The ability to work effectively as part of a team. Strong interest in working collaboratively with faculty and students across Parsons and the University.
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines and communicate effectively.
- Experience teaching English language learners and students from underrepresented communities, and/or scholarship in diversity and inclusion. - Evidence of community, academic, or professional leadership. - University teaching that includes a combination of core studios, seminars and tutorials, at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
The final decision to hire is subject to budget approval by the Office of the Provost. Applicants for faculty positions must apply online using the faculty application on The New School human resources website http://careers.newschool.edu. Applicants may be contacted at the discretion of the search committee for additional materials, such as digital portfolio/work samples.
The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status.
Review of applications will be considered until the position is filled.
Please visit www.parsons.edu/academics for a full list of programs.
Internal Number: 18016
About The New School
The New School, a leading university in downtown New York City, offers degree and nondegree academic programs in design, the social sciences, the liberal arts, management, the arts, and media. Students benefit from small classes, superior resources, and renowned faculty members who practice what they teach. Continuing education courses and public programs place the university at the center of New York’s cultural and intellectual life.