Assistant Professor of Ancient Cultures

New York, NY, USA
Jan 13, 2019
Feb 12, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type

Parsons School of Design, a college of The New School, seeks candidates for Assistant Professor of Ancient Cultures, a renewable term faculty position in the School of Art and Design History and Theory (ADHT) at Parsons.

Candidates should have art and design history expertise with a specialization in ancient cultures, with attention to the resonance of these cultures for issues of contemporary design and urban life. The ideal candidate must have fieldwork experience in the archaeology of material culture, and must be innovative in pedagogical approaches to this subject matter. The Assistant Professor will have expertise in the history and theory of architecture and interiors, and able to teach undergraduate and graduate core courses in these areas. The Assistant Professor must be forward thinking about what diverse skills and literacies are now required to adeptly respond to complex global conditions including but not limited to social inclusion, social justice, and sustainability. The New School is committed to actively recruiting applicants from a diverse pool and the ideal candidate will bring diversity to the ADHT community, broadening its areas practice and expertise.

The Assistant Professor may be expected to teach undergraduate as well as graduate courses in degree programs across Parsons including, architecture and interior design, fashion studies, and design history, and to work with students and faculty across Parsons, specifically with Parsons School of Constructed Environments. The ideal candidate will be adept at and committed to pedagogy that builds from the First Year Curriculum up through the undergraduate capstone. The Assistant Professor will teach a combination of lectures, seminars, and critical studios, and must be able to engage the students in the history, theory, and practice of design. The standard teaching load is 5 courses or equivalent per academic year. The faculty member will hold regular office hours, and participate in extracurricular activities on a regular basis (e.g., critiques, review panels, thesis supervision, independent study, advising, Parsons/New School committees, etc.). The Assistant Professor would provide support for History and Theory curriculum in ADHT and the ongoing development of hybrid pedagogy in critical studios. University citizenship includes rotating leadership roles that may include chairing committees and task forces, course coordination, and degree program directorship. The Assistant Professor is expected to engage with current professional, scholarly and creative practices as appropriate to their appointed rank.

Candidates will have the capacity to direct a degree program, and will be an active member of school and university committees. Program directors (who receive course release) work within a leadership team to implement support for curricula, policies, and facility designs that are responsive to and respectful of diverse users.

The final decision to hire is subject to budget approval by the Office of the Provost.

Minimum Qualifications:

- A PhD in an area of ancient cultures of art or design.
- Active and current scholarship or practice.
- At least 3 years experience teaching at a university level.
- A track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and professional training.
- Strong interest in working collaboratively across Parsons and the University.
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines, communicate and motivate effectively.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants for faculty positions must apply on-line using the faculty application on The New School human resources website Applicants may be contacted at the discretion of the search committee for additional materials, such as digital portfolio/work samples.

The New School is committed to actively recruiting from a diverse pool of applicants. We encourage candidates from groups underrepresented in US higher education to apply.
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.

Position Start Date: July 2019

Salary: Competitive.