Date Posted: 02/08/2021
Assistant Teaching Professor
Drexel University Interior Design
The Interiors program of the Westphal College at Drexel University invites applications for a full-time teaching faculty position. Under the leadership of newly appointed Westphal Dean, Jason Schupbach, the College seeks to expand its diversity and commitment to social justice and redress of structural racism. Westphal College will lead in shaping new generations of designers, recognizing that interior design plays a pivotal role in the creation of equitable places to live and work.
Augmented by an R1 research university, the College supports collaborates across a number of disciplines, especially the intersection of Interiors with issues of health and environmental sustainability. The program is part of the Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism which includes professionally accredited programs in architecture and interiors as well as interdisciplinary graduate programs in design research and urban strategy. The Interiors program maintains a prominent position within the academic and professional worlds, and benefits from its prime location in Philadelphia, a culturally sophisticated and highly diverse metro area.
Drexel Interiors is a nationally-ranked, CIDA-accredited program supported by a dynamic university with a distinctive vision of community engagement. This position seeks to supplement the program’s strong and balanced faculty with a new hire who will work collaboratively and is committed to teaching the next generation of leaders in the field.
The position will have primary responsibilities teaching undergraduate BS Interior Design and graduate MS Interior Architecture students. The position is a 2-year non-tenure appointment, with the potential for a renewable multi-year contract. The program has a strong track record of supporting faculty through promotion, and this position should be understood as a long-term career opportunity. Administrative ability or experience will be viewed advantageously.
Drexel University is on the quarter term system and the successful candidate will teach three 10-week terms of 2-4 courses each term. Teaching will include a combination of interior design studios, seminars, and lecture courses at both undergraduate and graduate level. The appointment will also involve curriculum development and service to the department/college.
Candidates should have a master’s degree or above, and a minimum of 3 years of professional and/or teaching experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree and/or professional experience in interior architecture or interior design. Candidates should demonstrate research interests, professional activity, and/or creative work. Ideal candidates will have previous teaching experience, administrative potential, and work well in collaboration.
The position is open to a range of qualifications, but two areas will stand out in our review: 1) preferred candidates will contribute to the diversity of our program and engage issues of culture and identity in their work, and/or 2) preferred candidates will demonstrate engagement with issues of health and well-being, which may include interdisciplinary work with health science disciplines (public health, nursing, etc.).
Candidates should articulate the specific expertise they anticipate contributing to the program. The following represent some qualifications that will be viewed favorably:
- Demonstrated approach/experience in cross-over industry segments such as health sciences, public health, urbanism, equity design, social sustainability, education, etc.
- Development of coursework related to health and well-being (aging in place, health care design, rehabilitation, etc.)
- Demonstrated approach to social justice, equity, and diversity in design
- Ability to develop/teach interdisciplinary design projects, courses, and curriculum
- NCIDQ certified or NCIDQ-eligible
- Familiarity with CIDA accreditation process and standards
- Working knowledge and/or certification in LEED, WELL, Fitwel, or other design standards
- Membership in professional organizations such as ASID, IIDA, IDEC, etc.
- Brief cover letter with personal contact information
- Three references, with position and contact information, that can attest to the candidate’s qualifications
- Complete resume/curriculum vitae
- Statement articulating the candidate’s qualifications and expertise, including design and pedagogical approaches
- Portfolio demonstrating the candidate’s expertise for the position, submitted in PDF format
Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
To apply for this position, please apply online at visit careers.drexel.edu and search for Assistant Teaching Professor in Interior Design, or use this direct link: https://careers.drexel.edu/cw/en-us/job/495474?lApplicationSubSourceID=11182
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