Assistant Professor, Strategic Design & Management (fixed term)

New York, New York, United States

Job description

Position Availability: 7/1/18

Requisition Number: 0106071507

Location: New York City

Position Type: Full Time Faculty

Position Status: Full-Time

Department: PSD/School of Design Strategies/Faculty


Parsons School of Design, a college of The New School, seeks applicants for a fixed term faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in Strategic Design & Management within the School of Design Strategies (SDS) for a one-year appointment with no presumption of renewal.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate expertise in the practice and theory of strategic management in the context of design-driven businesses, with preference being given to applicants with innovative research, doctoral-level work, or significant professional experience in one or more of the following areas: innovation, entrepreneurship, business modeling and planning, organizational theory, or business strategy, particularly in areas related to the challenges and opportunities within the design professions or creative industries. Ideal candidates will be active in New York City-based professional and/or academic networks. The New School is committed to actively recruiting applications from a diverse pool. We encourage candidates from groups underrepresented by US higher education to apply. Applicants are encouraged to address in their cover letters their experiences in non-traditional and/or diversity environments.

The faculty member will teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, primarily in SDS programs (including the BBA in Strategic Design and Management, and MS in Strategic Design and Management). Candidates must be innovative in their pedagogical approaches to activating students’ interest in the relationship between theory and practice, and be forward-thinking about what knowledge, skills and literacies are now required to adeptly respond to complex 21st-century global challenges. Experience with online learning platforms is preferred.

The faculty member will teach 5 courses or equivalent per academic year. Faculty are expected to be current in their field of expertise, pursue their own research and/or projects, participate in academic committees devoted to curriculum development and governance, hold regular office hours, and participate in extracurricular activities (e.g., critiques, review panels, thesis supervision, advising, independent study, etc.) on a regular basis. University citizenship includes service activities that may also include rotating leadership roles such as program directorship (with course release), and chairing committees and task forces. The faculty member must have the capacity to direct a baccalaureate or master’s level degree program in the field. Program directors work within a leadership team 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.

Associate Director

Candidates for this position may asked take on academic leadership responsibility in the BBA or MS degree programs in the role of Associate Director.

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

Minimum Qualifications

All candidates must have:

  • A terminal graduate degree or demonstrated equivalence in management and/or business.
  • Active and current professional practice or creative/critical scholarship that engages with a New York City-based network.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the relations between design and management in a context of broader social, cultural, political, economic, environmental, scientific and technological forces.
  • At least 3 years of teaching experience at the university level, possibly also as part of the candidate’s doctoral studies.
  • A proven track record of working well with people from diverse cultural backgrounds, education levels, and degrees of professional training.
  • Interest in developing serious critical, historical, and theoretical discussions around the design and management nexus in the classroom/studio.
  • Ability to develop and nurture individual students’ strategic management abilities, and a strong commitment to progressive management and business education.
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Good and collegial management and leadership skills, including the ability to meet deadlines, communicate and motivate effectively.
  • An interest in working collaboratively within Parsons, the University, and with external partners toward the development of shared projects and initiatives.

How to apply

Apply online