Assistant Professor of Inclusive Design and Technology – Department of Art

Lehman College
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Assistant Professor of Inclusive Design and Technology – Department of Art

Assistant Professor of Inclusive Design and Technology – Department of Art

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Lehman College

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The Department of Art at Lehman College, City University of New York, invites applications for a faculty position inInclusiveDesign and Technology beginning Fall 2023.The ideal candidate will be able tolead a critical study of inclusive design and technology through the lenses ofaccessibility, race/ethnicity, class, sex/gender, nationality or immigration status, ability, and age. The individual who holds this position will help develop and deliver a UI/UX curriculum that critically explores issues of inclusion andaccessibility in design, while also stressing empathy for the user, and consideration of other cultures and ontologies (i.e., pluralistic design).The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor.

We are seeking candidates who will contribute to Lehman College’s embrace of design as something broader than traditional visual design, giving space for exploration of the emerging areas of design thinking, user experience, social design, and service design. Candidates should be able to teach a range of courses such as UI/UX, motion design, broadcast design, type and layout design, and interaction design from a perspective that addresses recent developments in the field, while also incorporating contemporary issues of inclusion and accessibility, as well as more historic approaches such as universal design and usability design. Lehman College is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that is embedded in a diverse community of color. As such, we would like to further cultivate an enhanced design curriculum that helps students identify the many blind spots of contemporary design; recognize the challenges of people who are different to them; and understand how positionality and identity can impact human needs. Candidates should be able to demonstrate, in both their prior research and pedagogy, a critical exploration of accessibility and/or inclusive design. This may include but is not limited to: assistive technology (JAWS, NVDA, Talkback, Voiceover, etc.), prosthetics design, mobile application design, readability, usability, color representation, motion and feedback, WAG 2.1 Guidelines, and interaction design. Candidates must have an active record of design practice, published creative works and/or scholarly activity and/or professional activity, and a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Responsibilities may include both undergraduate and graduate Art courses with an emphasis on design and digital media. Candidates should demonstrate the potential for continued scholarly and/or creative activity, effectiveness in classroom teaching, and a commitment to service to the College. Pedagogical flexibility, a commitment to creative practices, and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary manner within a growing art department is desired, particularly in developing and nurturing the artistic and design development of students from underrepresented communities.

Professorial ranks at Lehman teach 18 hours (4 - 6courses) per year. Teaching is reduced for untenured professorial faculty by eighteen hours over the first five years for scholarly development. Lehman College and CUNY funding is available through competitive grants for research, travel, and professional development. All faculty are encouraged to seek external funding.

Lehman College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) system that prides itself on its commitment to public urban higher education. Located in the Bronx, the College serves its diverse student body of more than 14,000 students by providing a liberal arts education that prepares them for employment, graduate study, and the professions. In 2018, Lehman was ranked 3 rd in the U.S. among four-year public institutions for economic mobility for students, and 1 st in the U.S. among Hispanic-Serving Institutions with high extended upward income mobility rates.


Candidates must hold a terminal degree by the time of hire with an emphasis in design, or an undergraduate degree along with experience working in design equivalent to a terminal degree. Familiarity with one or more of the following areas is also desirable: design and technology, accessibility design, inclusive UX design, critical design theory, critical making, cross-cultural practices, sustainability design, and AR/VR and mixed reality technology.

We are seeking candidates who will contribute to the Art Department and its dynamic, growing Design program with a diverse student body and a strong commitment to working with and growing communities. Candidates should have a proven track record of design thinking and practice, scholarship, publication/broadcast, and teaching, as well as the ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution, engage actively in professional organizations, and maintain a strong commitment to students.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.


$86,645 - $99,532

Salaries are commensurate with education and experience, and are subject to the Professional Staff Congress-CUNY salary schedule:

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after October 1, 2022 City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after October 1, 2022 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period.

If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period. An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to EmblemHealth. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by EmblemHealth before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the EmblemHealth website.


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Please submit completed applications byJanuary 15, 2023 for full consideration. Review of C.V.s will begin onJanuary 15, 2023 and continue until a candidate has been identified.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.


Lehman College serves the Bronx and surrounding region as an intellectual, economic, and cultural center. Lehman College provides undergraduate and graduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and professional education within a dynamic research environment, while embracing diversity and actively engaging students in their academic, personal, and professional development.lehman_college_of_the_city_university_of_new_york1.jpg

Lehman College has entered a new era in its history as an institution of higher education. Already known for its outstanding faculty, dedicated staff, superb library, art gallery, theaters, speech and hearing clinic, and athletic facilities, the College will now build a new state of the art, environmentally “green” science facility that will invigorate faculty and student research as well as prepare Lehman students for science-based careers.

As the only CUNY senior college in the borough and southern Westchester County, Lehman College has adapted to meet changing conditions and is poised to respond to new needs and challenges.

lehman_college_of_the_city_university_of_new_york2.jpgOn the undergraduate level, Lehman's General Education Curriculum is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the achievements and methods of the liberal arts and sciences and to develop student abilities to participate responsively in informed inquiry into subjects of both public and personal concern. On the graduate level, the College has developed professional programs in nursing, teacher and counselor preparation, accounting, computer science, health services, and speech-language pathology. The College also offers strong traditional liberal arts graduate programs in art, biology, English, history, Spanish and mathematics.

For more than two decades, Lehman has deepened its involvement with the surrounding community. The opening of the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in 1980 and the Lehman College Art Gallery in 1984 has made the College a cultural center for the region. Together with the City and the Humanities Program, the Department of Music, and the Theatre program, they present dozens of concerts, plays, dance performances, and exhibitions that are free or nominally priced.

Lehman College also provides a variety of community services. The Institute for Literacy Studies sponsors classes to teach adults fundamentals of reading and writing, while the Speech and Hearing Center offers comprehensive evaluations of hearing and speech-language disorders.


Lehman has joined with the Bronx Superintendent of Schools’ Office and the educational reform organization New Visions for Public Schools to develop seven new small high schools in the Bronx. The schools—housed within larger, traditional high schools—are formed around the themes of the visual arts, teaching, music, college readiness, health sciences, nursing and allied health, and community research and learning.

In addition, in Fall 2003, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College opened on the Lehman campus. One of New York City’s new specialized high schools and the only one to focus on American history, the school represents a collaboration among Lehman College, the New York City Department of Education, and the Gilder-Lehrman Foundation.

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