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Assistant Professor - Emerging Design Practices

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University of Pennsylvania
Location
Philadelphia, PA

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Assistant Professor - Emerging Design Practices

Location:
Philadelphia, PA
Open Date:
Oct 5, 2023
Close Date:
Jan 19, 2024
Description:
The Department of Fine Arts at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in Fine Arts (Emerging Design Practices). This position is a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level with responsibilities for teaching, research, and service.

We seek applicants who embrace a contemporary understanding of design as it critically responds to the social, cultural, political, and ecological realities of our times. Candidates may have backgrounds in interactive media, computational design, design for disability, virtual experience design, conceptual and speculative design, inclusive design, novel material design and fabrication, material ecology, or other emerging design specializations. We welcome applicants from fields as diverse as the arts, humanities, engineering, or architecture. The successful candidate will demonstrate:

●      Technical proficiency, creativity, and aesthetic sensibilities with fundamental attention to the societal implications of their designs;

●      A strong record of research, which can be in the form of installations, exhibitions, performances, publications, or the development of methods or products;

●      An aesthetic and theoretical vision that is intellectually diverse and extends to intersections with art and other disciplines beyond design; and

●      Leadership experience or potential, including the ability to collaborate and make connections across departments/programs/schools/centers.

The Weitzman School of Design includes Fine Arts, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, City & Regional Planning, and Architecture. The Department of Fine Arts offers a two-year interdisciplinary MFA degree and majors and minors in both Design and Fine Arts. Ideal candidates would teach undergraduate and graduate-level studio courses, seminars, and reviews, and would provide leadership and guidance in in the areas of their discipline. We welcome the new faculty member to participate in the various research centers of the School and University.


Qualifications:

Applicants must have either a Master of Fine Arts or a graduate degree in their area of specialization and a minimum of three years of experience in studio teaching.

 

 


Application Instructions:
Applicants should submit:

  • A letter that describes their interest in the position including relevant experience, agenda for design research, and teaching, and their commitment and contributions to Justice and Belonging frameworks in their research and teaching.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio of work, publications, and exhibitions
  • Names and contact information for three references who will be contacted at a later date

Review of applications will begin on Nov 29, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. The position will begin on July 1, 2024.

Applications should be addressed to Joshua Mosley, Professor of Fine Arts; Search Committee Chair for  Fine Arts (Emerging Design Practices). Questions should be directed to LeighAnn Bogner Winslow, Department Coordinator, Fine Arts, at: lbogner@upenn.edu

The Department values diversity among its faculty, is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women, BIPOC candidates, and candidates with other underrepresented positionalities.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street,  Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

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(215) 898-7372
Location
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Philadelphia
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19104
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