Assistant/Associate Professor – Undergraduate and Graduate Communications Design Departments at Pratt USA

Pratt Institute, NY, USA
Review of applications from January 22, 2020, open until filled

The Undergraduate and Graduate Communications Design Departments in the School of Design at Pratt Institute invite applications for two full-time, tenure track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin August 2020.

We seek applicants with a broad vision of the future of design and the ability to articulate that vision. Housed together in the School of Design on Pratt’s historic 25-acre campus in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, both departments are recognized leaders in the field and currently offer BFA in Communications Design, MFA in Communications Design and MS in Package Design degrees.

Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise in the practice, theory and history of communications design. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to curricular development and pedagogical innovation, as well as the ability to teach across a wide range of courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, all the while engaging current and emerging platforms, skills and literacies in contemporary communications design practice. Candidates are expected to model historical and critical perspectives on contemporary communications design, including issues surrounding globalism, sustainability, technological advancement, and equity and inclusion. Candidate’s professional or scholarly focus may include a broad set of interests and applications within graphic design, illustration, package design and related disciplinary practices, including but not limited to: interaction/experiential design, creative coding, transdisciplinary design, speculative design, digital storytelling, networked communications and augmented/virtual reality.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to design education as well as a strong record of achievement that includes professional practice, contemporary scholarship and creative activity in the field of communications design. Successful candidates will work within and across both departments as well as collaborate with other disciplines within the institute.

Pratt is an internationally recognized school of architecture, art, design, and information science, which draws students from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds. We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our curriculum as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students and staff and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals.

The successful candidates will:
Teach required undergraduate and graduate communications design courses as well as electives in the candidate’s area of expertise.
Maintain active and recognized professional practice, research/scholarship and creative activity.
Actively participate in departmental and institutional service, including committee work and academic support services including, but not limited to, curricular coordination and development, curricular assessment, supervision of student organizations, student advising and recruitment activities.
Embrace new forms of critically engaged practice and pedagogy and contribute to the development of a strong culture of design scholarship, research and innovation in the department.
Build interdisciplinary collaborations both inside and outside the School of Design with a focus on opportunities for collaboration between the undergraduate and graduate departments.

Qualifications

Education:

MFA or MDes or degree equivalent in communications design, visual communication, graphic design, interaction design, or related discipline.

Experience:

Required:

Demonstrated excellence in teaching with a minimum of 3 years experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
3-5 years of recognized, current professional practice and/or creative scholarship in the field of communication design or related discipline.
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Excellent collaborator with management and leadership skills: ability to meet deadlines and communicate effectively.
Understanding of historical and critical perspectives on contemporary communications design including issues surrounding globalism, sustainability, technological advancement, and equity and inclusion.
Expertise in a broad range of methodologies, concepts, techniques and technology related to contemporary communications design practice.

Preferred:

Demonstrated ability to work with other faculty and students on interdisciplinary/collaborative projects.
Experience in curricular design, coordination and development.
Dedication to the building of a community of scholars/educators.
Successful funding procurement and grant activity.

Salary and Rank are competitive and commensurate with education and experience.


Application Instructions

Review of applications to begin January 22, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, please have all materials submitted by this date.

Please submit a CV, a letter of intent that includes a statement about your experience, teaching, and both professional and research goals, a portfolio of 20 examples of professional and student work, a list of the names and contact information of three professional references, and a statement describing how you have worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your career and how you plan on continuing to do so here at Pratt via our internal application site at https://apply.interfolio.com/70234.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital or domestic partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pratt Institute recognizes and values the benefits of a diverse workforce.

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