About the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts &
The creative heart of Drexel University, the Antoinette Westphal
College of Media Arts & Design trains the next generation of
scholars, thinkers, makers, and doers in the fields of media,
entertainment, design, and the visual and performing arts. Westphal
offers 18 undergraduate and nine graduate majors, housed in
award-winning facilities that encourage collaboration across
creative disciplines. At Westphal, we reimagine the role of design,
media, and the arts in building a better future. Our programs
challenge students to center sustainability, access, and equity in
their approaches to art, fashion, architecture, gaming,
entertainment, and scholarship. Through experiential learning,
studio-based curriculum, and Drexel’s widely-recognized Cooperative
Education program (co-op), our students are uniquely positioned to
face the world’s challenges and define the creative careers of the
About the Interior Design Program
The Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism seeks
applicants to teach in various capacities as an adjunct faculty
member in the Drexel University’s undergraduate Interior Design
Program (Bachelor of Science in Interior Design - BSID) as well as
the graduate Interior Architecture (MSIA) and Interior Architecture
& Design (MSIAD) programs. The BSID and MSIAD programs are
accredited by CIDA and NASAD and are nationally ranked within
Design Intelligence. The BSID is a 4-year Co-op program, and the
MSIA and MSIAD programs vary in length depending upon the
background of entering students.
The mission of the Interior Design program is to prepare students
to enter the field of interior design as skilled designers,
creative thinkers, professional leaders, and responsible citizens.
We cultivate students who acknowledge their responsibilities to the
safety and well-being of the public and the stewardship of the
environment to lead a multifaceted profession in an ever-changing
world. The curriculum combines a studio-based design sequence with
broad liberal arts study and experiential learning. Paired with a
well-established professional co-op, the coursework is structured
to build upon the fundamentals of interior design and to anticipate
and reflect change in a continually evolving industry. The program
encourages exploration and experimentation that fosters life-long
learners who will contribute to the profession and the discipline’s
body of knowledge.
Drexel’s unique BSID Co-op program is a full two term (six month)
experiential-based learning model that complements studio-based
programs. The Drexel model provides a practical, high-quality
education to those students who seek an experiential component to
The BSID Program offers an opportunity for an accelerated BS/MS
degree with three tracks, Interior Architecture, Design Research
and Urban Strategy where students graduate with a BS in four years,
and an MS for one additional year of study.
Drexel’s unique MSIAD program thrives on the diverse graduate
students’ educational and life experiences as they engage in a
vigorous learning environment through exploration, self-learning,
and creativity. Classes are structured around processes of drawing
and designing with close feedback from instructors and peers. The
conceptualization and implementation of ideas involves aesthetics,
function, ethics, technology, and the realities of the marketplace.
The program balances visual acuity with grounded research,
promoting work that is rigorous and comprehensive.
For additional information on the Interior Design programs, please
see the links below:
We are dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty
committed to teaching and working in a multicultural and
increasingly interdisciplinary environment. We encourage
applications from all those who can contribute through their
practice, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and
excellence of the academic community in Drexel University’s
Interior Design Programs.
The candidate will be capable of teaching at various levels of the
undergraduate and graduate programs and encourage active learning
in all students. The nature of the programs requires that adjunct
faculty maintain an active professional practice, are actively
involved in their industry, or are actively teaching in related
programs, and have a broad understanding of innovative approaches
to interior design and education.
The adjunct faculty member will employ a variety of strategies to
foster student professional and artistic development, learning and
discussions, as well as encourage active learning in all students,
maintain proper course-related records, and evaluate student work
and provide students with feedback as to the progress toward
meeting the objectives of the course. Each adjunct faculty member
is responsible for effectively teaching students in the assigned
classroom or remote settings. Each adjunct faculty member is
responsible for effectively implementing the mission of the
Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism within Drexel’s
Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Depending on the
course, responsibilities may include teaching days, and/or
evenings, occasional availability on weekends, and providing
service as a studio juror.
- Teach the required number of credit hours per quarter based on
- Teach studio, lecture, seminar, and/or practicum courses per
- Plan and provide instructional experiences that reflect an
understanding of the philosophy, objectives, and curriculum of the
- Acquire and maintain skills necessary to navigate Drexel online
teaching resources (e.g. Blackboard Learn, MIRO/MURAL, ZOOM and
other learning platforms and communication tools), to effectively
share course content, communicate with students and evaluate their
work. (Software training is available as needed.)
- Evaluate student achievement of curricular
- Assist with the efforts necessary for CIDA/NASAD accreditation
to collect and organize work pertinent to the class.
- Maintain communication with the program director and faculty
course oversight coordinator regarding any course or student
- Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design, Interior
Architecture or a BArch who performs interior design work or a
related field pertinent to the position.
- Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in interior
design and/or pertinent disciplines with consistent and coordinated
work within the interior design realm.
- Teaching experience in Interior design program or related work
experience pertinent to the position and course content.
- Demonstrated expertise in the field pertinent to the
- Effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication
Special Instructions to the Applicant
- Advanced degree in a related field.
Applications must include a letter of interest indicating your
strong areas of expertise, personal contact information and a list
of three references (including position and contact information)
that can attest to your qualifications. Please submit a CV/resumé,
work samples and a statement of teaching philosophy.
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