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Full- or Part-time Instructor in Architecture

Drexel University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 25, 2023
About the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

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 21st century.

Job Summary

The Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism invites applications for a full- or part-time instructor position in the core curriculum of the Architecture Program beginning January 1, 2024. This position is a 1-year renewable, non-tenure track appointment.

We seek an excellent designer and talented teacher with professional practice experience in architecture who is highly collaborative and will value the strengths of our unique undergraduate programs, offering both full-time and part-time evening education in architecture. We invite our new colleague to work with us on advancing ameliorative initiatives that dismantle barriers faced by minoritized communities in architectural education and practice, to contribute and participate in the advancement of initiatives that align with our College and University strategic plan, including anti-racism/racial justice, decolonizing and diversifying design and academia, sustainability and climate resilience, future technology trajectories, and human-centered design.

The ideal candidate should be capable of teaching, innovating, organizing, and coordinating a range of undergraduate courses and studios across the curriculum at various levels. Experience in the development of coursework that addresses social and design equity, sustainability and environmental concerns rigorously while collaborating with other disciplines and community partners is desirable.

The Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism is dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and fostering an inclusive, equitable and multicultural environment for students, faculty, and staff. Candidates who can contribute through their practice, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community in Drexel’s Architecture Program are encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions
  • Diverse and inclusive teaching and course development of assigned classes within the undergraduate degrees in architecture.
  • Coordinating professional classes and design studios at various levels.
  • Participation in curriculum development and program revisions.
  • Service to the program and department as assigned by the Department Head.
  • Inter- and intra- departmental collaborations with other design disciplines.
Required Qualifications
  • Minimum of a B.Arch, M.Arch or equivalent degree.
  • Minimum of 2 years of professional design and practice experience.
  • Minimum of 1 year of teaching experience in architecture at the collegiate level.
  • Ability to work evenings and occasional weekends.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Professional licensure.
  • Demonstrated experience, interest and involvement in inclusion, diversity, equity and anti-racism (IDEA) initiatives in teaching, research, creative work, and/or professional practice.
  • Expertise in online teaching and learning as we calibrate remote and/or hybrid instructional formats and explore the potential of future program opportunities.
  • Demonstrated experience or professional interest in one or several of the following areas:
    • Indigenous design and/or global non-European design.
    • Design equity and social justice.
    • Sustainable building design and materials and methods of construction.
    • Landscape architecture.
    • Historic preservation and adaptive reuse

University City, Philadelphia PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt . Please review the Benefits Brochure for some information on our benefits offerings.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

In addition to your CV/resume and cover letter, please also include the following when submitting your application:
  • 2-page statement articulating your qualifications and expertise, including:
    • your design and pedagogical approaches,
    • your values and commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism IDEA and decolonizing design.
    • Experience working with diverse populations (students, colleagues, communities, etc.), and/or the contributions you anticipate making to advance the integration of IDEA into the culture and curriculum of architecture and design.
  • Up to 3 course sample syllabi, assignments, exams and/or other materials that support your pedagogy and teaching.
  • Portfolio not exceeding 20 pages demonstrating expertise for the position, including professional and student work (submitted in PDF format).
  • 3 references with position and contact information who can attest to your qualifications. (Only candidates who are invited to an interview will receive a reference check).
Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Advertised:Oct 26 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:Oct 31 2023 Eastern Daylight Time

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