founded in 1831, is a diverse,
energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and
practical idealism go hand in hand.
The Department of Art and Art History at Wesleyan University, in
collaboration with the Integrated Design, Engineering, and Applied
Sciences program ( IDEAS ), invites applications for a tenure-track
Assistant Professor position in Studio Art, with a specialization
in Product Design, beginning July 1, 2022.
Drawing on technical expertise in a wide range of design and
production methodologies, as well as a broad knowledge of
contemporary theoretical concerns and the history of design, the
Assistant Professor is expected to teach studio and project based
courses with a balance of conceptual and technical instruction. The
teaching load is two courses per semester in the design of
objects/products, as well as the advising of senior thesis students
concentrating in Product Design. The successful candidate will be
responsible for creating a Product Design curriculum, suited to a
liberal arts context, in support of the Studio Art program and
Wesleyan’s strategic plan toward the creation of a Design &
Engineering major ( https://www.wesleyan.edu/strategicplan/
The hire will join a distinguished Studio Art program with a shared
commitment to teaching traditional and experimental media. In
addition, they will be expected to collaborate with IDEAS faculty
from social sciences and engineering, as well as contribute to the
growth and development of a Design & Engineering major. Studio
facilities include equipment for digital production (e.g.
large-scale printers, laser cutters, 3d printers, cnc mill, etc.),
and analog production (e.g. woodshop and metal shop facilities). It
is expected that the successful candidate will maintain an active
design practice; evidence of meaningful contributions to the field
will be expected for promotion (e.g. a demonstrated history of
design innovation, evidence of collaborations or commissions, a
strong exhibition or publishing record, etc.). Additional duties
include advising and mentoring students and participating in
faculty governance at the departmental and university levels.
Candidates must have at least a master’s degree or its equivalent
in Product Design, Industrial Design, or a related field.
Special Instructions To Applicants
A complete application includes:
(1) Cover letter. In the cover letter, applicants should describe
how they will embrace the college’s commitment to fostering an
inclusive community, as well as their experience working with
individuals from historically marginalized or underserved
(2) Curriculum vitae.
(3) The names and e-mail addresses of three references (Letters of
recommendation will be solicited for finalists only).
(4) Design portfolio: Applicants have the option to directly upload
electronic documents/images (20 max), or a URL . Video or other
time-based media may also be submitted as a PDF with links to
access the content hosted offsite. Unfortunately, the portfolio
application will not accept direct upload of video or sound
(5) Statement of current and future research plans.
Documentation of teaching experience, including (6) teaching
statement, (7) course syllabi.
Applications received by January 7, 2022 will be given full
consideration. Please contact Rhonda York ( email@example.com
) if you have
questions about the application process.
Note for Interfolio users:
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upload your letters directly to our online application.
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Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does
not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age,
gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital
status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder,
learning disability or physical disability, political belief,
veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or
non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from
women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries
regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination
policies should be directed to: Alison Williams, Vice President for
Equity & Inclusion/ Title IX Officer, 860-685-3927, firstname.lastname@example.org.