ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE TEACHING PROFESSOR IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Internal Number: 500158
The Drexel University’s Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism invites applications for a renewable full-time contract faculty position teaching in the core curriculum of the Architecture Program beginning September 1, 2023. We seek an energetic individual with a demonstrated record of innovative teaching, critical design inquiry, and transdisciplinary collaboration. 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. Expertise or experience in the development of coursework in participatory and community design processes are desirable, with an eye to design equity and social justice, sustainability, analog and/or digital representation, and/or materials and methods of construction.
We seek an excellent designer and talented teacher who will value the strengths of our unique undergraduate programs; advance initiatives that address today’s social and global challenges (including, but not limited to, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI), climate change, urban resiliency and health, and housing). 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. The Architecture Program is dedicated to having a faculty that is representative of the population of Philadelphia and its increasingly diverse student body. Therefore, we particularly welcome applications from BIPOC communities and individuals with alternative social and gender identities.
As faculty, we work collaboratively within the Program and the Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism—which also includes programs in Interior Design, Urban Strategy and Design Research. We invite qualified candidates to join us in strengthening and developing current and new interdisciplinary initiatives and collaborations within the Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism, the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Drexel University, the City of Philadelphia, and industry professionals as we shape the future of interdisciplinary creative practices, equitable partnerships, and inclusive engagement to enrich our campus, our communities, and our world. Our Department is at an exciting point of reinvention as we take a central role in implementing Westphal College’s and Drexel University’s strategic plans.
We strive to expand our department’s expertise in practice-based, applied research and develop curriculum components that address social concerns and environmental issues rigorously within studio projects and coursework while collaborating with other disciplines and community partners. At the same time, we are working to increase the agility and flexibility of our curriculum and course formats to match the interests and lives of our diverse student body. The ideal candidate has a record and commitment to innovative pedagogical thinking and collaboration, expertise in curriculum development and experiences working with diverse populations (students, colleagues, communities, etc.).
Teaching and course development of assigned classes.
Coordinating professional classes and design studios at various levels.
Participation in curriculum development and program revisions.
Service to the Department, the College, and the professionals assigned by the Department Head.
Inter- and intra- departmental collaborations with other design disciplines.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent in Architecture.
Minimum of 5 years of work experience.
Minimum of 2 years of experience teaching architecture at the collegiate level
Professional licensure and a demonstrated interest in experiential learning are highly desirable.
Expertise in online teaching and learning.
Ability to integrate their research interests, creative work, or professional practice into their teaching.
Experience, interest and involvement in JEDI initiatives, teaching experience, research interests, creative work, and/or professional practice.
Experience or expertise in one or several of the following areas is desired:
Sustainable building design and construction strategies
Design equity and social justice
Participatory and community-based design
Analog and/or digital representation and fabrication
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, Drexel University is a world?class, comprehensive, R1 research institution and a global leader in experiential education. For more than 100 years, our renowned Cooperative Education (co-op) program has enabled students to gain professional work experience before they graduate, setting them apart from their peers.
Committed to becoming the nation’s most civically engaged university, Drexel supports engagement along three dimensions: research and academic programs that directly benefit communities, business practices that support equitable local and regional economic development, and public service by students, faculty, and staff. Our engagement is long?term, multigenerational, and fundamental to the University’s mission, heritage, and future.
At Drexel, we are devoted to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment that promotes healthy lifestyles and is based on integrity, trust, and respect. We center equity, inclusion and belonging, and incorporate an anti?racism approach to our strategic plan, organizational systems, policies and structures.
Drexel offers its highly engaged faculty and professional staff a comprehensive and worl...d?class benefits package that includes generous vacation and paid time off as applicable (including civic engagement days), up to an 11% 403(b) Retirement Plan match with immediate vesting, and remote and flexible work options for many roles. Our exceptional medical plans include domestic partner and fertility assistance and our award?winning A Healthier U wellness program. In addition, faculty and professional staff at Drexel enjoy free tuition for themselves and their dependents for Drexel degree programs, certification, and non?certification programs. And as part of the tuition offering to employees, Drexel participates in a tuition exchange program for dependents with other higher education institutions. These are just a sample of our extensive benefit offerings. Please see this Benefits Brochure for more information.