The Parsons First Year Program (https://www.newschool.edu/parsons/first-year-study/) is seeking applications for part-time faculty for the 21/22 academic year. We are collecting interest for the Sustainable Systems course.
To learn more about Sustainable Systems, please review the First Year Curriculum Summary (attached) and Parsons Notes (https://parsons.edu/undergrad/).
The Parsons First Year Program serves all entering BFA and BBA students at Parsons. It is a year of exploration and interdisciplinary discovery that prepares students to thrive in a complex and rapidly changing world. In the program, students become resilient and proficient makers, grounded in methods of systems thinking and problem solving that they can apply to their main area of study and future endeavors.
As a year of exploration for all incoming Parsons students, the First Year Program promotes student-forward learning and inclusive pedagogy. The First Year Program seeks candidates with the ability to work with diverse students and colleagues; success in creating inclusive classrooms; and experience with a variety of teaching methods and curricular perspectives. Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with traditionally underrepresented students through teaching, mentoring, or administration are encouraged to apply. We have a strong commitment to equity, inclusion and social justice, and are especially interested in applicants who are from backgrounds and experiences that are underrepresented in higher education, and the fields of art and design.
A terminal degree in the field of specialty is preferred (MFA, PH.D, ABD, or equivalent)
2-3 years of teaching experience, preferably in college/ university/ art school settings (Community, teaching artist experience, museum, K-12 teaching experience considered)
Ability to demonstrate (in curriculum and student work) pedagogical knowledge relevant to the First Year experience including:
Building community in the classroom as a starting point for all course work and being skilled in inclusive teaching and learning
Teach to a classroom of students with a variety of interests and levels by distilling complex concepts into accessible and scaffolded projects
A creative and/or scholarly practice that demonstrates currency in the field(s), disciplinary expertise, and interdisciplinary thinking
Ability to demonstrate (in curriculum and student work) pedagogical knowledge relevant to the Sustainable Systems course:
Engagement with topics of climate change, urban resilience, energy, materials, and water resources, using art and design methodologies
Research-based creative practice that translates systems thinking into creative works/designs that are responsive to emergent planetary conditions or contemporary environmental challenges. Works that go beyond a singular response or area of expertise preferred.
Experience incorporating environmental justice and climate ethics into pedagogy and practice
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Review of applications to begin immediately. Prepare a CV to Upload. Also prepare the following materials as ONEPDF. Applications that do not follow this format will not be considered.
Formatted as ONE pdf document:
Cover letter which addresses your potential contribution to the First Year Program and Course qualifications listed above
A 1-page Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion***
The names and contact information of two professional references
A website link or examples of professional work
3-5 examples of student work with accompanying assignment parameters. Examples of process and student reflection along with final outcomes is encouraged.
In your Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, detail your experiences working with traditionally underrepresented students through teaching, mentoring, or administration. Describe your commitments to diversity and approaches to dynamics and issues of power within your pedagogy. Please be sure to include examples and/or evidence of this work in your short statement, as this is critical to the committee's assessment of your experience.
Internal Number: 19692
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