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Drexel University PRODUCT DESIGN - Assistant Professor Tenure Track in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

PRODUCT DESIGN - Assistant Professor Tenure Track Job no: 495554 Work type: Full-Time Location: University City - Philadelphia, PA Categories: Westphal College of Media Arts and DesignAbout DrexelDrexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation's most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.Job SummaryThe Design Department in the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University invites applications for a full-time tenure track appointment to help lead design's role in sustainable and equitable innovation at Drexel University. This position will serve as a faculty member in the Product Design Program beginning in September 2021.The world is changing rapidly. Drexel University is ready to draw on its strengths in experiential learning, research, and scholarship to prepare students to face the world's challenges with creativity and a spirit of innovation. The Westphal College of Media Arts and Design is Drexel's creative engine. With over 25 degree programs, it serves as a powerful laboratory, defining the creative, collaborative careers of the 21st century. Our experimental nature and dedication direct Westphal's future to building a sustainable world for all voices to be heard and succeed.This position will help to lead design innovation initiatives while serving as a member of the Product Design faculty. The successful candidate will develop design courses and workshops for both design and non-design students and provide essential thinking and making skills to prepare students to be innovative transdisciplinary leaders of the future. Capitalizing on the power of partnerships within the Westphal College, across Drexel, and with industry and community partners, this position will build strong transdisciplinary design networks, fueling the scholarship and research necessary to tackle society's complex problems. Courses, workshops, and partnerships developed will power the university's new transdisciplinary initiatives in health, technology, and design. Essential to this role will be a focus on social justice. Drexel's product design program is interested in creating a dialogue around emerging technologies and inclusive interaction design. Leading to the production of products, objects, services, systems, or spaces; and multi-sensory storytelling using strategic and participatory design methodologies. Our goal is to co-create innovative outcomes for diverse constituents to bring critical making and cultural aesthetics to contemporary design for business and social justice to the table.The successful candidate will have strong skills in user-centered design, product development, and creative coalition building. Applicants should possess a minimum of an MFA or equivalent in Product Design, Industrial Design, or related field of study and offer evidence of in-depth technological and entrepreneurial skill sets. Exceptions may be considered based on lived experiences and outstanding career achievement. Specific expertise in areas of health design and designing with multiple populations are encouraged. The candidate will have qualifications meriting appointment at the assistant professor tenure track rank and be committed to a collegial and collaborative model of leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration and cooperation as well as excellent oral, written, and graphic communication skills.Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter, a brief statement of design philosophy with a list of three references that shall remain confidential unless/until the applicant is considered a finalist for the position. Applicants should provide a link in their cover letter to a