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Post-doctoral Fellow in Material and Visual Culture

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Position Information

Position Information

Position Availability:

July 1, 2013

Title: Post-doctoral Fellow in Material and Visual Culture
Requisition Number: 0106071263
Position Type: Full Time Faculty
Position Status: Full-Time
Department: PSD/School of Art & Design Hist. & Theory/Faculty

Parsons The New School for Design, a division of The New School, seeks applicants for a two-year post-doctoral fellow position in Material and Visual Culture within the School of Art and Design History and Theory.

Applicants should demonstrate expertise in the history and interpretation of the material world from the perspective of art and design history, archaeology, anthropology, the history of science, material culture, or visual studies. Candidates must be innovative in their methodologies of research in demonstrating how materiality and visuality contribute to historical understanding. Field of specialization is open, but preference will be given to specialization in a period prior to the twentieth century and/or with a non-Western focus. Candidates must have expertise with innovative pedagogical approaches that will engage students across Parsons and the wider University community.

The locus of this position will be in the School of Art and Design History and Theory, whose full- and part-time faculty are engaged academically while remaining active in their professional fields of practice.

Scholarship of the successful candidate will contribute to the connections among the school’s graduate degree programs in the following areas:

• MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design (in collaboration with the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum).
• MA Fashion Studies
• MA Design Studies

Post-Doctoral Fellows will teach four courses or the equivalent during the academic year, at either the graduate or undergraduate level, and be involved, under the supervision of full-time faculty, with research-based tasks that support the graduate programs within the School.

Please see for a full description of the School of Art and Design History and Theory and its current graduate and undergraduate programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

The ideal candidate should have:

• A completed PhD or ABD near completion on a topic in Material and Visual culture
• Demonstrate teaching experience at university level
• Commitment to research and scholarship toward developing serious, critical, and theoretical discourse in Material and Visual Culture defined as an interdisciplinary field
• Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with faculty and students
• Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:
Job Family: Parsons The New School for Design
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Posting Date: 11/21/2012
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is your current or most recent salary?
    • Less than $30,000
    • $30,000 - $35,000
    • $35,000 - $40,000
    • $40,000 - $45,000
    • $45,000+
  2. * What is your desired salary range?
    • Less than $30,000
    • $30,000 - $35,000
    • $35,000 - $40,000
    • $40,000 - $45,000
    • $45,000+

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents