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School of Design, Pratt Institute
Brooklyn, NY

For full consideration, apply by February 17, 2023.

Pratt Institute invites applications for two full-time tenure track positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin in August 2023. We seek applicants with a broad vision of the future of design and the ability to articulate that vision in the context of higher education.

Both positions will operate across two distinct departments: the Undergraduate Communications Design Department and the Graduate Communications Design Department. Successful candidates will work within and across both departments as well as collaborate with other disciplines within the institute. Both departments are recognized leaders in the field and currently offer BFA in Communications Design, MFA in Communications Design, and MS in Packaging Identities and Systems Design degrees.

We seek applicants with demonstrated ability to teach across a wide range of courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, while engaging current and emerging platforms, skills and literacies in communication design practice. Candidates’ pedagogy and research must engage in historical and critical perspectives on communications design including issues surrounding sustainability, technological advancement, and equity and inclusion. Professional or scholarly focus may include a broad set of interests and applications outside traditional graphic design, illustration, packaging design, and related disciplinary practices, including but not limited to: design and accessibility; service design; community-based participatory research; design for social impact; policy and organizational change; bio design; interaction design; creative coding; and digital storytelling.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to curricular development and pedagogical innovation as well as a passion for fostering institutional change through service and interdisciplinary collaboration. A strong record of achievement that includes professional practice, research, scholarship and creative activity is required. We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our curriculum as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students and staff and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals.

About Pratt Institute
Pratt Institute provides the creative leaders of tomorrow the knowledge and experience to make a better world. A top-ranked college with opportunities in art, design, architecture, liberal arts and sciences, and information studies, Pratt offers nearly 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The Institute’s impact expands beyond its 25-acre residential campus in Brooklyn to cutting-edge facilities throughout the borough, a landmark building and public gallery in Manhattan, as well as an extension campus, PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica, New York. Since its founding in 1887, Pratt has prioritized diversity and inclusion, welcoming students from all walks of life while developing and sustaining pathways to more equitable workplaces and careers.

Today, Pratt and its exceptional faculty pride themselves on being academically excellent as well as adaptable to both in-person and online learning. Pratt students are part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary, research and inquiry-based education that prepares them for success in creative fields and professional practice, with the goal of contributing to a more equitable, just and sustainable world. With a long-held commitment to the communities of New York, Pratt partners locally through the Pratt Center for Community Development. The Institute also offers a variety of programs for local pre-college and continuing education students in the Center for Art, Design, and Community Engagement K-12 and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

The value of a Pratt education is evident in its graduates’ diverse and thriving careers, where their designs, art, work, and environments have reimagined our world. In over 75 countries across the globe, Pratt’s 61,000 alumni are advancing the creative economy and making a positive impact through their remarkable work and research.

Position Description:
The successful candidate will:
– Teach and develop a wide range of undergraduate and graduate communications design courses.
– Maintain active and recognized research/scholarship, creative activity and professional practice.
– Actively participate in departmental and institutional service including committee work and academic support services such as curricular coordination and development, curricular assessment, supervision of student organizations, student advising and recruitment activities.
– Embrace new forms of critically engaged practice and pedagogy and contribute to the development of a strong culture of design scholarship, research and innovation in the department.
– Build interdisciplinary collaborations both inside and outside the School of Design with a focus on opportunities for collaboration between the undergraduate and graduate departments.


MFA or MDes or degree equivalent in communications design, visual communication, graphic design, interaction design, or related discipline.

– Demonstrated excellence in teaching with a minimum of 3 years’ experience at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
– 3-5 years of recognized creative scholarship and/or current professional practice in the field of communication design or related discipline.
– Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
– Excellent collaborator with management and leadership skills: ability to meet deadlines and communicate effectively.
– Expertise in a broad range of methodologies, concepts, techniques and technology related to communications design practice.
– Demonstrated ability to work with other faculty and students on interdisciplinary/collaborative projects.
– Experience in curricular design, accreditation, assessment, and[1] coordination.
– Experience in building a community of scholars/educators.
– Successful funding procurement and grant activity as well as, scholarship development.
– Experience in the creation or management of a makerspace or production lab.

Please submit the following materials:
– Letter of intent that outlines your interest in this position and summarizes your teaching, research and professional experience and goals.
– CV
– Portfolio of 10 examples of creative/professional work
– Portfolio of 10 examples of student work
– Contact information for three professional references
– Statement describing how you have worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your career and how you plan on continuing to do so here at Pratt.

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