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Dean of the School of Constructed Environments

Parsons The New School for Design has launched a search for a Dean of the School of Constructed Environments, who will provide academic and administrative leadership for graduate and undergraduate programs in the fields of architecture, interior design, product design and lighting design.

Parsons The New School for Design prepares students to creatively and critically address the complex conditions of contemporary global society. Parsons core values include a commitment to critical thinking, reflective practice, and the creation of meaningful, usable, and sustainable contributions to the world. Its curriculum is geared toward synthesizing rigorous craft with cutting-edge theory and research methods, and encourages collaborative and individual approaches that cut across a wide array of disciplines. Parsons continuously connects the local to the global by drawing upon New York City's diverse resources as a world capital of art, culture, business, and intellectual debate. Internship opportunities and partnerships with the biggest names in industry afford a vast network of possibilities for innovation, entrepreneurship, and professional success.

The School of Constructed Environments currently encompasses seven degree programs: a Master of Architecture, Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (slated to launch in Fall 2009), Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architectural Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Product Design, and Associates Degree in Interior Design. The Dean will hold the rank of Associate or Full Professor but his/her central responsibility will be to serve as the chief administrator for the School.

The School of Constructed Environments is one of five thematic schools that Parsons has recently created to better facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to design education and provide a more rational and consistent support structure for faculty and students. These also include The School of Art, Media and Technology (Fine Art, Photography, Illustration, Communication Design, and Design and Technology); The School of Fashion (Fashion Design, Fashion Studies, and Fashion Marketing); The School of Design Strategies: Cities, Services, Ecosystems (Foundation, Integrated Design Curriculum, Design & Management, and proposed thematic graduate programs in Sustainability, Urban and Transdisciplinary Design); and The School of Art and Design History and Theory (Art & Design Studies). Each of the five schools will offer a range of degree programs: undergraduate, graduate, and professional (AAS degrees). The new school structure is officially launching in the 2008-09 academic year.

The interview process will begin in October 2008, with the position start date Spring 2009. For more information, please visit careers.newschool.edu.

Contact: Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011, USA; www.parsons.newschool.edu