About the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design:
The Drexel University Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design is dedicated to the education of students in the areas of design, media and the performing and visual arts. The Westphal College offers 17 undergraduate and eight graduate majors, housed in award-winning, technologically enhanced facilities, and taught by distinguished faculty who have worked at the top of their fields. The College values a studio approach that incorporates work experience for all undergraduate students.
Westphal educates students to find their place as leaders in today's rapidly changing world by teaching the diverse skills needed to conceptualize and implement creative thinking. The synergy of Westphal’s creative programs, strong foundation curriculum and diverse minors, and stewardship of University assets and enterprises enhances the strength of the College in this interdisciplinary age. The College actively participates in community-based learning programs that allow students and faculty to study the issues affecting our world in collaboration with neighboring communities.
As the center for creativity at Drexel, the Westphal College’s collaborative community of scholars, creatives, thinkers, and doers are uniquely positioned to face the world’s challenges and define the creative careers of the 21st century. Westphal College is dedicated to building a community where everyone is welcome, and a multiplicity of voices are celebrated.
About the Architecture Program
The Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism seeks applicants to teach in various capacities as adjunct faculty member in the Drexel University’s Architecture Program. The mission of the Drexel Architecture Program is to pursue architecture as a professional discipline by combining the rigors of the academy with the realities of contemporary architectural practice. We offer a strong, broadly based curriculum in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and the applied sciences, coupled with professional courses taught by faculty who reflect the broad diversity of architectural practice today.
Drexel’s unique work/study program is an experiential-based learning model that complements and provides an alternative to traditional studio-based programs. The Drexel model provides a practical, high-quality education to those students who seek early exposure to daily architectural practice as well as an affordable alternative to students who could not otherwise be able to enter the profession.
The Architecture Program offers a non-accredited Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree as well as two paths to a NAAB-accredited Bachelor of Architecture degree within a work-study educational model:
- A seven-year, part-time evening option serves a large population of non-traditional students drawn from throughout the greater Philadelphia region.
- The unique 2 + 4 Option caters to recent high-school graduates who follow two years of full-time study with four years of part-time study in the evening.
Students in both options gain professional working experience in architectural firms while attending classes in the evening. For additional information on the Architecture program, please see https://drexel.edu/westphal/academics/undergraduate/ARCH/.
We are dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and encourage applications from all those who can contribute through their research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community in Drexel University’s Architecture Program.
The adjunct faculty member will employ a variety of strategies to foster student professional and artistic development, learning and discussions, as well as encourage active learning in all students, maintain proper course-related records, and evaluate student work and provide students with feedback as to the progress toward meeting the objectives of the course. Each adjunct faculty member is responsible for effectively teaching students in the assigned classroom or remote settings. Each adjunct faculty member is responsible for effectively implementing the mission of the Department of Architecture, Design & Urbanism within Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. Responsibilities may include teaching days, evenings, nights, and weekends, with the potential for online only, in-person only, or a combination of both.
- Teach required number of credit hours per quarter based on contract.
- Teach studio, lecture, seminar, and/or practicum courses per contract.
- Plan and provide instructional experiences that reflect an understanding of the philosophy, objectives, and curriculum of the program.
- Acquire and maintain skills necessary to navigate Drexel online teaching resources (e.g. Blackboard Learn, MURAL, ZOOM and other learning platforms and communication tools), to effectively share course content, communicate with students and evaluate their work.
- Evaluate student achievement of curricular objectives/outcomes.
- Maintain communication with the program director and faculty course coordinator regarding any course or student issues.
- Perform other similar duties as assigned.
- Bachelor of Architecture Degree or advanced degree in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, architectural engineering or a related field pertinent to the position.
- Professional experience in architecture, landscape architecture and/or urban planning and/or pertinent engineering disciplines required.
- Teaching experience in architecture and/or urban planning.
- Demonstrated expertise in the field pertinent to the position.
- Effective written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
Special Instructions to the Applicant
The application must include a letter of interest indicating your strong areas of expertise and a list of three references (including position and contact information) that can attest your qualifications. Please submit a CV, work samples and a statement of teaching philosophy.