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Professorship (W2) in Integrated Design: Social Constructions with regard to Diversity and Gender
Published(760 days ago)
Deadline for applications(743 days ago)
Technische Hochschule KölnKöln
KISD - Köln International School of Design of TH Köln is looking forward to receiving applications for the following position:
W2 Professorship in Integrated Design: Social Constructions
with regard to Diversity and Gender
Reference number F021703
The position is to be filled at the earliest possible date.
At an institute operating on an international and interdisciplinary basis, the incumbent will represent and give shape to
the newly formulated discipline and research area "Social Constructions" in theory and practice.
You will grasp the area of "Social Constructions" by a strong practical and methodological focus on (de-)construction reflecting
on socio-cultural realities and phenomena with regard to diversity and gender - and implementing them according to design theory
and practice. In doing so, you will put a primary emphasis on the realm of social and cultural human diversity closely connected and
attached to terms of gender, class, age, ethnicity, nationality, physicality, and religion.
In the field of teaching, you will teach analytical, conceptional, and creative skills which enable students to challenge, develop,
and implement social realities. In the area of research, you will cope with performative (media) art and technology, fashion and
textile, alternating product worlds, virtual and social spaces and networks.
We are looking for an outstanding, highly qualified candidate in the realm of design and related disciplines. We expect you to hold a
university degree in a discipline such as design, architecture, the arts, or in the field of cultural or social sciences (provided
that you have been following a research approach strongly focused on design or design-related subjects) with excellent university
performances, a PhD (or if a candidate does not hold a doctoral degree, he or she is to attest to merits adequate of a doctorate by
submitting an official assessment by a university professor with the application or - in art subjects - particular proficiency for
artistic work attested by a professor’s official assessment may substitute the lack of a doctoral degree as well as non-existing
merits adequate of a doctorate) and a total of at least five years of subject-related career experience (including at least three
years outside the higher education sector). Also highly desirable is a broad international network of players in design and the
creative industries as well as proven activities for respective institutions, organizations, associations, and interest groups.
We expect a good command of English (German respectively).
For more than 25 years, KISD - Köln International School of Design of TH Köln has offered students and employees a unique project-oriented
learning and research environment. Studying at KISD is, for all degree courses, integrative, interdisciplinary, and international. Through
co-operation with excellent universities, design and art schools, KISD has at its disposal a vibrant international network for learning,
teaching, and research. More than two-thirds of the courses we offer are held in the English language. KISD was consecutively ranked by
"Business Week" among the best design schools worldwide.
TH Köln is certified as a "family-friendly university". TH Köln intends to increase the proportion of women in research and
teaching, and hence strongly encourages female scientists to apply. In cases of applicants with equal qualifications, aptitude and
expertise, female applicants will be given preferential treatment according to the regulations of the "Landesgleichstellungsgesetz"
of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Severely disabled applicants are given preferential consideration in the event of equal qualification.
We offer our researchers an inspirational work environment. Technology, Arts, Sciences reflects our academic diversity, our interdisciplinary
approach, and our internationality. With this concept we consider ourselves a model for the future in teaching and research. We foster a
culture of enablement and cooperation between colleagues. International scientific standards, gender equality and inclusion are the guiding
principles of our human resources development. We are a certified family-friendly university.
Please send your application, stating the reference number F021703 to the President of the TH Köln, for the attention of
Frau Christiane Kaline, Gustav-Heinemann-Ufer 54, 50968 Köln. Application deadline: 2017-09-07. Your application should
include a detailed description of your prior practical experiences in the area of Integrated Design: Social Constructions with regard
to diversity and gender, previous research projects and research papers and, if applicable, your teaching experiences. We kindly ask
you to also attach a short sketch in which you can present the ideas and concepts you are willing to make use of in strengthening and
advancing the discipline’s profile at KISD, being part of the Integrated Design degree course at KISD.
For detailed information on the position, please contact Prof. Jenz Großhans, Head of the Appointment Committee, telephone number
+49 (0)221 82 75-3607. You will find more information on the job description, the application procedure, and the W-remuneration on:
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