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W2 Professorship in Integrated Design: Social Constructions with regard to Diversity and Gender

Application deadline: 2017-09-07 - Reference number: F021703

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

The position to be filled at the earliest possible date.

Your responsibilities

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.

Your Profile

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 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).

Please send your application, stating the reference number F021703 to:

An den Präsidenten der Technischen Hochschule Köln, z. Hd. 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. Jens-Peter 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: https://www.th-koeln.de/en/job-vacancies_17710.php. For more information on your tasks, requirements for professor positions, application documents, and W2 payment, please visit www.th-koeln.de/stellen.

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.

For more information on your tasks, requirements for professor positions, application documents, and W2 payment, please visit www.th-koeln.de/stellen.

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.

Applications from women are particularly encouraged. In accordance with the North Rhine-Westphalian Equal Opportunities Act, women will be given priority consideration if deemed equally suited, qualified, and in possession of equal professional achievements. Severely disabled persons with equal qualifications will also be treated preferentially.