Director of Product Design Program at Engineering School

Open Rank Clinical Professor
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Science and Technology Studies


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) invites applications from engineers and designers for a clinical professor position, rank open, as Director of the Product Design and Innovation (PDI) program. The primary responsibility in the position will be to develop a world-class program with high visibility in academe, industry and the non-profit design sector, particularly design for humanitarian projects and social justice. Especially desirable is experience in some combination of appropriate technology, sustainable development, green design, humanitarian engineering, participatory design or localization practice. The PDI program is unique, awarding dual degrees at the undergraduate level in STS and one of four program options: mechanical engineering, building science, information technology, and management. PDI students combine their technical expertise with social sciences and humanities perspectives gained in their STS courses. Most students are currently mechanical engineers who find employment in engineering design or product design, but some will also pursue careers in building design, product management, or other related fields. The successful candidate should be prepared to teach design in team-taught studio courses that consider societal dimensions of design problems. He or she will contribute to the administration of the program (student recruitment, developing external relationships and maintaining campus partnerships) and engage in professional activities relevant to the candidate’s field. Rensselaer is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women and members of minority group members. Send CV, letter of application, names and position of three references, and sample publications/project summaries to Sharon Anderson-Gold, Chair, STS Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590. Screening will begin with receipt of applications and continue until the job is filled. The starting date is negotiable, but the preferred date is August, 2005.

http://www.rpi.edu/dept/sts/pdi/