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Final Job Talk for Assistant Professor of Communication Design, Friday 4/18

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Candidates for full-time faculty positions at Parsons give job talks, which are public, on-campus presentations to our faculty and staff. The job talks allow candidates to present themselves in the context of their research, scholarship, or creative practice, and pedagogical philosophy. Each candidate speaks for about thirty minutes, followed by a fifteen-minute Q&A follow-up session.

There are three finalists in the Assistant Professor of Communication Design search at Parsons: Gaia Scagnetti, Jessica Wexler, and YuJune Park. Please see below for information on their upcoming job talks.

Gaia Scagnetti

Wednesday, April 9, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
University Center, 65 Fifth Avenue, Room 202

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Dr. Gaia Scagnetti is an expert in visual epistemology as well as Information Visualization and mapping. Her current research investigates the impact of Information Visualization on design discourse with a focus on design education. At present she is full-time professor and second year coordinator at the International Communication Design Programme in the Faculty of Architecture of Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. In 2010 Gaia completed a Post Doctoral research at the Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As Researcher and Design Strategist at MIT she conducted qualitative research for design in the topic of social sustainability, connectivity and mobility. In 2009 she obtained a PhD degree cum Meritus in Industrial design and Multimedia Communication at the Politecnico di Milano. During the doctoral research Gaia has worked as a designer and researcher at the DensityDesignLab in Milan, where she carried out researches, design projects and teaching activities on Information Visualization and Mapping. Her works have been featured in several conferences and exhibitions (DesignEd, HyperUrbain.2, the MIT Humanities + Digital Conference, NetSci2010 – Arts | Humanities | Complex Networks, SIGGRAPH09 Emerging technology Conference, the MediaLAB Prado – Visualizar08) and publications and showcases (DataFlow 2, VisualComplexity.com, Mapping pattern of information, Malofiej 19, Visual storytelling, Parsons Journal of Information Mapping). Her complete portfolio at www.namedgaia.com.

Jessica Wexler 

Thursday, April 10, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm
University Center, 65 Fifth Avenue, Room 202

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Jessica Wexler is a graphic designer and design educator located in New York City. She is a co-founder of Greenblatt-Wexler, a graphic design partnership that focuses on print and screen-based projects, both commercial and research-based, for arts-related and cultural institutions. Clients and collaborators include 601 Artspace, Carroll and Sons Art Gallery, Columbia School of the Arts, Detroit Institute of Arts, Dot Dash 3, Gradient Architecture, Wayne Koestenbaum, Logo TV, Mixed Greens Gallery, MTWTF, MTV, Peggy Deamer Architect, Simon & Schuster, Visual Aids, Yale University School of Art. Her work has been exhibited at White Columns and MOMA and is in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library at the Butler Library at Columbia University and the AIGA Graphic Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum. Greenblatt-Wexler has been featured in Guide to Graphic Design by Scott Santoro and GDNYC’s Super Models. Design education is an active part of Jessica’s professional practice. She is currently a faculty member in the School of Art + Design at Purchase College, SUNY and has taught at Rutgers, Pratt, FIT and Otis College of Art and Design. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts, an AAS in Graphic Design from Parsons The New School For Design and a BA in Religion from Haverford College.

YuJune Park 

Friday, April 18, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm
55 W.13th Street, Room 205

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YuJune Park holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is the co-founder of Synoptic Office. Her work has been exhibited in Boston, New York City, Cologne, Milan, Slovenia and China. AIGA, the I.D. Annual Design Review, the 90th Annual Art Director’s Club Awards, iDN, It’s Nice That, Etapes, the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, and the Ningbo Museum of Art have recognized her work. Additionally, she has trained under and worked with several studios including 2×4, Project Projects, Graphic Thought Facility, Pentagram, and Base Design for a variety of clients including the Museum of Modern Art, Milk Studios, Frieze Art Fair, Wellesley College, and the Design Museum. YuJune has taught at Yale University and SUNY Purchase and is currently a part-time lecturer at Parsons The New School for Design.

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