003650-2017 - Transdisciplinary Clinical Professor


The Purdue Transdisciplinary Studies in Technology (TST) program is committed to providing our students with an education that is holistic to engage in existing and emerging challenges that demand solutions transcending conventional disciplines. New transdisciplinary clinical professors are sought to contribute to transformational change in approaching and addressing these challenges, by contributing to 1) educational experiences that span across STEM and Humanities/Arts disciplines, 2) facilitation of highly diverse education teams, 3) student growth and development through rich mentoring relationships, and 4) communication of complex educational paradigms with multiple stakeholders and broad audiences.

Job Duties

The following are illustrations of the contributions and responsibilities of TST clinical faculty in the areas of teaching, service and administration, and other professional activities:

1.      Develop and Instruct Transdisciplinary Courses with a Group of Faculty

Generally, the normal teaching load, for all clinical faculty, is six courses (or equivalent) per year.  However, this may vary depending on other responsibilities.  With the approval of the relevant department chair, administrative duties and other professional activities that serve the college and department may be substituted for a course. Clinical faculty in the TST program are expected to do the following:

  • Complete all required training to teach in the TST program.
  • Collaboratively develop and create innovative curriculum and new course syllabi for transdisciplinary courses.
  • Leverage mastery in one or more disciplines toward novel transdisciplinary contributions.
  • Team-teach in the aforementioned courses.
  • Lead or collaborate in teaching new educational thrusts or learning innovation. 
  • Supervise laboratory and/or artistic facilities, TA’s, and students in their classrooms.
  • Engage in program review and revision and assessment of curricula.

2.      Facilitate Competency-Based Focused Education

  • Facilitate a transdisciplinary education revolved around the most current set of TST competencies.
  • Use and develop transdisciplinary teaming best practices.
  • Advise and mentor students in the TST program on developing their plan of learning and achieving the competency requirements.
  • Mentor students on committees, senior projects, independent studies, and coursework.

3.      Service and Administration

  • Participate in administrative responsibilities (e.g. program direction, high-level curriculum design, recruitment, admissions, etc.)
  • Provide outreach to the community at large as a representative of the program and department.
  • Take active roles in school committees and activities devoted to educational development and policy.
  • Communicate with disciplinary stakeholders across campus and beyond.



  • A Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Science, or equivalent degree in any field establishing mastery in one or more fields or disciplines recognized by the university.
  • A portfolio of original work demonstrating mastery of one or more fields (such as publications, patents, products, policies, or other artifacts that demonstrate mastery).
  • Experience with some aspect of transdisciplinarity or transdisciplinary study.
  • Able to collaborate and use basic terminology in two or more fields that span across traditionally quantitative and qualitative fields (eg. STEM and Humanities/Arts disciplines).
  • Able to facilitate dialogue and find agreement across diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience using multi-, inter-, cross- and transdisciplinary education methodologies.                              


  • A PhD or equivalent in one or more fields or disciplines recognized by the university.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with systemic thinking and analysis that provide cross-cutting foundations and tools for transdisciplinary education methodology.
  • Experience with developing transdisciplinary programs, courses, and methodologies and/or experience teaching within a transdisciplinary course.
  • Experience with developing competency-based programs, courses, and methodologies and/or experience teaching within a competency-based program.
  • Able to form deep connections between her/his own area of mastery to new disciplines by effective and meaningful analogy, to enable new areas for potential education experiences.
  • Mastery of multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary education methodologies.

Application Process

-          Please submit a current CV, cover letter, and diversity statement.

-          Please send all application materials to Dr. Michael T. Smith at smith859@purdue.edu

*Initial application review will take place on March 31st, 2017.  Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

A background check will be required for employment in this position. 

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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