I have been working at Parsons the New School for Design part-time (More than 3 years)
Parsons is one of the best fashion schools on the planet and has amazing resources and immense talent, both in its faculty and staff. There is a Union for the part time faculty, so that after 1 year you can sign up for great health insurance and a retirement account.
There is no training, even with experience teaching, you're expected to just jump in and do it! There is no job security. You can find out 6 weeks before the semester starts that you are teaching. The pay is average for the US for an Adjunct Lecturer, you only get paid for 'contact' hours, no extra hours for preparing lectures, grading, etc. The pay should be higher because we're in New York City, one of the highest costs of living in the US. Many part timers at Parsons have to teach at several schools just to survive, and so are exhausted and have no time for working on their own businesses.
Advice to Management
It would be so helpful if Parsons would assign mentors who are full time or part time and have been teaching at Parsons for at least 10 years to new teachers. I have had to reach out to faculty on my own for tips on how to teach more effectively. There are faculty workshops, but I've been there already 7 semesters and still have not been observed while I'm teaching. The only feedback I have is from student evaluations.
I applied through other source. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Parsons the New School for Design (New York, NY).
I was referred by a friend and therefore somehow only met with the person who became my supervisor. It was a good interview but the job description seemed a bit less clear than it was on paper.
There was little room for negotiating the salary because of salary grade caps and budget limits.
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