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Faculty Tenure Track-9 Month - Interior Design Program

Post Date:

January 18, 2018


Kent State University


Kent, OH


The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at Kent State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant for Associate Professor in Interior Design with expertise in design and at least one of these areas:  lighting, environmental behavior, design theory, digital/computational design, acoustical, methods and materials, or history of interiors.  The successful candidate will demonstrate an exceptional ability to teach interior design studios and seminars that extend from their research and/or creative work.

Qualifications:  Candidates must hold an advanced degree in Interior Design or related discipline, with at least one degree in Interior Design. They should have substantive experience in design practice, innovative research, and/or university teaching.  They should show promise for developing a national reputation through peer-reviewed scholarship disseminated through leading venues.  The successful candidate will be expected to lead in the delivery of studio-based and lecture formats within the Interior Design Program, especially related to their area of expertise.  Experience with digital tools is preferred.

The ICDA accredited undergraduate Interior Design Program at Kent State University is dedicated to the understanding, development, and improvement of the building environment.  The interior design program prepares student to think critically, work creatively and design interior environments humanistically.  Additionally, the interior design program and faculty are dedicated to assuring that students develop the leadership and technical skills needed to create compelling interior environments.  The program emphasized interdisciplinary education in architecture, art, visual communications, business, and technology.  A post-professional Master of Interior Architecture degree is under development.

The College of Architecture and Environmental Designs distinguished faculty, cutting-edge facilities, and established programs in Architecture, Architectural Studies, Interior Design, Construction Management, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Health Care Design, and graduate research in Architecture and Environment Design offer numerous cross-disciplinary opportunities, including partnerships with regional industries and ties to design practitioners.  Resources include the Lighting Lab, Fabrication Lab (FabLab), a state of the art Robotics Fabrication Lab (RFAB), an outstanding Materials Library with a curated Material ConneXion, and other digital design assets.  CAED programs offer unique international study opportunities, a progressive co-curricular lecture and exhibition series, and campus relationships with other units including the College of Arts and Sciences, College Aeronautics and Engineering, and a growing design innovation partnership between the highly regarded School of Art, The Fashion School, School of Visual Communication Design, and Liquid Crystal Institute.

The CAED is instrumental in the University’s growing emphasis on Design Innovation, Its 32 full-time faculty and administrators and over 1000 undergraduate and graduate students now occupy three exciting locations:   the spectacular new 107,000 sq. ft. Center for Architecture and Design designed by Weiss/Manfredi situated neat downtown Kent; the recently renovated Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative in Playhouse Square; and the Palazzo Vettori in the historic center of Florence, Italy. 

Located midway between New York and Chicago in the Cleveland/Akron metro area, Kent State University is an ascending national research university in the heart of a burgeoning cultural and industrial region that is home to some of the world’s finest art museums, parks, universities, restaurants, theaters, music venues, and independent cinemas. These include the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Restoration Society, the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Playhouse Square, Akron Art Museum to name a few.  See the following websites for more information on Kent State University and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Required Qualifications:

  • An advance terminal degree in Interior Design or related discipline
  • Must possess at least one professional degree in interior design
  • Record of peer recognized scholarly activity

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. is preferred
  • NCIDQ/licensure/registration/certification
  • Previous teaching experience
  • Record of developing and implementing academic programs and courses
  • Record of development and participation in cross-disciplinary endeavors
  • Record of acquiring grant-supported scholarship
  • Professional experience
  • Ability to use of digital tools such as Revit, Rhino, 3D MAX , Adobe Creative Suite, BIM, and digital fabrication.

Application Process:

Applicants are required to complete an online application on the Kent State University job site: (search by position 997943) and complete the online academic data form.

Applicants should also include:

  1. Letter of interest, including a statement of interior design education, teaching, research/scholarship, program leadership and personal design research agenda
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Portfolio with evidence of research/scholarship, personal creative work and teaching, (e.g. course syllabi and examples of student work)
  4. List of three references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses

Any questions may be sent to: Diane Davis-Sikora or Cary Johnson, Co-Chairs, Interior Design  Search Committee, or,  Kent State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, 132 S. Lincoln St., Kent, OH 44242.

Review of candidates will begin February 15, 2018. Full consideration will be given to candidates who have submitted by February 28, 2018. 

All documents submitted to Kent State University for employment opportunities are public records and subject to disclosure under the Ohio Public Record Laws. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Kent State University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.


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