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Interior Design Program Director

Post Date:

January 18, 2018


Kent State University


Kent, OH


The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at Kent State University invites applications and nominations for Program Director for its CIDA accredited Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design (B.A.) program starting July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will help formulate and implement an ambitious vision for 21st-century interior design education through creative collaboration with faculty and as an integral member of the CAED’s leadership team. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of effective academic leadership along with exceptional teaching in Interior Design and research and/or creative work.

Qualifications:  Candidates must hold, at minimum, a Master’s degree in interior design or a related field with at least one degree in Interior Design (Ph.D./doctorate and NCIDQ / registration / certification preferred).  Candidates should have substantive experience in university teaching, experimental design practice and/or innovative research. They should also have an established network of professional collaborators and a national or international reputation based on peer-reviewed scholarship and/or creative work disseminated in leading venues.  Upon determination by CAED faculty, academic rank wi8ll be at the tenured Associate Professor or Professor level. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence and qualifications in the areas of teaching, research, and service that are commensurate with rank and tenure. Compensation, which includes a comprehensive benefits package, will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

The CAED's 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's 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

Application Process:
Applicants are required to complete an online application on the Kent State University job site: (search by position 998024) and complete the online academic data form.

Applicants should also include:

1)    Letter of interest with a concise overview of the candidate’s vision for interior design education, teaching, research/scholarship, program leadership and personal design research agenda.

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Portfolio with evidence of research/scholarship, personal personal creative work and teaching, (e.g. course syllabi and examples of student work)
  3. 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  Program Director Search Committee, or,  Kent State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, 132 South Lincoln Street, 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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