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Assistant/Associate Professor in Environmental and Interior Design

Post Date:

November 12, 2018


Syracuse University


Syracuse, NY



SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY Full-Time, Tenure-Track/Tenured Assistant/Associate Professor in Environmental and Interior Design (EDI) College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Design.

The Environmental and Interior Design program at Syracuse University, in the School of Design and College of Visual and Performing Arts, invites applications and nominations for one full-time tenure-track/tenured faculty at the Assistant/Associate rank. The successful applicant should be able to teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in interior design topics but specifically those focusing on design technology and interior design with an emphasis on the use of digital media and tools. Qualified senior candidates with previous leadership experience would also be considered for the program coordinator role.  

Responsibilities of the appointment include teaching design studios in environmental and interior design program in the topic areas of emerging computation and fabrication processes and visualization including environmental performance simulation and/or material/spatial imagination. This faculty position is responsible for teaching design studios with integration of digital fabrication skills into foundation courses and studio sequence, support courses in digital communication, drawing, and design. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach to design education and be comfortable exploring and teaching new and emerging software, hardware, and technologies. The School of Design is interested in candidates who have developed effective teaching strategies for the educational advancement of students from groups underrepresented in design broadly, and in environmental and interior design, specifically.

The successful candidate will work with a strong team of educators in a well-established and accredited interior design program located in an innovative and collaborative design school and help create a strategic vision for innovative education as well as play an essential role in shaping the future of the program. The school/department is interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Candidates should have a strong track record in teaching, leadership and research/scholarly activity.  They will promote the needs and aspirations of the program; help develop curriculum; contribute to accreditation efforts; teach undergraduate or graduate courses; participate in student advising and mentorship; conduct, publish, and disseminate research; help foster relationships with alumni, industry and outside stakeholders.

The School of Design is an inquisitive and intelligent community of faculty and students who address issues in context. As a professionally-oriented academic unit in a large research university, the School is fully committed to forging bold, imaginative, reciprocal relationships with constituents who are local as well as global. With a long and distinguished history at Syracuse University, the School of Design currently offers several highly-ranked undergraduate programs, including: Industrial and Interaction Design; Environmental and Interior Design; Fashion Design; and Communications Design. The School also houses a graduate program in Museum Studies and an MFA in Design. Enrolling approximately 550 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, the School of Design occupies the Nancy Cantor Warehouse in downtown Syracuse.

Required qualifications: Terminal degree in design or related field, Ph.D., MFA, M.Arch or equivalent; Minimum 1-3 years teaching experience within interior design or other design related programs, with at least 1-3 years of administrative experience if the candidate wishes to be considered for the program coordinator position.

Strong record as a senior academic with a clear understanding of the imperatives of modern design education in terms of pedagogy, quality enhancement, student experience as well as enterprise and employability. Demonstrated success in scholarly activity through research, interdisciplinary collaboration and creative activity based on a foundation of relevant professional practice. Peer-reviewed external adjudication of creative/scholarly work.

Strong conceptual and design development skills as they pertain to EDI in both its traditional form as well as in emerging trends in the sector. A strong career path in professional practice or academic positions in interior design or related fields.  Professional qualifications such as NCIDQ and LEED certification, membership in IDEC, EDRA, ASID, IIDA are preferable. Strong understanding of the nature of interior design education, its delivery and its current issues, ,including competency in supporting students from a diversity of communities and cultures. Knowledge and experience teaching new and emerging software, hardware, and technologies, with strong background in AutoCAD, Revit, Rhinocera, and digital fabrication.

For more information and to apply visit JOB# 074177.

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