University of Cincinnati

Program of Interior Design
School of Architecture and Interior Design
College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning
Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure-Track
(Final Rank/Title Commensurate w/ Credentials)

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati (UC) invites applications for a tenure-track Interior Design faculty position in the top-ranked School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (rank/title commensurate with credentials).

The College of DAAP has as its primary mission the creation of a better visual and design environment.

The School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) confers an accredited professional degree in Interior Design (BSID); an accredited first professional graduate degree in Architecture (M Arch); an undergraduate degree in Architecture (BS Arch); a post-professional degree (MS Arch); a Ph.D. degree in architecture and a newly launched post professional Master of Interior Design (MIntD). There are approximately 215 interior design students and a total of 715 students in the School and 28 full-time faculty.

The Program of Interior Design is vested (as is the University and College) in cooperative education (co-op) and in the belief that it is an effective structure in which to educate interior designers. The program defines a pedagogical model, which combines the University’s General Education program that stresses the core competencies of critical thinking, knowledge integration, effective communication, and social responsibility, with a professional education that includes theory, skill building, and specialized technical knowledge. This educational process is grounded in a collaborative exchange between a broad and specific design language and in practice that welds the academic ideals of theory with the application necessary to practice. The commitment to educating students in both theory and practice simultaneously requires synthesizing a variety of diverse content areas and topics into a coherent academic and co-op curriculum and encourages a climate of risk-taking, independent thought, and innovation.

UC’s Interior Design program is a nationally-ranked program and has been named the Most Admired undergraduate interior design program by deans and department heads for the last 20 years according to Design Intelligence. The program includes the renowned cooperative education program (co‐op) that places students in paid professional work environments (5 semesters for interior design) as part of the curriculum. SAID’s co-op network includes over 500 firms across the globe. The Interior Design Program was one of the first ten programs accredited by the Foundation of Interior Design Education and Research (now Council of Interior Design Accreditation) in 1974 and has held continuous accreditation since then.

Position Responsibilities:
This position includes a full-time teaching load (one studio and one lecture/seminar per semester), which entails developing and delivering course materials incorporating theory, practice and practical applications in one or more following fields: Design Technologies (e.g. materials, millwork, furniture, lighting, acoustics, etc.); Digital Technology (e.g. interactive media, intelligent design, etc.); Adaptive Re-use (e.g. historic preservation, historic materials conservation, etc.); Universal Design; Sustainability.  A full-time faculty member must serve on various School, College, and/or University committees, including thesis and dissertation committees. Other responsibilities include: scholarly activity (such as publications, research, exhibitions, grants, etc.), design research and/or creative scholarship (such as practice, etc.) is expected.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must hold at least one professional degree in interior design or a related field at the undergraduate or graduate level prior to effective date of appointment.
  • Candidates must hold at least a master’s degree in interior design, architecture, or related field prior to effective date of appointment.
  • Candidates must have at least one academic year of relevant teaching experience in an institution of higher education (including design studio instruction).

The position is available August 15, 2020. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2019 and the search will remain open until an appointment is made. Applicants should refer to the DAAP web site ( to learn more about SAID, DAAP and UC.

Application Process:
Complete an Applicant Profile at and upload your CV/Resume. Then, officially apply to posting REQ #: 39602 and attach the following documents under the “Additional Documents” section of the application:

  • Letter of interest which clearly states area of teaching philosophy, research and professional goals
  • List of three references, with contact information
  • Portfolio – including (as is relevant, and clearly identified as such) professional work, student work, sample publications, and sample syllabi should be provided in electronic format of no more than 2 MB


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.