Assistant Professor - Interior Design

California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 27, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Department Summary

The San José State University Department of Design seeks candidates for a full -time tenure track faculty position at the intersection of interior design and emerging technologies. The appointment will be made at the level of Assistant Professor. The anticipated start date is August 2021.

The Department of Design is committed to design, research, and scholarship at the highest level. The Department is centered around creative technologies and we are looking for faculty who are seeking to use technology in adaptive, inclusive, poetic, collaborative and experimental ways. We are also socially responsible, we strive to make design accessible and equitable, and we have a culturally engaged vision of design across our programs. This position will be an excellent opportunity for designers interested in launching a career at an institution that is a national leader in graduating historically underserved students. SJSU has achieved both HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) status. We rank third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The department offers four professional degrees, and is organized around five discipline groups: Interior Design, Industrial Design, Interaction Design, Graphic Design and Animation. Our faculty include designers, architects, artists, and historians who are committed to excellence, and collaboration extensively across the Department, College, University, Silicon Valley and beyond.

Given this context, the Department of Design seeks outstanding candidates with a talent and ability in the production and teaching of interior design with salient knowledge in at least one of the following fields:

  • Robotics
  • Augmented-reality and virtual-reality systems
  • Interaction systems and programmable surfaces that include technologies such as sensors and actuators
  • Computation, scripting, and creative coding
  • Fabrication using computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment

As our physical experiences are increasingly mediated by digital activity, designing our built environment will be as much about designing the virtual and interactive experiences that happen in that space. Because emerging technologies are becoming ubiquitous in our everyday lives we are also interested in the ethics and politics, and social complexity of how these technologies are used. Ideal candidates should be asking questions about how such advances either contribute to or mitigate the widening gap between those who have access to such technologies and those who do not.

Candidates must also demonstrate potential to teach at the intersection of design, technology and culture through studios, workshops and/or seminars to a large undergraduate population from a diversity of backgrounds. Candidates must be willing to engage across the various disciplines within the design department, and possibly with other departments within the University because we believe that such collaborations create a charged atmosphere for study and a critical edge for research, we seek candidates with an ability to thrive within this context.

Required Qualifications

  • A master’s degree or above in interior design, design, architecture, computational design or other related field.
  • Candidates must have a body of creative projects, and /or research work that show promise and significance to the field of interior design, architecture or experience design.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A minimum of two years teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Other Responsibilities

  • Candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committee and other service assignments .
  • Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience in understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity and be able to create new courses, new course content, and inclusive course materials that engage will engage with students of varying age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation.

Compensation - Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Starting Date – August, 2021

Eligibility - Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • portfolio of creative work
  • statement of teaching interests/ philosophy that describes what role faculty play in student success
  • research plans
  • diversity statement that discusses strategies for supporting historically marginalized students in design
  • three references with contact information

For full consideration, please apply by January 6, 2021.

Inquires may be directed to the Department Chair Virginia San Fratello via email at

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Advertised: October 27, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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