Assistant Professor-DESIGN,Environmental and Interior Design

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 18, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 075511 Job Title Assistant Professor-DESIGN,Environmental and Interior Design Location Syracuse University Pay Range Commensurate w/ Experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours

determined by department/chair

Job Type Full-time Rank Assistant Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY invites applications for one full-time tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in Environmental and Interior Design (and Bachelor of Science in Design Studies) in the School of Design, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

The successful applicant should be able to teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in environmental and interior design, but specifically those focusing on design technology and interior design with an emphasis on the use of digital media and tools. In addition, the applicant should expect to teach occasional courses to first-year undergraduates and/or in the Bachelor of Science in Design Studies.

Responsibilities of the appointment include teaching design studios in the areas of emerging computation and fabrication processes and visualization, including environmental performance simulation and/or material/spatial imagination, digital fabrication skills, and will 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 undergraduate education as well as play an essential role in shaping the future of the program. The school is interested in candidates who have demonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership in teaching, research and/or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Candidates should be committed to building 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 and/or graduate courses, participate in student advising and mentorship, conduct, publish, and disseminate research, and 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 ( BID ), Environmental and Interior Design ( BFA ), Fashion Design ( BFA ), and Communications Design ( BFA ). The School has also recently launched a BS degree in Design Studies, which is rapidly growing, and also houses a graduate program in Museum Studies and an MFA in Design. Enrolling approximately 500 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, the School of Design occupies the Nancy Cantor Warehouse in downtown Syracuse.


Required qualifications: Relevant degree in design or related field, such as a Ph.D., MFA, M.Arch or equivalent combination of education and professional experience; 1-3 years teaching experience within interior design or other design related programs; strong record as an 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.

Job Specific Qualifications

Strong conceptual and design development skills as they pertain to Environmental and Interior Design in both its traditional form as well as in emerging trends in the sector. Evidence of experience in professional practice and/or academic positions in interior design or related fields is desirable. Professional qualifications such as NCIDQ, WELL, LEED certification, membership in IDEC, EDRA, ASID, IIDA are preferable. Established 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, Rhino, and digital fabrication. Knowledge of the following Adobe applications is also required: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier, and XD.


• Teach undergraduate or graduate courses each semester (current load for research-active faculty in Design is 3:2)
• Participate in student advising and mentorship
• Pursue research and creative activities including professional practice relevant to EDI per the University’s expressed mission
• Actively engage in service activities for the program, school, university, community and professional organizations, including service on committees as needed

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach:
Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
Portfolio Website or URL
Teaching Philosophy
References: Submit the name and email address of three references. Reference letters will be requested directly from reference providers for finalists only.

About The College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thought and action. To learn more about the college, our distinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websites at,

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Quick Link Job Posting Date 12/18/2020 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration 01/10/2021 Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants

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