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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Interior Design

Michigan State University
Michigan, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Jul 24, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education, Instructional Technology & Design
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary

The Interior Design program in the School of Planning, Design & Construction (SPDC) at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor starting as early as January 2022, although the committee may also consider this position starting in August 2022.

The successful candidate will contribute to the school vision in creating sustainable and healthy built, natural, and virtual environments. The Interior Design program seeks a creative and motivated colleague who will advance the excellence of the academic community through their teaching, research, and service. The successful candidate is expected to teach all levels of Interior Design core courses, advise and/or teach graduate students, engage in service to the profession and the university, and maintain an active research/creative scholarship program through publishing peer-reviewed journal articles and securing research grants. The position is open to a broad range of specializations in research and teaching. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching, service, and research activities.

This appointment is 45% research, 45% teaching, and 10% service.

Required Degree

Earned doctorate in Interior Design or related field by position start date. At least one degree (either bachelor, master or doctoral) must be in Interior Design.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants are required to have a doctorate in Interior Design or a related field. Strong potential for scholarly research productivity and innovative teaching in undergraduate and graduate courses is required.

Desired Qualifications

Preferred qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design; NCIDQ certification or NCIDQ eligible; professional practice experience; experience in teaching interior design studios; proficiency in AutoCAD Architecture, Revit and Adobe Creative Suite; and familiarity with CIDA accreditation guidelines.

Required Application Materials

All candidates for the position (posting # 717933) must apply online at Applicants for this position should submit:

1) a formal letter of interest, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) samples of publications, professional reports, and/or portfolio of creative work, 4) a statement addressing your experience with diversity and inclusion in teaching/learning, mentoring, service, professional activities and research and/or describing how you will contribute to MSU's goals of inclusive excellence, and 

5) the names and contact information for three references. Reference letters will be requested after the initial review of applications.

Special Instructions

Questions regarding this position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Eunsil Lee,, or 517-432-3249.

Review of Applications Begins/Closing Date

Review of the application will begin on October 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment will commence in Spring 2022.


 Program Statement

The Interior Design Program was established in 1935. The Program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, Master of Arts in Environmental Design, and Doctor of Philosophy in Planning, Design and Construction with a concentration in Environmental Design. The four-year undergraduate program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) since 1976. The Interior Design program consists of a dynamic group of faculty with diverse scholarly specializations who work together to advance teaching and creative/research scholarship in a collegial environment. Faculty and students in the Interior Design Program respect the values and expertise of individual members and strongly advocate for diversity and professional collaboration. For further information about the School of Planning, Design and Construction and the Interior Design Program, visit Interior Design - School of Planning, Design and Construction (  

School Statement

The School of Planning, Design, and Construction unites four academic programs related to the built environment: Construction Management, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning, with 43 faculty and academic specialists, and 8 staff members. The School offers 8 degree pathways from Bachelors to Ph.D. – including 5 professionally accredited degrees with over 350 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. The School is jointly administered by the Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Social Science.

The mission of the School is to advance the knowledge, prepare innovative leaders, and support the practice of planning, design, and construction. Our academic activities address sustainability, health, transportation, economic development, and communities. Please refer to the School's homepage available at:

College Statement

 The School of Planning, Design and Construction and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at MSU are committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. We are particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

University Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, MI, with easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, and award-winning school districts. MSU is also pro-active in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU's dual career support can be found at 

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. MSU actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, transgender or gender diverse individuals, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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