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Assistant Professor Interior Design

Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa
Commensurate with qualifications
Date posted
Nov 2, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor Interior Design

Appointment Type: Faculty

Job Description:
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Interior Design at Iowa State University (ISU) is seeking candidates to join us as a tenure-track Assistant Professor, starting Fall 2024. We are searching for an enthusiastic and dedicated design educator willing to offer innovative approaches to design pedagogy on teaching design studios, theory and other lecture courses. Applicants should be interested in creating and fostering design excellence and value interdisciplinary collaboration.

We are in search of a talented teacher and/or practicing professional to join our team and play a crucial role in advancing initiatives that align with our department's strategic plan, with a primary focus on health and well-being. This role will encompass teaching, research, and collaborative efforts to create a culture of health and well-being in alignment with our institutional mission.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teaching and Curriculum Development: Develop and deliver courses related to health and well-being, ensuring high-quality education. Create engaging and innovative instructional materials and methods to foster learning and promote health and well-being. Support undergraduate and graduate students through their educational experiences.
  • Research and Innovation: Stay current with trends and research in health and well-being. Contribute to research efforts aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of our programs and initiatives.
  • Service: Provide service to the department, college, and the broader ISU community, and external discipline-specific organizations.

The position offers opportunities to work with undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the possibility of teaching in the College of Design’s interdisciplinary programs. Responsibilities include teaching design studios, large lectures, and seminar courses; maintaining an active record of creative research and/or scholarship in interior design-related areas; advising undergraduate students; mentoring and teaching graduate students, and participating in service activities within the department, college, and university.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Terminal Degree in Interior Design/Interior Architecture or Design Related Discipline (Ph.D., M.F.A., M. Arch., or equivalent), and at least one degree in Interior Design/Interior Architecture.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • NCIDQ certified or eligible.
  • Evidence of teaching experience or professional practice across the program curricula.
  • Experience with relevant industry-standard software (e.g. Revit, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, SketchUp, Unreal Engine).
  • Demonstrated evidence of national and/or international scholarship.
  • LEED, WELL, EDAC, CAPS certification, or other relevant certification(s).

Department/Program & College Description:
The Department of Interior Design is a vibrant program in the College of Design at Iowa State University, along with Architecture, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Art and Visual Culture, Landscape Architecture, and Community and Regional Planning. The Department of Interior Design is a CIDA accredited program that offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design (BFA), a Master of Arts in Interior Design (MA), a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (MFA), and an interdisciplinary double degree with the Department of Architecture (MA-MArch). The department also offers experiential learning in immersive study abroad programs, a professional internship program, many interdisciplinary opportunities, and strategic collaborations with other highly ranked colleges and departments.

The approximately 200 undergraduate students, 15 graduate students and 12 faculty members who comprise the Department of Interior Design share a commitment to excellence. Over the past decade, ISU interior design students and design studios have won multiple national and international awards, including 17 winners or finalists in the Hospitality Design Awards since 2008, and students have participated in several Venice Biennale Sessions. The department is recognized for its development of interdisciplinary collaborations.

Department Unit/Website:
Proposed Start Date: August 16, 2024
Number of Months Employed Per Year: 09 Month Work Period
Time Type: Full time

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position, please visit and apply online at:

Please complete the online employment application.

Be prepared to submit*:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae (include a list of courses taught, if available).
  • Teaching philosophy (1-2 pages)
  • Statement of research/creative scholarship (1-2 pages)
  • Portfolio of creative works and student works (up to 20 pages)

* Candidates will be required to submit contact information for three references before the campus interview.

To ensure full consideration, application must be received by January 15, 2024.

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to the faculty search chair, Dr. Daejin Kim at If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Why Choose ISU?
Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:

  • Retirement benefits, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;
  • Generous leave plans;
  • Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);
  • Life insurance and long-term disability;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Various voluntary benefits and discounts;
  • Employee Assistance Program;
  • Wellbeing program.

Job Requisition Number: R13321

About Us
By focusing on the future and providing the best student experience possible, Iowa State attracts students and faculty who want to make a difference. With a comprehensive land-grant mission of education, research, extension and outreach, we produce scholars whose ideas change the world. And through Innovate at Iowa State, we provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Located just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the city of Ames was recently named one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for campus life and career opportunities.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community.

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485. Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485. TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942.

General ISU compensation information can be found on the University Human Resources website. Please note that this is only a list of ranges and individuals will be paid commensurate with qualifications.

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