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Assistant Professor or Associate Professor - Interior Design

Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 12, 2023

Job Details

Position Function:

TThe Department of Interior Design at Mississippi State University invites applicants for 2 tenure-track appointments at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank with an anticipated start date of Fall 2024. We seek two energetic faculty members to join our dynamic, and growing Interior Design Department. Successful candidates with will demonstrate expertise and experience in integrating emerging approaches to interior design in their research, teaching, and creative practice. We encourage applicants whose scholarship falls into one of the following areas aligned with emerging departmental, college, and university priorities: design for health and well-being, human factors and ergonomics, and accessible and inclusive design. The successful candidate will contribute to the university's mission as a land grant public institution with a Carnegie classification of R1 (Very High Research Activity) through their teaching, research, and service.

Salary Grade : UC

For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Interior Design, housed in the College of Architecture, Art, and Design, serves over 200 undergraduate and approximately 25 graduate students and offers a BS and minor in Interior Design at the undergraduate and a certificate and MFA in Historic Preservation at the graduate level. Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the undergraduate interior design curriculum provides a robust studio-based design education complemented with project-based technical courses and electives that prepare students for a career in the contemporary interior design profession. One of the fastest growing departments in the College, the Department of Interior Design has a long history of student success, with regular recognition at the regional and national level and high placement percentages for our graduates. The faculty in the department collaborate with colleagues from various departments across the university, including the School of Architecture, the Department of Art, the Department of Building Construction Science, the Department of Communication, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Mississippi State University is a comprehensive land grant institution ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Very high Research Activity University and within the top 100 research institutions by NSF. With approximately 23,000 students, Mississippi State is home to a vibrant community in the growing college town of Starkville, Mississippi. More information about Mississippi State University, including its history, traditions, and points of pride, is available at Additional information about the City of Starkville is available at

Area of Specialization:

Interior Design

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2024

Tenure Track Status:

Tenure Track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Faculty in the Interior Design Department have opportunities to teach undergraduate courses in interior design and graduate courses in the Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation. As a faculty member in an undergraduate academic program, the successful candidates will actively engage in pedagogy, curriculum development, student advising, innovative teaching, research, and interdisciplinary initiatives within the college. The successful candidates will teach undergraduate design studio courses and lecture courses at the undergraduate or graduate level based on departmental needs and the candidates’ expertise. Responsibilities as a tenure-track faculty also include the development of a successful research agenda that results in scholarly productivity in the form of peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and funded research grants. Additional responsibilities include university service and community outreach.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Earned a Master’s or terminal degree in Interior Design or a closely related professional
• NCIDQ certified or eligible to become NCIDQ certified
• At least 3 years of work experience in a design-related field
• Experience with and competency in relevant industry-standard design computing and
visualization software (e.g., AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Creative Cloud, SketchUp)

Preferred Qualifications:

• Teaching experience in higher education
• Three to five years of design experience in an Interior design practice or related
experience in the design industry
• MFA or Ph.D. in interior design or a related discipline
• LEED, WELL, AAHID, NKBA, or other relevant certifications

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to stay engaged and current with evolutions in design, practice, technology, and processes
Excellent communication skills
Knowledge of foundational and advanced design concepts necessary for educating future professionals in the interior design industry
Ability to work closely with a team for the development of curriculum, research endeavors, and student engagement
Candidates should also demonstrate evidence of or verified potential for establishing a publication record, grant procurement and university-level teaching
Familiarity with Regional, National, and International building codes and regulations
Ability to analyze and synthesize design documentations

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and upload a cover letter, current resume or curriculum vitae, and the complete contact information for at least three professional references.

In addition, please upload the following documents:
• Teaching Philosophy and research statement
• Samples of scholarship (e.g., peer-reviewed publication, presentation, poster, etc.)
• A digital portfolio that highlights accomplishments in design including concept
development, process, and technical application of design ideas, selected samples of
teaching outcomes (Limit file size to 100 Mb)
• Transcripts-Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be
redacted prior to submitting online.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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