Assistant Professor, Interior Design (Multiple Positions) - The Design School

Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 30, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts, Other Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University invites applications for multiple full-time tenure-track appointments at the assistant professor rank beginning fall 2022.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program nationally and located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. The Herberger Institute comprises the schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to redefining the 21st-century design and arts school through developing and scaling ideas to strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture and to increase the capacity of artists to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

The Design School

The Design School is committed to creating inclusive spaces that welcome and celebrate cultural diversity and decolonizing design education. In the next several years, we are conducting faculty searches to help us achieve this goal. We seek colleagues that can contribute, within their design field, to Justice, Health, and Sustainability, and work across our school’s disciplines to support ASU’s design aspirations and mission of inclusion.

The Design School in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is the largest and most comprehensive school for design education, with programs ranked top 20 in the nation. From programs in architecture, landscape architecture and industrial design to interior design, urban design and visual communication, our students master the skills and research techniques needed for their future design professions through innovative, transdisciplinary methods. Our mission is to educate future designers to shape collaborations, synthesize complexity and catalyze transformation for public good. By engaging in dynamic and ongoing discourse about the future of design education, we aim to create a school that is more relevant, collaborative and equitable. Join us at Arizona State University and be part of creating the next generation of design. For more information on The Design School, visit

The Design School Interior Design Program is one of the flagship programs in the United States, and features a strong, diverse faculty and growing student enrollment. The Interior Design Program offers an acclaimed, four-year undergraduate program in interior design, accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Design degree. An online minor in Interior Design History is also offered. The professional graduate program, the Master of Interior Architecture, is also CIDA-accredited and growing in size and impact. It also supports two broader research programs, the Master of Science in Design and the Doctor of Philosophy in Design, Environment and the Arts. More information about the Interior Design Program can be found at Interior Design | The Design School ( .

Position Description

The Interior Design Program seeks a colleague who will help further the mission of ASU and The Design School. The successful candidate is expected to actively participate in the Bachelor of Science in Design, Master of Interior Architecture and Master of Science in Design degree programs with faculty, staff and stakeholders. The appointee will be expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate-level studio courses and lecture/seminar courses; mentor graduate student thesis projects; be an active presence in the school and the Phoenix design community; be involved in service to the Program and school; and pursue a research/creative activity agenda in an area related to interior design and/or interior architecture.

The Design School seeks candidates capable of growing dynamic and innovative degree programs, who can help attract new students and teach courses that support enrollment goals, increase research expenditures through grants and/or other research funding, enhance the diversity of the Institute, and connect and collaborate with designers, artists, and scholars across campus and in the community. Candidates should be dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion, in their teaching, service and/or research activities. Candidates should also demonstrate and uphold standards of teaching excellence.

Required Qualifications:

  • An accredited bachelor’s degree or international equivalent in interior design, interior architecture, or architecture; and a master’s degree or international equivalent in interior design, interior architecture, architecture or related field;
  • Minimum two years of experience teaching interior design/architecture studios and courses related to the applicant’s area of research and/or creative activities at the university level;
  • Demonstrated potential to develop and sustain a research agenda capable of achieving national or international recognition in an area that leads to an increase in the body of knowledge for interior design and/or interior architecture;
  • Demonstrated ability to instruct in multiple modalities, including online, in-person and hybrid to both an undergraduate and graduate audience; and
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in creative activity and research, teaching and/or service.

Desired Qualifications:

Preference will be given to individuals with:

  • Professional NCIDQ certification in interior design and/or registration/licensure in architecture;
  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in interior design or interior architecture;
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative practice;
  • Demonstrated experience developing skills in collaborative design practice and empathy as a core value;
  • Commitment to exploring the current and future role of interior architecture in environmentally and socially responsible design practices including public engagement;
  • Knowledge of sustainable design materials and practices, and demonstrated experience integrating these into curriculum and pedagogy;
  • Stated views and values that are aligned with our mission to be the most diverse and equitable design and arts school in the nation;   
  • Research and/or creative work that lives at the intersection of disciplines or across disciplines, either within the Institute or across campus;   
  • The ability to attract funding to support research or creative work; and
  • The ability to build and sustain community partnerships in equitable, ethical, and sustainable ways.  

 Instructions to Apply:

Please submit:

  • A letter of interest outlining qualifications for the position, research interests, and teaching experience.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A portfolio of personal creative work, including examples of work by students the candidate has taught. The committee will only review electronic submissions totaling 2GB or less in file size. Please note that website links to materials will not be accepted; all materials must be in PDF format.
  • Contact information for four references including name, e-mail address and telephone number.
  • A statement about diversity, equity and inclusion as it relates to your teaching and research endeavors.


All applications must be submitted electronically


Application Deadline:

The application deadline is January 18, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. The committee will only review electronic submissions totaling 2GB or less in file size.

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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