Interior Design Assistant/Associate Professor

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Nov 14, 2019
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Title Interior Design Assistant/Associate Professor Tenure Status Tenure Track Position Number 016531 Department Applied Design - 265310 Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must possess a terminal degree in Interior Design or a design-related discipline (Ph.D., MFA, M. Arch., or equivalent) with a minimum of one studio-based degree in Interior Design/Interior Architecture, and the following qualifications:

  • A demonstrated specialization in two or more of the following areas: rapid visualization (digital and manual), design thinking, codes and standards, evidence-based design, design psychology, ergonomics, and human factors.
  • Proficiency in the software programs: Autodesk Revit, Autodesk AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, MS Office Suite, and the Adobe Creative Suite.
Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)
  • Proficiency in the one or more of the following software programs: 3D Studio Max, 20/20, V-ray, ProWalker GPU, SU Podium.
  • Successful college/university teaching experience.
  • NCIDQ certification, LEED and/or WELL accreditation.
  • Engagement with the interior design profession and/or experience in professional practice.
  • Evidence of or potential for program or department administration.
  • Experience with CIDA accreditation review.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following interior project design types: Workplace, Healthcare and/or Education.
License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

The interior design program is a four-year, professional degree program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree. The program combines lecture and studio courses and is a balance of theoretical and pragmatic approaches with an emphasis on hands-on experiences in both labs and studios. Environmental responsibility in design is a focus of the program and is woven holistically throughout the curriculum. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation ( CIDA ) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design ( NASAD ).

The program has consistently earned top honors in national and international competitions such as the Eaton’s SOURCE Award and the PAVE retail competition. Students are required to complete an internship between the third and fourth years, which often leads to full-time employment. Alumni work in all aspects of the interior design industry—primarily in the Southeast and East Coast as well as many other states and several countries. Interior Design at Appalachian State was recently ranked as a DesignIntelligence 2018 “Top 25 Most Admired” program. The report recognized the program among the top ten in the nation in three of the “12 Focus Areas”: Project Planning and Management, Practice Management, and Sustainable Built Environments/ Adaptive Design/Resilient Design.

The Department of Applied Design, offers three NASAD accredited undergraduate majors with 500 students: Apparel Design and Merchandising, Industrial Design with concentrations in Furniture and Product Design, and Interior Design. Applied Design includes design studios, 12,000 square feet of prototyping studios, computer labs and designated classrooms. Applied Design’s 16 tenure-track and full-time faculty focus on enhancing human experience through design. Students acquire the skills necessary to envision solutions from concept to prototypes through experiential learning. Students are required to complete one internship. Alumni occupy diverse professional positions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Teach courses in the Interior Design program; participate in program development, CIDA accreditation, and departmental and university committee work; advise students; produce an active agenda of scholarly or creative work in the field of interior design; and develop and maintain high-quality studio resources.

As a part of the COVID -19 response, Appalachian State University is employing flexible teaching formats to address academic needs and to comply with local, state and federal public health regulations or orders. Your deans retain the discretion to assign or reassign you to teach in either online or in-person formats during or after the COVID -19 pandemic, as necessary.

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of a professional position at the university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Suggested Salary Range Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application includes:
1) A letter of application addressing duties and qualifications
2) Philosophy of teaching statement
3) Current vitae
4) Copy of transcripts
5) Complete contact information of three professional references
6) Portfolios of professional design work and student work from classes you have taught are required (not to exceed 9MB)
7) A portfolio of scholarly/creative endeavors is recommended

Please note this search is on hold due to COVID -19. At this time, the search has not been cancelled, but we will not be allowed to proceed with the selection process at this time. We will keep your application materials in the system and will be in touch when we have additional information. The Proposed Date of Hire is TBD .

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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