Interior Design, Assistant Professor

Faculty Tenure Track-9 Month
College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED)
[Job #987400]
Kent Campus – Kent, OH

Opportunity: The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at Kent State University invites applicants with primary expertise in design and design pedagogy for a full-time, Interior Design tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor rank. Secondary expertise may be in digital techniques and/or making, building systems, sustainability, activist practice, lighting and/or acoustics. We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented groups. The college is interested in candidates who possess a clear and active research agenda that is highlighted by peer recognition, demonstrable capacity for design studio instruction, and who will contribute to the advancement of the interior design discipline. The successful candidate is expected to conduct research in their area of expertise and to demonstrate capacity to integrate their research, creative work and/or professional practice into their teaching. Teaching responsibilities will include instruction in studio, seminar, and/or lecture settings within the Interior Design program.

Minimum Requirements: At least one professional degree in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, or a related field; a graduate degree at the master’s level or above in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, or a related field, or the foreign degree equivalent; demonstrated professional and/or scholarly commitment to Interior Design.

Appointment, Rank and Salary: The position is a nine-month appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Compensation includes a comprehensive benefits package and is competitive. The anticipated start date is August 2022.

About the Program and University: The Interior Design program at Kent State University is an integral part of a multidisciplinary college dedicated to design education that prepares graduates to lead in a rapidly changing profession and world. The Interior Design program pursues the teaching and practice of design excellence and the making of interior spaces for human well-being. Our mission is to educate highly skilled and empathetic interior designers through a diverse curriculum that emphasizes research, creativity, professionalism, and leadership in an era of social, environmental, and technological change. This mission aligns with Kent State’s vision to “To be a community of change agents whose collective commitment to learning sparks epic thinking, meaningful voice and invaluable outcomes to better our society.”

Opportunities for collaboration with undergraduate programs of architecture, architectural studies, construction management, and graduate programs in healthcare design, urban design, landscape architecture, as well a research degree in architecture and environmental design abound. Partnerships with regional industries, substantial ties to design practitioners and campus relationships with other units including the recently founded Design Innovation Initiative, Kent State’s highly ranked Fashion School, and The School of Visual Communication Design among others, further a culture of cross disciplinary teaching and research opportunities.

The Interior Design program has 250+ undergraduate majors, a collegial and dynamic faculty including two “Most Admired Educators” by Design Intelligence. It was nationally ranked 13th for “Most Hired from Interior Design Schools”, also by Design Intelligence, and is actively developing a master’s degree. Infrastructural resources include a Lighting Lab, Fabrication Lab (FabLab) equipped with woodworking tools, CNC mills, a metal fabrication facility, vacuum forming and robotics, a Robotically Augmented Design Lab (RadLAB), the Joseph F. Morbito Architecture Library, and a Materials Library complete with a curated selection of Material ConneXion samples and other digital design assets. The CAED programs offer unique international study opportunities including semester long programs in Florence and Paris for Interior Design students, and a progressive workshop, lecture, and exhibition series.

The CAED's 37 full-time faculty and administrators and over 1150 undergraduate and graduate students occupy three primary locations: the LEED Platinum 107,000 sq. ft. John Elliot Center for Architecture and Design designed by Weiss/Manfredi situated near downtown Kent; the recently renovated Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square; and the Palazzo Vettori in the historic center of Florence, Italy. Located midway between New York and Chicago in the Cleveland/Akron metro area, Kent State University is an ascending national research university in the heart of a burgeoning cultural and industrial region that is home to some of the world’s finest art museums, parks, universities, restaurants, theaters, music venues, and independent cinemas. These include recent buildings and landscapes designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au, James Corner, Frank Gehry, Farshid Moussavi, NADAAA, Laurie Olin, Stanley Saitowitz, and Rafael Viñoly, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Playhouse Square, Akron Art Museum to name a few. See the following websites for more information on Kent State University and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Application Process: Applicants are required to complete an online application on the Kent State University job site: (search by position 987400) and complete the online academic data form.

Applicants should also include:
1) Letter of interest with a concise overview of the candidate’s vision for interior design education, a teaching statement, design research agenda and research/scholarship/creative practice statement.
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Portfolio with evidence of research/scholarship, personal creative work, and teaching, (e.g., course syllabi and examples of student work - link to a pdf portfolio, 10Mb max)
4) List of three references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses
5) Statement outlining the individual’s position and/or contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in their research, teaching and/or service.

Any questions may be sent to: Associate Professor Ronn Daniel, Chair, Interior Design Faculty Search Committee, @ Kent State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, 132 South Lincoln Street, Kent, OH 44242.
Review of candidates will begin December 15, 2021. Full consideration will be given to candidates who have submitted by February 1, 2022.
Kent State University is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sec, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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