Interior Design Program Director

Administrative -12 mo. with Faculty Rank
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
[Job #998024]
Kent Campus – Kent, OH

Opportunity: The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at Kent State University invites applications and nominations for its CIDA accredited Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design (B.A.) Program Director. The successful candidate for this twelve-month administrative position will lead in the ongoing formulation and implementation of an ambitious vision for 21st-century interior design education through creative collaboration with faculty and as an integral member of the CAED’s leadership team. We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented groups. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of effective academic leadership along with exceptional teaching in Interior Design and research and/or creative work.

Minimum Requirements: a master’s degree in interior design or a related field, or the foreign equivalent; four years related experience in university teaching, experimental design practice and/or innovative research; an established network of professional collaborators and a national or international reputation based on peer-reviewed scholarship and/or creative work disseminated in leading venues.

Upon determination by CAED faculty, academic rank will be at the tenured Associate Professor or Professor level. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence and qualifications in the areas of teaching, research, and service that are commensurate with rank and tenure.

About the Program, College, 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 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 offers robust travel-study programs, including unique international 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, and 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 998024) 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, teaching, research/scholarship, program leadership, and personal design research agenda.
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Portfolio with evidence of research/scholarship, personal creative work and teaching, (e.g. course syllabi and examples of student work) (provide a link to a PDF, max 10Mb.)
4) List of three references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses
5) Statement outlining the individual’s position and contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in their research, teaching and/or service capacities.

Any questions may be sent to: Bill Willoughby, Chair, Interior Design Program Director Search Committee, @ 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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