Assistant Professor-Design

Syracuse, New York, United States

Job description

Job #:

Main Campus

Pay Range:
Commensurate w/ Experience

FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Type:


Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code:
Not Applicable

Job Description:
The School of Design within the College of Visual and Performing Arts invites applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. Appointment to begin August 2018.

The School of Design is home to programs that offer BFAs in Fashion, Environmental + Interior and Communications Design, a BID in Industrial + Interactive Design as well as an MA in Museum Studies and an MFA in Design. In 2015 the School of Design introduced a dedicated first year experience that provides a focused design studio-based education critical to the development of multidisciplinary practice and a solid understanding of the fundamental elements of the design disciplines. To enhance our current offerings, we are developing a new undergraduate BS in Design. This will provide a counterpoint offer to the other BFA/BIDofferings, allowing students to curate a multidisciplinary course of study while at the same time fully leveraging all that the University has to offer.

We are very proud of our nearly 100-year heritage of teaching in the focused design disciplines we offer and at the same time recognize the reality that such disciplinary boundaries are increasingly permeable and to be successful, designers need to have deep discipline knowledge and a broad range of relevant skills and experience across the creative spectrum.

With this need in mind, the School seeks an enthusiastic multidisciplinary design educator on a tenure track appointment who has skills and expertise across two or more of the disciplinary areas in the School, including those areas that are relevant to all disciplines such as rapid manufacturing, digital content creation or entrepreneurial practice. We also recognize that it is important that designers are able to contextualize their practice with theory as well a historical precedent; it would be desirable if applicants were to bring the skills, experience, and ability to teach classes in both studio practice as well as contextual history and theory.

A terminal degree, teaching experience and professional practice relevant to design.

Job Specific Qualifications:
Teaching and advising experience in design studio, history and theory, complemented by professional practice and an established research focus.

The successful candidate will conduct research; teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level across the required and elective curriculum in the School of Design; and service to the school, college and university including help with student advising, student learning outcomes and assessment, and community engagement.

About The College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thought and action. To learn more about the college, our distinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websites at

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.

How to apply

For full consideration, submit the following materials online: a letter of application, Curriculum Vitae, portfolio website URL to personal and student work, and contact information for three references.

Files may be no larger than 5MB, however, you may submit an external link to a larger file if needed.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

From its founding in 1870, Syracuse University has been the embodiment of Scholarship in Action—education that transcends traditional boundaries through a combination of innovative thinking, daring choices and entrepreneurial attitude. Our iconic campus is nestled amongst the rolling hills of Central New York—itself a crucible of historic change and progress.