Associate/Assistant Professor – Design:Environmental and Interior Design

Syracuse, New York, United States

Job description

Job #:  073527

Location:  Main Campus

Pay Range:  Commensurate w/ Experience

FLSA Status: Exempt

Job Type:  Full-time

Job Description:
The School of Design within the College of Visual and Performing Arts invites applications for a full-time tenured/tenure track faculty position at the rank of associate/assistant professor to assume the role of program coordinator and faculty. Appointment begins August 2018.

The successful candidate would provide leadership for a well-established and accredited interior design program located in an innovative and collaborative design school and help create a strategic vision for innovative education as well as play an essential role in shaping the future of the program.

Candidates should have a strong track record in teaching, leadership and research/scholarly activity. He/she would promote the needs and aspirations of the program; oversee financial, personnel, instructional, and student relations; develop curriculum; lead accreditation efforts; teach undergraduate or graduate courses; participate in student advising and mentorship; conduct, publish, and disseminate research; foster relationships with alumni, industry and outside stakeholders.

The EDI program integrates a broad based academic and studio arts curriculum with the highest standards of professional practices from the business world through a wide range of appropriate teaching and learning strategies. This CIDA and NASADaccredited 4-year program is one of the leading programs in the Northeast with a ninety-two year history of excellence in design education. The 2014 Design Intelligence survey ranked the BFA in Environmental and Interior Design 8th in the country. The program has an impressive list of distinguished alumni who have risen to leadership positions in the field.

Students in the program are prepared for careers in the field of Environmental and Interior Design, either as specialists or generalists. The program balances the mastery of traditional studio and practical skills with the need to understand the impact of design practice on the user, the environment, and within broader socio-economical contexts. It encourages a critical approach to design, entrepreneurial thinking and creative problem solving. Faculty and students take full advantage of the many collaborative opportunities available in the broader university and can participate in international study abroad in England, Italy, and a variety of sites around the world.

The School of Design is an inquisitive and intelligent community of faculty and students who address issues in context. As a professionally-oriented academic unit in a large research university, the School is fully committed to forging bold, imaginative, reciprocal relationships with constituents who are local as well as global. With a long and distinguished history at Syracuse University, the School of Design currently offers several highly-ranked undergraduate programs, including: Industrial and Interaction Design; Environmental and Interior Design; Fashion Design; and Communications Design. The School also houses a graduate program in Museum Studies and an MFA in Design. Enrolling approximately 550 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, the School of Design occupies the Nancy Cantor Warehouse in downtown Syracuse.


  • Terminal degree in design or related field, Ph.D., MFA, MArch or equivalent;
  • Minimum three to five years teaching experience within interior design or other design related programs, with at least one to three years of administrative experience;
  • Strong record as a senior academic with a clear understanding of the imperatives of modern design education in terms of pedagogy, quality enhancement, student experience as well as enterprise and employability;
  • Excellent team working, verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated success in scholarly activity through research, interdisciplinary collaboration and creative activity based on a foundation of relevant professional practice;
  • Peer-reviewed external adjudication of creative/scholarly work.

Job Specific Qualifications:

  • Strong conceptual and design development skills as they pertain to EDI in both its traditional form as well as in emerging trends in the sector;
  • A strong career path in professional practice or academic positions in interior design or related fields;
  • Professional qualifications such as NCIDQ and LEED certification, membership in IDECEDRAASIDIIDA are preferable;
  • Strong understanding of the nature of interior design education, its delivery and its current issues.


  • Provide leadership to the EDI Program;
  • Oversee financial, personnel, instructional, and student relations;
  • Lead accreditation efforts;
  • Normally teach two courses per semester;
  • Participate in student advising and mentorship;
  • Pursue research and creative activities including professional practice relevant to EDI per the University’s expressed mission. The role is an opportunity to pursue and develop an already established research program in an exciting school context within a research university.
  • Actively engage in service activities for the program, school, university, community and professional organizations, including service on committees as needed.

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.


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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.