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Assistant Professor: Interior Architecture

San Diego State University
San Diego County, CA
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Nov 27, 2021

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San Diego State University seeks candidates for a tenure-track position within its Interior Architecture program. The successful applicant will partner with the program chair to develop a vision for the curriculum that enhances its status as a center of design research.


Qualified candidates will have a terminal degree in interior design, architecture or closely related discipline, college-level teaching experience, and be well versed in design theory, history, and criticism. Applicants should have the experience and skills necessary to deliver courses that draw upon research-based design, 2D/3D visualization, and fabrication technology. They will also be expected to develop a research agenda that advances the university's focus on community engagement and inter-disciplinary collaboration. CIDA accreditation process experience is preferred. Evidence of leadership in professional organizations and community service projects would be an advantage.

Faculty responsibilities typically include eighteen contact hours per week. The successful applicant will be required to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses in interior architecture, provide design and technological expertise, critical insight, and direct advanced undergraduate and graduate student research. Collaboration and coordination with part-time instructors is expected, as well as involvement in curriculum development. Faculty represent the School of Art and Design at community events, participate in service-oriented activities within the university community and the community-at-large, remain active in the profession and in appropriate professional organizations. Every faculty member is expected to assume a fair share of responsibility for non-classroom activities, in order to enhance the collegiality and effectiveness of the School, College, and University, and to promote the stature of SDSU in the community.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should apply via Interfolio: Applications should include
  • a cover letter summarizing the candidate's qualifications,
  • a professional and academic resume (CV),
  • examples of professional design work and scholarly or creative research,
  • examples of courses taught student work,
  • Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) descriptions,
  • and a statement of teaching philosophy.

Applicants should also demonstrate experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. We actively seek candidates with experience working with or mentoring students from under-represented communities. Candidates should address such experience in their application.

Review of applications will begin November 20, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions, please contact Kotaro Nakamura at:

Salary commensurate with experience.

San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation's Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

The School of Art and Design has 13 full-time faculty members and is part of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. Approximately 800 Art majors are currently enrolled in the School's undergraduate and graduate programs. The School offers the Bachelor's degree in Art with emphases in studio arts and design; the Master's and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Art with concentrations in studio arts and design; as well as Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Art History. See for more information.

The School is also committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parent. For more information about relocation or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable "OneSDSU" community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Architecture - Assistant Professor, Location: San Diego, CA - 92182
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