Interior Design Program Director – Kent, OH, US | Works


Interior Design Program Director
Administrative -12 months with optional 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 is calling for nominations and nominations for its Accredited Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design (BA) Program Director CIDA. The successful candidate for this twelve month administrative role will lead the continued formulation and implementation of an ambitious vision for 21st century interior design education through creative collaboration with faculty and as a member. part of the CAED management team. We encourage applications from members of historically under-represented groups. Applicants must demonstrate effective academic leadership as well as exceptional education 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 of 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 studies and / or creative work disseminated in leading venues.

Once determined by the CAED faculty, the academic rank will be that of associate professor or full professor. The successful candidate should be able to provide evidence and qualifications in the areas of teaching, research and service commensurate with their rank and seniority.

About the Program, College, and University: Kent State University’s Interior Design Program is an integral part of a multidisciplinary college dedicated to design education that prepares graduates to lead in a profession and a rapidly changing world. The Interior Design program continues the teaching and practice of design excellence and the creation of interior spaces for human well-being. Our mission is to train 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 of “to be a community of change agents whose collective commitment to learning inspires epic reflection, a meaningful voice and invaluable results in improving our society.”

Opportunities for collaboration with undergraduate programs in architecture, architectural studies, construction management, and graduate programs in healthcare design, urban design, landscape architecture, as well as a research degree in architecture and environmental design abound. Partnerships with regional industries, substantial links with design practitioners, and campus relationships with other units including the very recent Design Innovation Initiative, the highly rated Kent State Fashion School and the School of Visual Communication Design, among other things, promote a culture of interdisciplinary teaching and research. Opportunities.

The interior design program has over 250 undergraduate specializations, collegial and vibrant faculty, including two “Most Admired Educators” by Design Intelligence. It was ranked 13th nationally for “Most Hired in Interior Design Schools”, also by Design Intelligence, and is actively developing a master’s degree. Infrastructure resources include a lighting laboratory, a fabrication lab (FabLab) equipped with woodworking tools, CNC milling machines, a metal fabrication, vacuum forming and robotics facility, a Augmented Robotics Design (RadLAB), the Joseph F. Morbito Architecture Library and a Comprehensive Hardware Library with a curated selection of Material ConneXion samples and other digital design resources. CAED programs offer strong travel study programs, including unique international one-semester programs in Florence and Paris for interior design students, as well as a series of workshops, lectures and events. ‘progressive exposures.

CAED’s 37 full-time faculty and administrators and over 1,150 undergraduate and graduate students occupy three primary locations: the 107,000-square-foot John Elliot LEED Platinum Center for Architecture and Design designed by Weiss / Manfredi located near downtown Kent; the newly renovated Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative on Playhouse Square in Cleveland; and 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 a thriving national research university in the heart of a thriving cultural and industrial region that is home to some of the best museums. art, parks, universities, restaurants, theaters, concert halls 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 College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Application process: Applicants should complete an online application at Kent State University’s employment site: (search by post 998024) and complete the online academic data form.

Applicants should also include:

  • Letter of Interest with a concise outline of the candidate’s vision for training, teaching, research / scholarship, program direction and research program in interior design.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Portfolio with evidence of research / scholarship, personal creative work and teaching, (e.g. course syllabuses and examples of student work) (provide link to PDF, max 10MB)
  • List of three references with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses
  • Statement describing the individual’s position and contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion in their research, teaching and / or service capacities.

Any questions can be sent to: Bill Willoughby, Chair, Interior Design Program Director Research Committee, @ [email protected] State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, 132 South Lincoln Street, Kent , OH 44242.

The review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021. A full review will be given to applicants who submitted their application before February 1, 2022.

Kent State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sect, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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