Assistant Professor of Interior Design

South Dakota State University

United States


The Interior Design Program in the School of Design at South Dakota State University seeks applicants for a nine-month, full time academic appointment. The successful candidate for this position will begin their faculty appointment at SDSU in August 2019 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


The mission of the Interior Design Program is to prepare graduates for professional practice through research-informed, design-thinking infused and practice-based projects and opportunities that will strengthen their rationale and creative thinking.

We are searching for a colleague who values collaboration, who is able to contribute at multiple levels of the undergraduate curriculum, and who is passionate about excellence in design. We seek an individual who supports our overarching goal to provide transformative learning opportunities to shape creative, rational, socially and environmentally responsible design professionals.


Teach undergraduate level studio, lecture and seminar courses; mentor students; participate in innovative teaching and curriculum development; and support ongoing CIDA and NASAD accreditation integration and documentation.


Develop a track record of peer-reviewed research, scholarship or creative activity. Dovetail efforts and outcomes into impactful teaching and learning experiences.


Engage in community through professional service; and participate in program, school and college governance.

• Terminal degree in Interior Design, or a first-professional degree in Interior Design with a terminal degree in an Allied Design discipline by start date.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Effective interpersonal skills.


• A proven record of research, scholarship and/or creative activity. 
• Ability to dovetail research and/or creative activity into impactful teaching and learning experiences.
• Ability to teach and engage across the undergraduate curriculum.
• Experience with the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) standards.
• Evidence of collaborative and cross-disciplinary teaching.
• Ability to contribute to and participate actively in the program.
• Record of service within the discipline.


This system guides you through the electronic application form. This employment site will require the attachment of: 
1) a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; 
2) curriculum vitae;
3) a statement of academic interest including a description of your ability to teach within the professional program (attached as ‘other document’); 
4) a list of three professional or academic references with appropriate contact information (name, position, phone, mailing and email address) and;
5) a portfolio (5MB max.) that includes professional, academic and/or research materials, and work by students taught in an academic setting (attached as ‘portfolio’) . An online link to a similarly formatted PDF portfolio is an acceptable alternative; the URL must be uploaded in place of the portfolio on the employment website.


Please contact SDSU Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

For inquiries regarding the Interior Design Program or the advertised faculty position, contact Angela McKillip, search committee chair at (605) 688-5551 or

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

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