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Interior Design – Full-Time Faculty Position

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) invites applications for a full-time interior design faculty member. This position reports to the Chair of the Interior Design Department within the Undergraduate Studies Division. The faculty member is responsible for providing appropriate pedagogy to ensure student success in the field and assisting the Department Chair in expanding and growing the department. Rank and compensation are commensurate with qualifications and experience.        

Program Description

The Interior Design Department program teaches students to integrate the study of color, light, texture, and balance to create the ultimate environments for future clients. The classroom environment mirrors that of a working design studio. Students have an abundance of resources available to them, including a color and materials library, stocked with the most up-to-date design materials, donated from industry. Also available is a large-format plotter that allows students to explore different types of presentation and printing techniques, as well as Revit, the architectural software used by leading industry professionals. Sponsored project studios give students real-life experience working with clients. Additionally, the program is CIDA accredited. Its placement record is excellent.

Position Accountabilities and Essential Functions

  • Teach three classes per semester during the academic year, advise and serve as a mentor to students, and serve on various committees as needed;
  • The faculty member must have the ability to teach studio-based and lecture courses with an emphasis on drafting, space planning, FF&E specification, color and materials, and construction drawings for a wide range of commercial applications;
  • Experience in related fields such as exhibit design, visual merchandising and stage design are a plus;
  • Facility in using digital technology for design and proofing is necessary;
  • A commitment to sustainable design and social responsibility are additional requirements;
  • The faculty member works closely with the chair to improve and implement course content and to promote the program and its graduates on a national level;
  • Additional responsibilities include cultivating and maintaining strong relationships within the local and national interior design and architecture industries, and assisting with developing resources for the department; and
  • Continued professional activity and growth and service at the department, college, and professional community are also required. 

Qualifications and Experience

Applicants must possess a terminal degree (MFA or an equivalent degree) in interior design or a closely related field. Candidates with an undergraduate degree, substantial professional experience, and demonstrable skills may also be considered. Candidates are expected to be active, practicing professionals with a distinguished record in interior design or a closely related field. Applicants must demonstrate:

  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification highly desirable;
  • Minimum five years professional practice experience in corporate design (commercial office, healthcare, hospitality, etc.);
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, V-Ray, and Adobe Creative Suite software; and
  • College-level teaching experience.

About CCS

College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS has state-of-the art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 13 majors: Advertising Copywriting, Advertising Design, Entertainment Arts, Art Education, Crafts, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. A new BFA in Fashion Accessories Design will launch in fall 2015. It also offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design. These programs are based in a unique and dynamic interdisciplinary environment that provides students with the ideal educational setting; the success of the alumni validates the quality of the program. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top 3 design school in the US and the best in the Midwest based on alumni success.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired.  A cover letter, resume, statement of teaching philosophy, URL portfolio or DVD, and breakdown of professional work and samples of student work (if applicable) should be sent to: 

Interior Design department website

The College for Creative Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.