Working TitleInstructor of Interior Architecture and Design
Position LocationFort Collins, CO
Work LocationPosition is fully in-office/in-person
Proposed Annual Salary Range60,000-80,000
Colorado State University is not just a workplace; it’s a thriving community that’s transforming lives and improving the human condition through world-class teaching, research, and service. With a robust benefits package, collaborative atmosphere, commitment todiversity, equity and inclusion (https://inclusiveexcellence.colostate.edu/about/) , and focus on work-life balance, CSU is where you can thrive, grow, and make a lasting impact.
For detailed benefit plan information for eligible employees, visithttps://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/andhttps://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/.
For the total value of CSU benefits in addition to wages, visithttps://hr.colostate.edu/total-compensation-calculator/.
For more information about why Fort Collins is consistently ranked in the top cities to live in, visithttps://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-community/.
Description of Work Unit
Founded in 1870, Colorado State University is among the nation’s leading research universities and enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Located an hour north of the Denver metro area, Fort Collins is a vibrant community of approximately 157,000 residents that offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a large city. Fort Collins is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with views of 14,000 foot peaks, and offers access to numerous cultural, recreational, and outdoor opportunities.
One of eight academic units in the College of Health and Human Sciences, the Department of Design and Merchandising offers B.S. degrees in Apparel and Merchandising (AM) and in Interior Architecture and Design ( IAD ), and an M.S. in Design and Merchandising. Both undergraduate programs are nationally accredited; the AM program became the ‘first-in-the-nation’ program accredited by the Textile and Apparel Program Accreditation Commission in 2019 and the IAD program has been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation ( CIDA ) since 1990. The AM and IAD programs also received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design ( NASAD ) in May 2022 in partnership with the Department of Art and Art History.
The department’s mission is to achieve excellence in education and scholarship through community engagement, industry collaboration, creative exploration, and scientific inquiry. We are committed to advancing and fostering understanding of socially responsible conceptualization, design, adoption, and evaluation of processes, products, and environments that responsively enhance the human experience. As a research-one (R1), public land-grant university, Colorado State University holds an expectation of scholarship in creative, engaged, scientific work.
The department has 25 faculty as well as administrative professionals and staff who support approximately 700 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students. The department is housed in three buildings: the Nancy Richardson Design Center, which includes the DM main office and features classrooms, computer labs, a design library, and fabrication labs designed to foster innovative teaching and learning; the neighboring Gifford Building, which features classrooms, computer labs, construction labs, an exhibition gallery, a textile library, and textile science labs; and the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising, located in the University Center for the Arts. The Avenir Museum is a designated University Center that features exhibition galleries, a textile conservation lab, a classroom, and a library/conference room. The facility also is a repository for 25,000 historically and culturally significant items of dress, textiles, and interior artifacts representing regional, national, and international cultures. The Avenir Museum is under consideration for accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums. To learn more about the Department of Design and Merchandising (DM), please visit:https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/dm
Interior Architecture and Design Student-Centered Program Features:
Students regularly engage with industry professionals including field trips, networking events, and experiential learning opportunities with regional and national design firms.
Students select from a variety of diverse internship experiences to gain professional practice experience and fulfill requirements for graduation.
Students are immersed in learning the latest software (e.g., Revit, SketchUp, AutoCAD, Rhino, Adobe Creative Suite, virtual reality, etc.) to develop design expertise in visualization and digital fabrication.
Students are offered unique opportunities to study abroad and/or participate in national study tours through faculty-led programs.
Students partner with community stakeholders to engage in service learning through studio-based coursework.
Students participate in evidence-based design research opportunities, including studies on neurodesign, spatial perception, cognitive experience, and emerging technologies for design.
The Interior Architecture and Design Program prepares students for positions as entry-level designers and future leaders in the profession.
The following are examples of student achievement indicators.
American Society of Interior Designers ( ASID ) Student Chapter won the national “Chapter of the Year,” (2015, 2016, 2017, 2022; Finalist: 2018).
IIDA RMC BESTAwards, Student Award for Capstone project (2019, 2020, 2021, 2023).
Kravet, Inc. Crystal Award, sophomore student (2017 and 2018).
Durkan Carpet, Inc. Scholarship and Award (2018)
Interior Design Educators Council ( IDEC ) Student Design Competition: our undergraduate and graduate students consistently receive top awards at IDEC regional and national student design competitions
The Hospitality Industry Network ( NEWH ) Awards. Students have consistently received Rocky Mountain Region NEWH scholarship awards.
Students frequently receive awards for participation in university research and creative scholarship events, including the CSU Center for Undergraduate Research ( CURC ), Multicultural Undergraduate Research Art and Leadership Symposium ( MURALS ), and CHHS Research Day for their research-based service-learning design projects.
Students and recent graduates frequently achieve industry certifications such as LEED Accredited Professional (AP) and LEED Green Associate.
To learn more about theInterior Architecture and Design program, please visit:https://www.chhs.colostate.edu/dm/programs-and-degrees/b-s-in-interior-architecture-and-design/
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on03/18/2024
Number of Vacancies1-2
Desired Start Date
Position End Date
The Instructor of Interior Architecture and Design within the Department of Design and Merchandising in the College of Health and Human Sciences is a 9-month, full-time faculty position(s). Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Through strategic enrollment growth, this position will become a continuing appointment. A successful applicant will demonstrate a strong, collaborative work ethic, a willingness to support diverse program efforts as needed, and a dedication to the mission of the Department and College that reflects a commitment to sustainability and well-being.
1-2 positions with an August 2024 start date
Conditions of EmploymentPre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
Required Job Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years of industry experience in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, or related disciplines
Record of, or potential for, successful university teaching within the discipline
Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
Evidence of strong written communication skills
Preferred Job Qualifications
Master’s degree in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, or related disciplines
Professional credentialing: LEED AP, EDAC , and/or WELL AP
Evidence of interiors-focused professional practice experience
Evidence of ability to teach advanced commercial interior design studios
Demonstrated ability or potential to support program visibility nationally and internationally
Demonstrated competence with design technology (e.g., Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite, fabrication technologies.)
Evidence of knowledge in interior products and applications (e.g., furnishings, lighting, textiles)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit the following materials directly to this posting:
Letter of application
Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
Portfolio of professional creative work and teaching examples
Statement of teaching philosophy, addressing commitment to diversity, equity, & inclusion
List of three (3) professional references with postal and email addresses and telephone numbers
Applicants may learn more about this position and the University from chair Dr. Leah Scolere by email firstname.lastname@example.org by phone 970-491-2721, and from the Design & Merchandising home page athttp://www.chhs.colostate.edu/dm. Inquiries and initial applications will be treated confidentially. The Committee will notify candidates prior to making contact with references.
Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. TheOffice of Equal Opportunity (https://oeo.colostate.edu/) is located in 101 Student Services.
The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,email@example.com.
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,email@example.com.
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to theOffice of Civil Rights, Department of Education (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html) .
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Search ContactKaren Hyllegard, Karen.Hyllegard@colostate.edu
Job Duty CategoryTeaching and Advising
Teach required interior design studios, technology-based courses, other core undergraduate courses and/or internship (e.g., professional practice, codes, advanced lighting design, history/theory, interior products, among others.). Teach graduate courses in areas of expertise if needed.
Support undergraduate co-curricular learning opportunities- (e.g. student chapters of design organizations such as ASID & IIDA ; professional engagement, industry competitions, among others).
Contribute to undergraduate advising/mentoring.
Percentage Of Time90
Job Duty CategoryService
Collaborate with faculty on curriculum development, program accreditation, industry outreach, community engagement, and program sponsored activities.
Support service-learning and/or design build activities within curricular offerings; and
Serve on departmental, college, university, or professional committees.
Percentage Of Time10
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
Statement of Teaching Philosophy