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Instructional Assistant Professor-Interior Design

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Job No: 513830
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Instructional Assistant Professor-Interior Design

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: College of Applied Science and Technology

Department: Family and Consumer Sciences

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track position in the Interior Design sequence of the Family and Consumer Sciences program beginning on January 1, 2023. The expected appointment is 4 courses (12 credit hours) in the fall and 4 courses (12 credit hours) in the spring.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcomed to apply. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information

In March 2015, the interior design program was reaccredited for a term of six years by CIDA. We concluded our CIDA visit for re-accreditation in spring 2022. Given our recent enrollment growth, we have approximately 130 to 150 Interior Design undergraduate majors and 8 to 12 graduate students. Courses are taught within our studio spaces including a materials library and lighting lab in many areas of residential and commercial design. Students and faculty have the opportunity to participate in domestic and international study tours. In addition, the University's location allows interior design students and faculty easy access to architectural and interior design "Top 100" design firms in Chicago and St. Louis.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is one of six departments and two schools in the College of Applied Science and Technology ( The Department is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and offers five professional undergraduate programs [Fashion Design and Merchandising; Food, Nutrition and Dietetics; Human Development and Family Science; Interior Design; and FCS Teacher Education]. The department also offers a Master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with four sequences [Child Life; Fashion Design and Merchandising; Human Development and Family Science; Interior Design] and a Master’s degree in Nutrition with two sequences [Dietetic Internship; Nutrition] and a certificate [Distance Dietetic Internship]. The department also offers four accelerated master's sequences (combined bachelor's and master's) including an Interior Design sequence. The FCS Department houses four accredited programs including: undergraduate interior design (CIDA), undergraduate Teacher Education (NCATE), undergraduate DPD (ACEND), and a graduate Dietetic Internship (ACEND). The Department has approximately 525 undergraduate and 120 graduate students, 24 full-time and 4 part-time faculty, 2 full-time academic advisors, 2 civil service staff and an affiliated Child Care Center. The FCS department has a collegial collaborative atmosphere among faculty, staff and students.

Required Qualifications

(1) Applicants must hold a Master’s degree in Interior Design or closely related field.
(2) Candidates must demonstrate the potential to teach courses in interior design in one or more of the following areas: Technical drawing and construction with a focus on computer-aided drafting; 3D communication techniques in various software systems and hand drawing techniques; sustainable design; and design studio.
(3) Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in several digital software systems including AutoCAD, Sketchup, and Revit (or similar) and familiarity with building codes and regulatory compliance.
(4) Candidates must be able to demonstrate oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for this position, as mandated by state law.

Desired Qualifications

(1) NCIDQ certified or qualified for NCIDQ exam.
(2) At least one degree from a CIDA accredited interior design program.
(3) A broad background in interior design with expertise to teach in a range of areas at all levels of the curriculum.
(4) Expertise teaching software for design and construction including Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) and AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Revit.
(5) Previous professional design experience and university teaching experience both at the undergraduate and graduate level.
(6) Ability to contribute to the program regarding diversity and inclusion based on teaching or professional expertise.
(7) Active participation in relevant professional organizations at the state and national level.

Work Hours


Proposed Starting Date

January 1, 2023

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Applicant Documents

Letter of application describing experience and fit with the position
Curriculum vita
Reference List: Names and contact information for three references (name, address, telephone, and email)

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Contact Information for Applicants

Dr. Sally Arnett-Hartwick
[email protected]

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 07/18/2022 08:30 AM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled



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