Assistant Professor

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
17 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Working Title Assistant Professor Posting Number 201600299F Proposed Annual Salary Range Commensurate with experience Position Type Faculty Work Hours/Week 40 Description of Work Unit

The Department of Design and Merchandising embraces a vision of excellence in the tripartite activities of teaching, research, and outreach. The Department offers two academic majors, each leading to a Bachelor of Science degree: Apparel and Merchandising, (3 concentrations: Apparel Design and Production, Merchandising, and Product Development), and Interior Design (CIDA accredited). We also offer a Master of Science degree in two specializations: Apparel and Merchandising and Interior Design.

The Department of Design and Merchandising has 13 full-time faculty positions, tenure and non-tenure-track faculty, serving over 600 undergraduate students and 35 graduate students. The department is home to the Avenir Museum, a new facility with a repository of 20,000 historically and culturally significant items of dress, textiles and interior artifacts representing regional, national, and international cultures. With the recently announced 8.1 million donation, the new Richardson Design Center, will support a new state-of-the-art creative space to be constructed for students and faculty in programs across campus, including interior design, construction management, product development, landscape architecture, art, engineering, psychology, entrepreneurship and others. The interior design program will be housed in the new facility anticipated to be completed for January 2019. The program is also in the planning stages of an academic partnership with a university in China and anticipates the first student cohort on campus beginning fall 2019.

Tenure/Tenure Track? Yes % Research 25 % Teaching 60 % Service 15 % Administration 0 Open Posting Date Open Until Filled Yes To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/05/2016 Number of Vacancies 1 Desired Start Date 08/16/2017 Position End Date Position Summary

Applications and nominations are invited for the Interior Design Assistant Professor tenure-track position, Department of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University. This is a nine-month position, salary and rank commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Required Job Qualifications

• Earned PhD (required at start of appointment)
• Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design (or equivalent)
• Evidence of potential publication/exhibition and grantsmanship
• Evidence for potential program of research
• Evidence of successful teaching and learning
• Demonstrated competence with design technology

Preferred Job Qualifications

• NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certification
• Credentialing encompassing LEED AP, EDAC (Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification), and/or Well AP
• Evidence of professional practice experience
• Evidence of collaborative work
• Ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism through research, teaching, and outreach relevant to the department
• Ability to support international partnerships

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit the following materials directly to this posting
• letter of application addressing required and preferred requirements;
• curriculum vitae;
• copies of transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended;
• electronic portfolio of student and/or professional work;
• statement on program of research and teaching philosophy; and
• four (4) professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers

Applicants may learn more about this position and the University from Katharine Leigh, PhD, ID Search Chair by email to or by phone 970.491.5042, and from the Design & Merchandising home page at Inquiries will be treated confidentially. The Committee will notify candidates prior to making contact with references.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) 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. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

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 or expression, or pregnancy and 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/equal access/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. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Search Contact Dr. Katharine Leigh, 970-491-5042, Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching and Advising Duty/Responsibility

• Teach core design studios at the 2nd-4th year
• Provide curricular advising and career development advising for undergraduates and graduate students
• Additional course assignments supporting interior design program(s) of study

Percentage Of Time 60% Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

• Teach core design studios at the 2nd-4th year
• Provide curricular advising and career development advising for undergraduates and graduate students
• Additional course assignments supporting interior design program(s) of study

Percentage Of Time 25% Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

• Collaborate with faculty on curriculum development, industry outreach, and program sponsored activities
• Support service-learning activities within curricular offerings
• Serve on departmental, college, university, or professional committees

Percentage Of Time 15% References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 4 Maximum Requested 4 Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Statement of Research Philosophy
  6. Portfolio

Optional Documents