Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, Interior Design Program

first_imgJob DescriptionThe Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture + Design,College of Architecture andUrban Studies, at Virginia Tech is seeking a motivated and engagedcolleague to join its facultyas a tenure track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor withan anticipated start date of August 10, 2021 for theFall Semester of the 2021-20222 academic year.Required QualificationsTerminal degree in Interior Design required such as PhD in InteriorDesign or Environmental Design, MFA or Master’s Degree inArchitecture or related field of study, by appointment startdate.Candidates should demonstrate an excellent body of work in design,as well as in teaching design studio and other courses across theInterior Design curriculum.Successful candidates should demonstrate a teaching style thateffectively integrates the learning experience of the design studiowith the program’s initiatives in areas such as user-centereddesign, interdisciplinary/collaborative design projects,research/evidence-based design education, sustainability andwellness, or three-dimensional modeling/digital fabrication.Candidate should have an established comfort with the tools andmethods involved in developing design experiences spanning bothphysical and digital media (Revit, Grasshopper, Rhino, VR,etc.).Preferred QualificationsThe NCIDQ credential is preferred.The PositionWe are looking for a creative and enthusiastic design practitionerwho wants to explore the state of the art and design in Interiorsand explore its boundaries as they transition to education andexplore/direct the future of the interior design profession.The primary responsibilities of this position will be to balanceteaching a design studio with a lecture course in the accreditedundergraduate Interior Design Program (BS.ID) each semester withthe development of an externally recognized agenda of research,scholarship and/or creative activity. The ideal candidate willcombine the development of a robust scholarship agenda with anunwavering passion for teaching students in a professional designcurriculum.Our Department is particularly interested in candidates with aprofessional background and a keen understanding of the elements ofour discipline who understands its changing social, technological,and aesthetic dimensions. A person with a commitment to a global,multi-cultural, and sustainable future in which Interior Design’srole will evolve to meet that reality would be especially welcomehere.Appointment to the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor orAssociate Professor carries with it, professional responsibilitiesin teaching/learning, research/discovery, andoutreach/engagement/service. Assistant and Associate Professors areexpected to practice innovative modes of teaching in accordancewith the School’s pedagogical traditions, integrating theirteaching activities with School, College and University ongoingresearch initiatives, scholarship, and creative activities; andengage in outreach and/or service work, including communityservice-learning projects, service to the profession, service tostudents through advising work, or service to the School, College,or University through participation on various committees,etc.We value cooperative engagement and have a community focus andcollaborative approach to faculty, student and peer interactionswithin and beyond the School of Architecture + Design.Application ProcessAll applicants must complete and submit the online facultyapplication at Virginia TechJobs . The search will remain open until the position isfilled, but to be assured full consideration, complete applicationsshould be submitted by February 15, 2021.Candidates also must submit a cover letter, a resume/curriculumvitae, a statement of the candidate’s approach to teaching, andthenames and contact information for three current references asattachments to the online application.In addition, candidates must provide supplemental materials withinthe application portal, including a portfolio with examples ofprofessional and/or creative work and of the work of studentstaught, samples of research and scholarship, a diversity statementand/or other pertinent information supporting theirapplication.The ProgramThe interior design program is focused on designing spaces forpeople. We spend over 90% of our time indoors (this was pre-COVID).Interior design education includes an emphasis on health andwellness in interiors. Our students create interior experiences forworking, living, and entertainment. To do this, our students mustknow how space impacts behavior. This means our students understandenvironmental psychology, materials (EPDs and LCAs), indoor airquality, acoustics, lighting, ergonomics, designing environmentsthat support human activity and other aspects related tointeriors.The focus of the program at VT has been around sustainability anddesigning for all people. Our curriculum includes projects forvaried socio-economic groups and cultures, Universal Designprojects, and holistically integrated sustainable design. Studentsknow about and use the Living Building Challenge WELL, and otherguidelines for interiors such as LEED ID + C. Interiors change onaverage every 10 years (much more frequently than new buildings arebuilt). Because of this our students must understand context andresource use and the responsibility of designers to know how tocreate safe, healthy, long lasting interiors. Beauty is an integralpart of this—if it is not beautiful, it will not last.Central to our approach is a belief that design can improve the waypeople live, work and play by providing atmospheres that promotethese activities and support human beings.We teach our students the value of research as a basis for interiordesign solutions. They learn to analyze case studies andprecedents, but also how to conduct programmatic research includinginterviews, surveys, and behavioral mapping. Students also dodemographic and cultural research to help them design solutionsappropriate to the people and place where the project is located.The learn to use peer-reviewed research pertinent to the projecttype as opposed to a normative approach based on past projects thatcan compound mistakes. They learn how to evaluate decisions basedon something besides their own opinion.The Interior Design ProgramThe Interior Design program has consistently been ranked in the topten by Design Intelligence since 2002. The Interior Design programis one of four programs housed in the School of Architecture +Design, which includes Architecture, Industrial Design andLandscapeArchitecture, and is one of four Schools in the College ofArchitecture and Urban Studies. Students and faculty in the programhave access to outstanding facilities and equipment, both digitaland analog, and each of our approximately 160 students over ourfour-year curriculum has their own desk in our open-studio setting.Applicants are expected to work collaboratively and encouraged towork across disciplines. New faculty will be expected to work withthe College and School in furthering key strategic initiatives inthe realization of the University’s Beyond Boundaries Vision andthe university-wide Destination Areas. Our graduates work in someof the best design firms in the country.Visit our webpage for a partial listing of firms where ourgraduates have worked or are working now.Interior Design atVirginia TechAppointment TypeRegularSalary InformationCommensurate with experienceReview DateFebruary 15, 2021Additional InformationThe successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction check.The position requires occasional travel to attend conferences andmeetings.About Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Roslyn Garrison at [email protected] during regular businesshours at least 10 business days prior to the event.About BlacksburgBlacksburg is home to 43,000 local residents. Because of the town’saward-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderateclimate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg isconsistently ranked among the country’s best places to live and hasearned areputation nationwide as a well-managed, stable, andforward-looking community. In 2016, 2012 and 2011, BloombergBusinessweek named Blacksburg the best place in the United Statesto raise children. Blacksburg has been ranked among the nation’sbest places to live by Blue Ridge Country Magazine, Men’s Journal,50 Best Small Southern Towns, The Sporting News, and RetirementPlaces Rated. Outside Magazine ranked Blacksburg a top-10 “dreamtown” for outdoors enthusiasts with natural resources for hiking,biking, whitewater rafting, and climbing.The broader area around Blacksburg is currently one of the fastestgrowing parts of the State and is connected to thriving artisanal,”farm to table” communities such as Floyd. Nearby Roanoke is agrowing city with expanding urban amenities as well as upcomingAmtrak rail connection to Washington DC, New York and Boston.Considerable investments in the local economy continue to make theregion increasingly popular for new businesses. Recently Roanokewas named a top 5 city for technology startups by EntrepreneurMagazine. Altogether, the region is also earning a reputation as ahub of work/ life balance.Advertised: January 15, 2021Applications close:last_img