Tenure Track Faculty - Specialist in Interior Design Practices (532730)

  • CSU, Sacramento
  • Sacramento, California
  • Aug 24, 2023
Full Time Education and Training

Job Description


COLLEGE: Arts & Letters


POSITION TITLE: Tenure Track Faculty - Specialist in Interior Design Practices


The Department of Design invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of Interior Design/Interior Architecture at the Assistant Professor rank. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture is one of four degrees alongside the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Photography, Graphic Design, and Interior Architecture, and the Bachelor in Design Studies, which form the Department of Design housed in the College of Arts & Letters. The Department has 16 full-time faculty members who serve approximately 715 students, which include 31% percent first-generation and 44% percent underrepresented minorities. The Department thrives with its diverse student population, faculty, and strong industry and alumni support.

We welcome candidates whose scholarship, classroom, and/or community practices enrich our university's imperatives of anti-racism and inclusivity. We seek candidates dedicated to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population, designing inclusive courses, and forging collaborative relationships across disciplines.

Applicants are encouraged to include aspects about the position that are outside the typical norms for tenure-track faculty, including non-academic professional experience, experience facilitating workshops, and expert certifications.


This is a probationary, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialty in interior design practices starting in Fall 2024. We invite candidates with academic training and professional experience in Interior Design Practices who can integrate innovative pedagogy in studios and lecture courses at the undergraduate level. We seek candidates who will be dedicated to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population, designing inclusive courses, and forging collaborative relationships across disciplines. Sacramento State prides itself on the diversity of our community and encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups.

Within the rank of Assistant Professor, starting salary will depend upon qualifications, professional experience, educational preparation, university-level teaching experience, and record of scholarship and service.

The classification annual salary range for this position is $64,860 - $143,928; the anticipated annual starting salary is $74,642.

  • Effectively teach 12 units of undergraduate lecture/studio courses per semester. This equates to 6-8 classes per academic year. Teach courses in interior lighting, interior FFE, interior materials and methods, interior design professional practice, and interior architecture design studio.
  • Effectively teach courses that incorporate best practices on inclusive and equitable teaching and demonstrate measurable impacts on the department’s student success metrics, including, among other aspects of student success, graduation rates, opportunity gaps (e.g., differing grad rates), and course success rates (e.g., disparate DWF rates in many courses.)
  • Contribute to the development of the BFA in Interior Architecture degree by developing new modalities of thinking that can be used to build a framework for anti-racism and gender diversity in our critical and practical dialogue that translates to tangible pedagogical and curricular development and change.
  • Assist in academic advising, mentoring, and recruitment of students.
  • Develop and engage in scholarly activities, including applied research and externally funded projects.
  • Work cooperatively with faculty colleagues on department, college, and university-wide initiatives and committees.
  • Provide service to the institution and community, as Sacramento State strives to serve as an Anchor Institution to the surrounding community.



Any of the following may meet education requirements:
  • An earned Master of Arts in Interior Design or Master of Arts in Interior Architecture or Master of Interior Architecture.
  • An earned Master of Architecture with demonstrated experience or professional certifications or published research in the areas of interior design/interior architecture.
  • An earned Master or Ph.D. in a closely related field with demonstrated experience or professional certifications or published research in the subject matter of interior design/interior architecture.

Special Knowledge and Abilities:
  • A professional or academic background in the knowledge and skill sets related to interior design practice and a commitment and ability to provide quality teaching, measured by past teaching, research, or coursework, is required.
  • Candidate should demonstrate an awareness of best practices in equitable and diverse scholarly environments with diverse students and colleagues and inclusive classrooms.
  • Academic or professional work or community service that demonstrates an ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues.


The department reminds applicants that only the required qualifications must be met to apply. All applicants who meet the required qualifications will be considered.

The ideal candidate will also have:
  • College or university-level teaching experience.
  • College or university-level program development experience.
  • Experience teaching students of diverse racial, ethnic, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds and experiences.
  • Experience using innovative teaching strategies to foster inclusive and equitable student success.
  • Experience with providing academic and career advising.
  • A record of scholarship or professional experience in interior design/interior architecture.
  • A record of published scholarship or professional experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion within the interior design/interior architecture or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated potential for collaborative and cross-disciplinary scholarship.
  • Demonstrated potential for community engagement.


Review of applications will begin January 15, 2024, and the position will remain open until filled.
  • A one-page letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position.
  • Current curriculum vita.
  • Unofficial transcripts of your highest degree (official transcripts will be required if a campus interview is scheduled).
  • Inclusive Excellence - A maximum one-page statement describing your individual commitment to diversity and inclusion, how the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion have been or will be brought into coursework, and your academic responsibilities of teaching, scholarship, creative activity, and service.
  • Scholarly and Creative Research - A maximum one-page statement of research interests.
  • Teaching Philosophy - A maximum one-page statement of teaching interests addressing preparation to teach and mentor at the college level and to incorporate diverse perspectives across all courses taught. If applicable, please include a table listing teaching experience with a column for each of the following: (a) the title and number of each course taught, (b) the semester and year you taught the course, (c) the name of the institution where you taught the course, (d) the approximate number of students enrolled in the course, (e) your role in the course (e.g., instructor of record, teaching assistant, etc.), (f) the course format (e.g., traditional, hybrid, online), and (g) the level of the course (e.g., undergraduate or graduate).
  • Potential for Teaching (Portfolio) - Submit samples showcasing your potential for teaching as a single PDF file with no more than 20 examples. Add links in the PDF for multi-media examples. Samples can be work from your own academic or professional experience or samples of student work.
    • For video/audio works, up to two can be full duration. The rest must be excerpts with a 1-minute duration. The total number of examples, including images and media links, may not exceed 20. Include an annotated list of the examples at the beginning of the PDF.

SEMI-FINALISTS will be invited to participate in a 45-minute Zoom interview.

FINALISTS will be invited to an on-campus day of activities that include a 60-minute in-person interview. FINALISTS will be asked to provide the following upon notification of their status, which must be received by April 1, 2024.
  • A current letter of recommendation (within the last three years) from a professional contact or faculty adviser.
  • Two (2) additional academic/professional reference contacts in the form of name, email, and telephone information that will speak to your qualifications.

Please direct questions to the Faculty Search Committee Chair, Carolyn Gibbs, at carolyng@csus.edu.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

“As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success ; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity ; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion ; resource development and sustainability ; dedicated community engagement , and wellness and safety .

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code , Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit https://www.csus.edu/administration-business-affairs/human-resources/benefits/reasonable-accomodation.html .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit https://www.csus.edu/administration-business-affairs/human-resources/learning-development/csu-learn.html .

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Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at https://www.csus.edu/clery .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy , it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications.

Out of State Employment

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Eligibility Verification

Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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