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Full-time Faculty Position in Interior Design, School of Art and Design

Fashion Institute of Technology
New York, New York, United States
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Teaching & Education
Full Time

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Job Description:

The Interior Design Department seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member with professional practice course expertise. The ideal candidate will be a highly experienced, innovative design professional who is currently, or has been actively, engaged in all phases of the interior/architectural design practice. The candidate will teach in the Professional Practice course area and Interior Design Studio sequences and should demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching, scholarly work, and professional practice.

The new faculty member will effectively communicate with students and guide them to achieve their educational goals. The successful candidate will contribute to the department, school, and college beyond the classroom with curriculum development and committee service.

Candidate must demonstrate a compelling track record of professional accomplishments related to interior design including but not limited to published peer-reviewed research and/or exhibited creative scholarship in juried exhibitions, publications, and/or competitions.

The successful candidate is expected to pursue continuing education and professional development to maintain and expand their existing personal body of academic research and/or professional artistic explorations.

Specific competencies sought as related to the position:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and the impact of the global nature of today's interior design education, industry, and profession.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of professional, ethical, and social responsibility.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and respect for racial, ethnic, religious, social, and gender diversity, and incorporate this into the pedagogical experience.
  • Develop students' awareness that different cultures have different customs, references, and preferences and that one solution is rarely appropriate for all people.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of design as it relates to broader social, cultural, economic, scientific, and technological forces.
  • Situate interior design within global cross-disciplinary discourse.

Instructional Design
  • Implement an academically rigorous experience by incorporating professional and business practices in classroom learning.
  • Demonstrate experience teaching various aspects of interior design, including the design process, color principles, lighting, acoustics, building systems, building codes and regulations, selection of furniture, fixtures, and equipment, drafting, and hand rendering, and proficiency in 2D and 3D visualization using different computer applications.
  • Demonstrate implementation of lectures and practical applications that enrich students' learning experience through innovative pedagogies, research, and/or creative scholarship.
  • Demonstrate design classroom and other learning experiences that foster critical thinking, problem-solving, information literacy, and creativity.
  • Demonstrate ability to work collaboratively on interdisciplinary projects with colleagues at the College and with external partners to develop shared projects and initiatives.
  • Demonstrate experience in developing or teaching a curriculum that addresses diversity in design by incorporating instructional variety to service students of different learning styles, abilities, demographics, and diversity.
  • Demonstrate execution of socially responsible and sustainable design projects that inspire a diverse student population.
  • Develop a variety of assessment methods for student work to capture various learning styles in the classroom.
  • Maintain strong connections within the industry to provide currency and to introduce and integrate new methodologies into the curriculum.

Learning Enrichment
  • Enrich their pedagogy and keep up with the continuously evolving professional world.
  • Demonstrate the ability to teach college-level design courses in both AAS and BFA levels incorporating multiple project types.
  • Demonstrate the ability to inspire interest, curiosity, creativity, and love of learning in students.
  • Utilize a variety of instructional delivery methods to foster critical thinking, design thinking, and creative problem-solving and team-building skills.
  • Demonstrate currency in the industry, and/or practices, including new technology, and the ability to incorporate those changes into a progressive curriculum.
  • Embrace the role of faculty as facilitators, mentors, and integrators of information and knowledge.
  • Embrace new forms of pedagogy including online teaching, blended classes, workshops, flipped classrooms and experiential learning.
  • Demonstrate the ability to support different student learning styles and abilities.

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the interior design industry, current practices, professional licensure (NCIDQ examination & Certified Interior Designer registration), and operations of a design practice ranging from small residential to large contract design firms.
  • Assist the department in conceptualizing its direction for the future and shaping and driving those changes by taking a leading role in developing the program and department's infrastructure.
  • Demonstrate a continued engagement in creative and/or scholarly work aligned to the interior design discipline and actively engage in professional, scholarly, and academic activities.
  • Demonstrate research ability, including a scholarly publication record and/or design achievements record (i.e., built work, competitions, exhibitions, and/or design awards).
  • Maintain active participation and engagement in industry-related activities that inform and enhance the discipline.
  • Maintain and foster a cultivated network of alumni and industry experts who will serve as a resource to connect students to interior design internships and continued leadership roles in professional associations such as ASID, IIDA, AIA, DLFNY, etc.
  • Understand and convey established and emerging interior design practices and their importance to FIT graduates.
  • Model professional behavior that prepares students for entry into related fields.
  • Demonstrate the ability to organize and lead departmental initiatives.

  • Utilize course management systems and demonstrate capability and currency in utilizing technology in the classroom/studio and emerging technology for the interior design industry.
  • Possess industry-specific technology skills and demonstrate effective utilization of technology in the interior design industry to deliver course material and convey practical learning experiences to students.
  • Demonstrate interest and commitment in areas of current and emerging technologies in the interior design industry.

The preceding description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required of the position; other duties may be assigned consistent with the classification of the position.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • A bachelor's degree with three (3) years teaching experience in in interior/architectural design in higher education.
  • Minimum six (6) years of senior-level full-time, current professional experience and engagement in the profession of interior design or related disciplines.
  • Candidates must demonstrate currency in their competencies by maintaining active industry licensure and certifications as recognized in their field or profession. The successful candidate will be required to have passed all three sections of the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) exam before applying for tenure.
  • Candidates must be affiliated with professional organizations and/or networks in their respective field or specialty.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • An MFA/MA/MS degree, interior design education, and NCIDQ certification.

Additional Information:

Please note, all offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of the background check process.


The final starting salary and appointment rank will be based on education level and cumulative experience; Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Salary Schedules pg. 72.

Instructor: $59,673- $69,524
Assistant Professor: $69,475- $102,388
Associate Professor: $81,317- $122,427
Professor: $99,159- $149,217

The College reserves the right to select one or more candidates after having been duly reviewed and presented to the President in conformance with the provisions of Article 15 of
the Collective Bargaining Agreement.


The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) provides comprehensive employee benefit programs designed to help keep our faculty and staff and their families healthy, safe, happy, and productive. Our programs also include a variety of components to help our employees improve the quality and balance of their work and family lives, and to help them prepare for their futures.
  • Retirement Plans
  • Health Care Plan and Dental Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Commuter Benefit Plan
  • FIT Tuition Exemption Program

For a full list of FIT benefits, visit our benefits webpage .

Pay Equity by State Employers

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at .

Visa Sponsorship

This position is eligible for visa sponsorship by the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual's ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.Inquiries regarding FIT's non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Chief Diversity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360, .

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements

This position will be required to constantly read and comprehend, occasionally perform calculations, constantly verbally communicate, frequently analyze, and constantly write. The working conditions for this position will be any combination of the classroom, lab, and/or office space. Certain roles may be required to handle machinery and chemicals. The physical requirement for this position will require occasional sitting, constant standing, occasional bending, frequent walking, and occasional lifting 10 lbs. or less.

Application Instructions:

In order to considered for this position, please submit the following documents online:
  • Letter of interest clearly indicating your qualifications for the position
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy Statement
  • Unofficial Transcript*
  • A minimum of three professional references, including names, titles, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact information.

*Official transcripts are required within the first 30 days of hire. Applicants with foreign degrees must submit a completed credential evaluation comparing their foreign academic accomplishments to standards in the U.S.

Returning Applicants - Login to your FITNYC Careers Account to check your submitted application materials.

This faculty position will begin Fall 2024. Review of applications will commence in Fall 2023 and continue until the position is filled, or until April 2024.

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding his or her application status.

Additional information about the Fashion Institute of Technology can be found at: .

About Fashion Institute of Technology:

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology, of the State University of New York, invites nominations and applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in the Interior Design Department of the School of Art and Design.

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for over 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers more than 45 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace.

With close ties to industry, FIT draws faculty from the city's art, business, and design elite, and from the rich academic community of the region. The college continually seeks creative faculty members who are passionate about their field and demonstrate exceptional professional capability in the core competencies of instruction design, learning enrichment, globalism, and use of technology, as well as mastery of established and emerging industry practices.

The mission of FIT's School of Art and Design is to educate the next generation of creative, socially responsible and globally relevant professionals able to succeed in the broad spectrum of art and design fields. The school challenges students to create new and valuable ideas through innovation, collaboration and experimentation.

The Interior Design Department prepares students for professional excellence in Interior Design through an exciting and rigorous design-based AAS and BFA curriculum, which includes a rich selection of liberal arts and related area courses. The proficiencies promote evidence-based design development and technical skills coupled with digital acumen. Faculty members are experienced and well-connected professionals who draw on industry and advisory board connections to provide students with the necessary associations and experiences for a successful FIT career and launch into interior design industry post-graduation.


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