Job Details

California State University, Fresno
  • Position Number: 2001980
  • Location: Fresno, CA
  • Position Type: Fine and Applied Arts - Interior Design

Interior Design - Assistant Professor

Job No: 496766
Work Type: Instructional Faculty Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Faculty - Letters/Humanities, Probationary, Full Time

California State University, Fresno
College of Arts & Humanities
Department of Art & Design

Title: Interior Design

Rank: Assistant Professor

Status: Tenure Track

Start: Fall 2021 (August 2021)

California State University, Fresno invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Interior Design Program at the rank of Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will teach and develop an extensive research/professional agenda in at least two of the following areas: (a) professional business practices; (b) building environmental systems and integration, standards and codes; (c) material specifications and coordination; (d) project coordination, construction documentation, and administration; (e) lighting, daylighting, and sustainability; (f) Revit/BIM, Rhino and/or 3D Max. The successful candidate will participate in teaching beginning and advanced design studios, space planning, digital programs, graphic and rendering techniques, among other courses, as the need arises. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to produce a body of work that contributes substantially to the advancement of the program's mission and vision. Other responsibilities include advising undergraduate students, participating in program development and accreditation, rendering service to the University (at various levels), the profession, and/or the community. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students: California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Our Department: Since its foundation in 1970, the Interior Design Program at California State University, Fresno has been home to a diverse body of talented, ambitious, and creative students whose professional accomplishments are nationally and internationally recognized today. The program offers the undergraduate a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design degree. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Education (CIDA), and currently enrolls approximately 90 students. Central to the Program's mission is a commitment to design excellence that draws from the field's rich and complex body of knowledge. With a strong foundation in liberal arts and the humanities, the program's curriculum bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes a culture of engagement and service-learning. A carefully designed sequence of studios lies at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. Students begin by learning the foundations of art/design, the principles of form making, and the methods of space construction. As they move to upper division studios, they explore the complex interaction of people, buildings and spaces, indoor and outdoor, at various scales, in different contexts and environments. Along the way, students develop and hone their competencies in programming, schematics, environmental systems and controls, building codes, construction documents and administration, computer-aided graphics and fabrication, visual communication, sustainable design and adaptive reuse, and human and environmental behavior.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):
  1. MA, MFA Interior Design.

Required Experience:
  1. Demonstrated commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds;
  2. Two years minimum of demonstrated record of professional work as an Interior Designer and teaching experience in at least two of the following areas: (a) healthcare design; (b) historic preservation; (c) furniture & product design; (d) materials, textiles and specifications;
  3. NCIDQ Certification or ability to achieve certification within two years of employment;
  4. Demonstrated ability to motivate students to think creatively and critically;
  5. Effective communication skills.

Preferred Experience:
  1. NCIDQ Certification;
  2. Two years of professional work experience in Interior Design in more than two of the four areas identified above, and/or in other fields of expertise, especially lighting design, building codes, and environmental systems;
  3. Two years of teaching experience at a CIDA accredited institution (Graduate Teaching Assistantship is acceptable);
  4. Experience with CIDA accreditation, site visits, and documentation;
  5. Evidence of productive research/scholarship in interior design, especially in the areas identified above;
  6. Demonstrated experience and success in interior design as a multidisciplinary field that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts and humanities, globally focused, socially engaged and committed to environmental stewardship and cultural diversity;
  7. Demonstrated record of acquiring grants and publicly/privately fundedscholarship, and;
  8. Working knowledge and experience using industry-standard design software, including Autodesk/AutoCAD/Revit/3D Max, Rhino and Adobe Suite.

Application Procedures: Review of applications will begin August 17, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. This position automatically closes May 1, 2019. Apply online at:

Please attach the following:
  1. Cover letter addressing qualifications and experience;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Statements of teaching and research philosophy (2 pages max for each);
  4. Representative examples of peerreviewed publications (PDF format required);
  5. A portfolio of student and professional practice work (minimum 10 pages each; PDF format required or link to website);
  6. Name and current contact information (mailing address, email address, and phone number) of at least three professional references;
  7. Unofficial transcripts;
  8. A statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by the designated deadline when requested. The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:
  1. Three current letters of recommendation (dated within the last 12 months)
  2. Official transcripts

Contact Information:

Search Chair: Assist. Prof. Holly Sowles, Search Chair
Department of Art & Design
College of Arts & Humanities
5225 N. Backer Avenue, M/S CA65, Fresno, CA 937408001

About Fresno State:

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, please visit The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions, and ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

Other Campus Information:

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A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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