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Instructor or Teaching Assistant Professor (Interior Design)

Apply now Department: 3670055020 Int Design & Fashion Studies
Job no: 508331
Work type: Academic / Faculty - 9 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Architecture / Construction, Education / Instructional
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, is currently seeking a 9-month Instructor or Teaching Assistant Professor to teach undergraduate studios and courses focused on construction and building systems using current computer-based software in the Interior Design (ID) Program. This position has the potential for promotion into an assistant professor tenure-track position for a qualified candidate.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Working in collaboration with the current ID faculty to participate in and lead studio and classroom instruction in a team-oriented curriculum
  • Assessment of student learning outcomes
  • Standard course management responsibilities (grading, maintaining syllabus, reporting grades, etc.)
  • Participate in regular faculty meetings as well as college and university events such as open house, student award ceremonies, student and alumni events, and commencement


This 9-month position at the rank of instructor or teaching assistant professor will start prior to August 2020, with competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience (for information regarding how benefits may apply to this position, please visit: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/docs/BenSummaryWhite.pdf).

Why Join Us:

The Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design has one of the nation’s leading Interior Design programs as ranked by Design Intelligence. Students in our program have received national and regional recognition of their work through design competitions and receive strong industry support from alumni and employers for student-to-professional networking and career opportunities. Our program has a proven record of success, as indicated by our 90% retention rate, 92% graduation rate and 93% post-graduation employment rate. The ID faculty approach design education as a team of engaged scholars who facilitate student success both in and out of the classroom. We believe truly meaningful interior design advances quality of life and promotes sustainability through holistic application of knowledge in human ecology to understand and improve the human condition. We hope our interior design students will become stewards of professionalism and ethical responsibility for social issues critical to the design practice.

The department offers B.S. degrees in Apparel and Textiles (with specializations in Apparel Design and Production or Apparel Marketing) and Interior Design. The graduate program offers resident Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Apparel and Textiles and a distance M.S. degree in Merchandising through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). The department has well-equipped design and research laboratories and is home to the KSU Historic Costume & Textile Museum. Department programs are accredited through the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the Textile and Apparel Programs Accreditation Commission (TAPAC), and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). For more information, visit our website at: https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/atid/.

The College of Health and Human Sciences is home to five departments (Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design; Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health; Hospitality Management; Kinesiology; and the School of Family Studies and Human Services) and three academic units (Interdisciplinary Program in Gerontology, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, and General Human Ecology Studies). The College enrolls more than 2,300 undergraduate and 400 graduate students and employs more than 115 full-time faculty members in teaching, research, and Extension positions (https://www.hhs.k-state.edu/). The College is committed to promoting research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery with a strategic and cohesive focus on health and human behavior.

Kansas State University is a distinguished public, land-grant institution renowned for the excellence of its faculty, students, staff, academic programs, research, and service. It is a three-campus system with the main campus located in Manhattan and the other campuses in Olathe and Salina. Online degree programs, professional development conferences and workshops, and enrichment classes and programs are offered through the K-State Global Campus. The university has an enrollment of more than 22,200 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. K-State was recognized by the Princeton Review as one of America’s best colleges and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S. The mission of K-State is to foster excellent teaching, research, extension, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community. K-State is also implementing an aggressive plan to become a top 50 public research university by 2025 (http://www.k-state.edu/2025).

K-State is centered on a 664 acre campus in Manhattan located 50 miles west of the state capital of Topeka and 125 miles west of Kansas City in the rolling Flint Hills. Manhattan provides access to a wide range of educational, cultural, medical, and recreational programs and facilities. The local economy is bolstered by K-State and its proximity to Fort Riley, a large U.S. Army installation, and is the future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:  Required qualifications can include the following combinations of education, licensure/certification and professional practice experience to be considered for the position:

  1. Master’s degree in Interior Design or closely related field (earned by the time of appointment, no later than August 2020) and a minimum three years of full-time professional interior design/architectural practice experience, OR
  2. First professional degree in Interior Design or closely related field, a minimum seven years of professional practice in the design field, active NCIDQ certification or professional license, and experience with university/college teaching

How to Apply:

To assure full consideration, please submit the following documents as a single PDF file:

  1. Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Statement of your design and teaching philosophy
  4. Statement highlighting your areas of expertise, scholarly work and future goals
  5. Contact information for three professional references


Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Migette L. Kaup (kaup@ksu.edu), or the department head, Barbara G. Anderson (barbara@ksu.edu; 785.532.6993).

Screening of Applications Begins:

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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