Assistant/Associate Professor Interior Design

  • South Dakota State University, School of Design
  • Brookings, SD, USA
  • Nov 08, 2021
Full time Design (all areas)

Job Description


Assistant / Associate Professor Interior Design

School of Design

South Dakota State University


The South Dakota State University School of Design invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Interior Design to begin no later than August 2022. This is a full time, nine-month, benefit eligible appointment and the position reports to the Director of the School of Design. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, men, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

The School of Design is seeking applicants for positions in all three of the accredited built environment majors: architecture, landscape architecture and interior design. The School of Design also includes the visual arts:  graphic design, and studio arts. Collectively, School faculty form a collaborative teaching and research environment that values cross-program and interdisciplinary initiatives. The successful candidate will contribute to building national and international stature and recognition for the discipline, School and University.

SDSU offers a 4 year CIDA accredited Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree. The mission of Interior Design is to prepare graduates for professional practice or advanced study in interior design through research informed, design thinking infused and practice-based projects and opportunities.


  • Teaching courses within the professional curriculum, such as design studios, lectures, seminars, and workshops.
  • Carrying out a dynamic and robust agenda of research, scholarship and creative activity.
  • Providing service to the discipline, university, and community.
  • Teaching in multi-disciplinary courses within the School of Design. 


Interior design, construction, products and materials, environmental systems, codes and regulations, and professional practices.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


  • Professional degree in Interior Design from a CIDA accredited institution or international equivalent by time of appointment.
  • Terminal degree (Masters or PhD) in Interior Design or related field or international equivalent by time of appointment.
  • Potential to develop and teach academic coursework in one or more of the disciplinary content areas.
  • Potential to develop a strong peer-reviewed research/scholarship/creative activity agenda in the discipline.
  • Effective written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


  • PhD in Interior Design or a related field by time of appointment.
  • Professional NCIDQ certification.
  • Professional experience in Interior Design or a related design field in the US.
  • Record of peer-reviewed research/scholarship/creative activity.
  • Record of extending research/scholarship/creative activity agenda into the teaching environment.
  • Record of service within the discipline and/or profession. 


Commensurate with qualifications.

Application Details


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave.  Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. SDSU is a thriving and growing research land-grant university with a rich tradition of hands-on learning and material practice. The University is set in a rich regional fabric of small communities eager to embrace innovative and smart design practice and culture. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

South Dakota State University is located in Brookings, a beautiful college town of about 24,000 residents.  Brookings is 4.5 hours west of Minneapolis and 3 hours south of Fargo. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.  The Brookings Public School District ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by December 15, 2021.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system guides you through the electronic application form. This employment site will require the attachment of 1) a cover letter including a statement of academic interest and description of ability to teach within the professional discipline, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of scholarly research and creative activity agenda (attach as other), 4) three professional or academic references with appropriate contact information (name, position, phone, mailing and email address), and 5) a portfolio (25 page max. and 10MB max.) that demonstrates research, scholarship, teaching and/or service activity related to the position qualifications. An online link to a similarly formatted PDF portfolio is an acceptable alternative; the URL must be uploaded in place of the portfolio on the employment website. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.  

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.  

It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students.  This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For inquiries regarding the faculty position, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Leda Cempellin at (605) 688-4103 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students.  Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or any other status that may become protected in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities.  Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact:  Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD  57007.  Phone: (605) 688-4128.


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