Visiting Professor, Interior Architecture

  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Chicago, IL
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Design (all areas)

Job Description

Columbia College Chicago actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion as vitally important to its present and future success. These principles are essential to the educational experiences of our students, staff, and faculty.

The Design Department of Columbia College Chicago seeks applicants for a full-time one-year faculty position in Interior Architecture beginning August 16th 2022.

The Design Department has approximately 700 majors, 200 minors, 16 fulltime faculty, over 60 adjunct faculty, and 15 staff. The Department offers BA degrees in Graphic Design, and Illustration, and BFA degrees in Illustration, Graphic Design, and Interior Architecture.

The Interior Architecture program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The primary responsibility of this position is to teach design studio coursework in the undergraduate Interior Architecture program each semester, plus one or more required lecture/seminar courses in areas related to commercial interior design.

Responsibilities include: teaching 3 courses per semester (9 cr load each semester), mentoring students and participating in curriculum development, CIDA accreditation activities, and limited committee service in the department.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the overall learning environment in the School, through occasional school-wide faculty lectures, informal discussions with students, staff, and faculty, outreach opportunities, etc.

In addition to expertise in their field, successful candidates must exhibit excellent teaching and scholarly credentials and be passionate about undergraduate.

The School of Fine and Performing Arts (SFPA) houses academic programs in visual arts, performing arts, and business, entrepreneurship, and marketing. Home to more than 110 full-time faculty and over 3,000 students, the SFPA community is deeply committed to rigorous exploration of a wide range of artistic practices and economies, within an inclusive curriculum characterized by a strong focus on a diversity of contemporary styles and current industry trends. Across SFPA, we challenge the next generation of artists, scholars, managers, performers, designers, makers, and entrepreneurs to master the skills and interrogate the foundations of their creative disciplines; imagine new futures; and contribute to the vibrant arts communities of Chicago and beyond  

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Teach at the undergraduate and, as appropriate, at the graduate level in areas assigned by the Department Chair.
  • Engage with the broader scholarly and professional communities.
  • Supervise and advise and mentor students.
  • Contribute to the development, planning and implementation of a high-quality, inclusive curriculum consistent with the Columbia College Chicago commitment to equity and social justice.
  • Commit to continuing professional development.
  • Provide service to the college, profession and community.
  • Actively follow and promote Columbia College Chicago policies.
We seek individuals with a demonstrated ability to work with students from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds, and whose creative, scholarly and/or professional work aligns with our commitment to dismantling systems of privilege and oppression. All faculty members are expected to advance the College's DEI mission. For more information on the office of Academic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion please visit:

Required Qualifications
  • An architecture/design degree BArch, BFA Interior Design (with a significant record of professional accomplishments) or MFA/MDes in Architecture or Interior Design, at least one degree in Interior Design or Interior Architecture is preferred. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in design through substantial professional interior design/ interior architecture achievements, the ability to unite industry standards with program coursework and the ability to teach and advise all levels of undergraduate students is required.
Desired Qualifications
    • Professional experience and college teaching experience are highly desirable where applicable.
    • Experience with and evidence of commitment to the development of inclusive curriculum consistent with the Columbia College Chicago commitment to equity and social justice.
    • Professional registration and/or certification (NCIDQ, LEED AP, etc.)
    • Affiliation with professional organizations (ASID, IDEC, CIDA, etc.) and previous CIDA Site Visit preparation experience
To apply for this position, submit the following materials online 
    • A letter outlining the applicant's background, qualifications, and vision for the position.
    • A curriculum vitae.
    • Samples of professional and student work (as applicable) in PDF format, will be required of selected finalists.
    • An Evidence of Inclusive Excellence Statement describing actions you have taken to support and advance diversity, equity, access and inclusion in service, teaching, or research/creative activity.  Please be succinct with your response.
    • Contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without prior consultation with the applicant.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee and is subject to change based on the needs of the department and/or college.

About the College

Columbia College Chicago is a private not-for-profit college for creatives serving nearly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Columbia College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Located in downtown Chicago's South Loop, the College is centered in one of the world's most lively urban cultural areas. Its many competitive advantages include its strong reputation in the creative industries, outstanding faculty and passionate students, impressive technological and physical resources, and a sincere commitment to bringing diverse voices and experiences into proximity with each other to shape new forms of creative practice.

At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.

Additional Information

Position subject to a background screening.

This is a non-union position.

This position is overtime exempt.

Columbia College Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all local, state, and federal laws and regulations concerning civil rights. The college does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law.

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