Assistant Professor - Department of Family and Consumer Sciences 24-50

  • California State University, Northridge
  • Northridge, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Nov 29, 2023
Full time Human Development/Family/Consumer Science

Job Description


Assistant Professor - Department of Family and Consumer Sciences 24-50

Tenure-Track Faculty Position Announcement

Department: Family and Consumer Sciences

Faculty Hire Number: #24-50

Rank: Assistant Professor

Effective Date of Appointment: August 21, 2024 (Subject to Budgetary Approval)

Salary Scale: $77,000 to $82,000 (Dependent upon qualifications)

CSUN's Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation, and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2022, CSUN enrolls ~38,000 students, where 57.3% are Latinx, 19.8% are White, 9.2% are Asian-American, 4.9% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.2% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

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The department of Family & Consumer Sciences at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in Interior Design at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The successful candidate will:

  • Teach undergraduate studio and lecture courses in the Interior Design program.
  • Establish a continuous pattern of scholarly activities, including research, publication, and memberships in appropriate professional organizations.
  • Participate in service learning and supervise research and design projects among a diverse population of Interior Design majors.
  • Advise and mentor interior design majors and student organizations.
  • Work with the interior design faculty to maintain the program's accreditation.
  • Participate in curriculum and program development for the program and contribute to the University's commitment to teacher preparation and general education.
  • Work collaboratively with other faculty in the department and college.
  • Participate in university governance through service on committees at the department, college, and university levels.

The successful candidate should conduct publishable research and attempt to secure external funding to support research and scholarly activity. The successful candidate may be required to teach on weekdays, evenings, weekends, and online.

Applicants must demonstrate experience and a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population. Experience in research and scholarship required, significant scholarly or creative contribution through publications and presentations to the field of study desirable. Experience in design studio instruction, and evidence of teaching experience required. Experience in professional practice or equivalent in interior design or related field required. Candidates must be qualified to teach a variety of content areas including residential and commercial design, history of Interior design, construction drawing and documents, building codes, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and advanced digital presentation. Successful candidates should demonstrate effectiveness in teaching these content areas with a strong commitment to engaging students in the program's expanding foci in human-centered design, sustainable design, lighting design, and community engagement.

In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, participation in assessment of student learning, and service to the department, college, and university. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she/they is/are housed for recommending tenure and promotion. Given CSUN's commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement in a diverse environment, the successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable academic outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in research and scholarship in Interior Design or related field of study.
  • College or University-level experience in interior design studio instruction, and evidence of teaching experience.
  • Experience in professional practice OR equivalent (i.e., research resulting in design work, membership in professional organizations, etc.) in interior design or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate or ABD in Interior Design, Architecture, or related field preferred.
  • An MFA in Interior Design or Master of Architecture or Master of Art or Master of Science in Interior Design from an accredited institution.
  • Evidence of effective engagement OR potential to engage with a diverse student body
  • Experience using culturally responsive pedagogy that leads to equitable outcomes for all students
  • Experience creating a student-centered learning environment
  • Research/Lab experience that includes working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Experience adopting inclusive approaches to mentoring
  • Proficiency in teaching digital drawing and presentation software including, but not limited to, AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop, Illustrator and SketchUp.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in teaching Interior Design curricula with a strong commitment to engaging students in the program's expanding foci in human-centered design, sustainable design, lighting design, community engagement, and Extended Reality (XR, including AR, MR, VR).
  • Preference given to candidates who are NCIDQ certified or are committed to seeking certification.
  • Online teaching experience at the College or University-level.

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin December 12, 2023. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

How to Apply:

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN online application. To apply and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching experience and philosophy, statement of research and scholarly activities, teaching portfolio including students work samples, statement of diversity, and three professional and/or academic references to the address below. In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide a professional/personal work portfolio, letters of recommendation, and verification of terminal degrees, licenses, and certificates.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work in the United States.

General Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line here. Print copies are available by request from the Department of Police Services, the Office for Faculty Affairs, and the Office of Equity and Diversity.

The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Nondiscrimination Policy. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Dr. Yi (Tom) Cai at or 818-677- 3051.

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