Assistant/Associate Professor of Human Sciences (Interior Design) & Program Coordinator
Sam Houston State University
Location: Huntsville, Texas
Internal Number: 36746
Hiring Salary: Yearly-Faculty
Department: Dept of Human Sciences
Prior interior design program leadership or other related leadership experience is preferred.
An undergraduate degree in interior design is preferred.
Experience in healthcare design is preferred.
Experience in Escape and 3D printing is preferred.
Experience with the CIDA accreditation process and preparation of self-study reports is also preferred. Membership in at least one of the following professional organizations: IDEC, IIDA, ASID, or AIA is preferred.
Additional credentials/certifications in any one or more of the following: LEED-AP, AAHID, WELL-AP, or EDAC is preferred.
Nature & Purpose of Position/Usual Duties:
The Department of Human Sciences at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) invites applications from qualified candidates for a tenure-track 9-month appointment as an Assistant/Associate Professor in Interior Design and Program Area Coordinator beginning in Fall 2024.
The Department of Human Sciences is one of three departments and the School of Nursing in the College of Health Sciences, and the Interior Design program is one of four undergraduate programs in the department. The department offers a B.S., B.A., and minor in Interior Design and holds accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
The department and design program are housed in the historic three-story Margaret Lea Houston Building which includes a freshman design lab, a recently renovated digital design and drafting lab, a newly constructed senior interior design studio in partnership with Haworth/FMG, and a new design resource lab.
The department is seeking a visionary and inspirational leader to drive the future direction of the interior design program with collaboration and innovative approaches to inspire the next generation of design professionals.
This candidate will direct efforts as the Program Area Coordinator for the CIDA-Accredited program in Interior Design. Responsibilities of the position include: Teaches undergraduate courses at all levels of the Interior Design program. Oversees the program accreditation processes and reviews and contributing to ongoing program evaluation and improvement. Collaborates with faculty and leadership, oversee the recruitment and retention process. Ensures that the vision and program direction are aligned with the mission of the Department and contribute to program assessment efforts. Oversees curriculum development, review, and update the undergraduate course catalog annually. Coordinates course offerings, scheduling, and faculty teaching assignments in collaboration with department leadership. Mentoring design students Maintains and overseeing design labs and equipment. Fosters and maintains industry relationships and bi-annual advisory board meetings to help students with networking, and internships, and to stay ahead of current industry and workforce trends in design. Maintains scholarly/creative activities in interior design or related fields of study. Provides program, department, college, university, and professional service.
This appointment will include preparing and writing the self-study reports for the ID program's CIDA and NASAD re-accreditation site visits. Ensures that the program activities integrate effectively and efficiently with the mission, vision, and overall operations of the department. Responsible for ensuring that the program meets the accreditation criteria established by the CIDA and NASAD.
The SHSU student body is over 50% first-generation college students and SHSU is a recognized Hispanic serving institution (HSI). We are seeking candidates who demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively in and with the variety of the communities we serve.
There are multiple options for places to live near our campuses. The city of Huntsville is nestled in the East Texas Piney Woods and is centrally located on a direct route between Houston and Dallas. With a population of roughly 40,000 (excluding SHSU), Huntsville offers the simplicity of small-town life and easy access to surrounding larger cities including Conroe, The Woodlands, and Bryan/College Station. Full of Texas history and charm, this county seat is home to multiple museums, annual festivities, antique stores, year-round outdoor activities, vineyards, golf courses, lakes, and a beautiful state park. In a little over an hour after leaving the main campus, you can arrive in downtown Houston. It provides access to large entertainment venues and art museums. If you prefer life on the water, Lake Conroe and Lake Livingston are a short commute, and Galveston Island and the Gulf Coast are a two-hour drive.
Other Specifications/Instructions for the Position:
Interested candidates should submit the following required documents:
Cover letter detailing the candidate's interest in the position, teaching experience, research agenda, and involvement in service at the community, departmental, university, state, and/or national level; it is also recommended that a candidate address any experiences related to the preferred criteria listed in the position description.
A sample portfolio of student and/or professional design work in PDF. Please submit these to the Teaching Portfolio section in the list of the required documents.
Names and contact information for three professional references.
About Sam Houston State University
For more than 140 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, "The measure of a Life is its Service," resonates among its 22,000 students, eight colleges and well beyond its historical roots through research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more.
SHSU is an inclusive institution whose mission is to provide high quality education, scholarship, and service to students. With over 90 bachelor degrees, 50 master’s, and 11 doctoral programs—including the nation’s first Ph.D. in forensic science, SHSU provides an exceptional college experience for every student: traditional or non-traditional; first generation; international; or online.
Service to self and others is paramount at SHSU and reflected in all university organizations and programs. In fact, the university was named to USA Today’s Top 50 in the U.S. for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness,” in addition to being classified a "Community Engaged Campus" by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. This honor, bestowed to only 311 public institutions nationwide, acknowledges th...e university's significant commitment to service.
Sam Houston State University has a small town feel with large scale opportunities. Located in the Piney Woods region of East Texas, Huntsville provides area residents with a sense of community and belonging, although just an hour drive north of Houston.
SHSU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an "at will" employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215. SHSU is committed to promoting a campus culture that embraces diversity and inclusion. The University acknowledges and values our responsibility to cultivate an equitable and inclusive environment where students, faculty, staff, and community recognize the benefits of collaboration and mutual respect through diverse identities and experiences.
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