Assistant Professor in Interior Design


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Interior Design November 24, 2017 Ryerson University, School of Interior Design Toronto, ON, Canada

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Ryerson School of Interior Design, Assistant Professor
The School of Interior Design (RSID) in the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position, at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2018, subject to final budgetary approval. Emphasis is on teaching innovative design studios.

RSID offers a rigorous program with a progressive pedagogical agenda that strikes a balance between the theoretical and practical. As the leading Interior Design program in Canada, the School is located in the vibrant center of Toronto and builds upon the active design community and progressive academic research initiatives within the University.

The Opportunity 
RSID is housed in a renovated warehouse with a Digital Fabrication Lab, Workshop facilities, Design Resource Centre and open studios. Emphasis is placed on innovative fabrication through analog and digital processes, where hands-on learning is in tandem with novel practices. Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), RSID has graduated many of the prominent designers practicing today.

The successful candidate will have a rigorous research program that bridges interiors with designed objects, material culture, and allied creative careers. Emphasis is placed on making, structured process, and research to complement the program’s commitment to innovation and design. Candidates should have a strong teaching record at the university level and are expected to pursue funded research activities. Creative practice and scholarly works are to be demonstrated through publications, awards, exhibitions, grants, and/or other peer-reviewed activities. A terminal degree, at minimum, is required with special consideration for those holding a D.Des/Ph.D.

RSID will offer graduate programs in the future, and the successful candidate will take an active role in graduate and undergraduate curriculum development. The successful candidate will actively participate in collegial service and will expand research and collaborations within the School and FCAD.

Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly, research or creative activities.

About Ryerson University
At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as part of our DNA – our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for both 2015 and 2016. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU@RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA).

How to apply
Applicants should submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application process” above to begin). Files cannot be larger than 5mb. The application must contain the following:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A letter of application with a statement of teaching and design/research interests (three page maximum).
  • A portfolio of work that shows both academic/creative scholarship and student work.
  • The names of at least 3 individuals who may be contacted for reference letters.
  • International candidates will be considered, but please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Any confidential inquiries can be directed to the Department Hiring Committee Chair, Jonathon Anderson at [email protected]. The review of applications will begin January 16th, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Any inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal can be sent to Donna Kit at [email protected]. Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, M.Ed., Aboriginal HR Consultant, Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Initiative, at [email protected].

Ryerson University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply but applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.