Lecturer, Interior Design (6333BR)

Requisition Number: 6333BR

School/Department: CAD School of Design

College : College of Art and Design

Faculty Rank : Lecturer
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure-Track Lecturer

Anticipated Start Date: 10-Aug-2022

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The School of Design in the College of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites innovative and experienced interior design educators to apply for a non-tenure track Lecturer position in the B.F.A. Interior Design program.

RIT Interior Design, a boutique-sized program, is a student-centered academic environment where burgeoning designers cultivate their unique points of view under professional faculty tutelage. Our mission is to mentor students so they enter the field prepared to contribute to the profession with a deep-rooted understanding of the needs of society, culture and the environment. Our interior design program is highly sought-after and known for engaging students in real world projects both locally and internationally. By maximizing an array of academic and professional opportunities, our graduates are reshaping how we live in the world.

RIT’s CIDA-accredited interior design program challenges students to be creative thinkers capable of responding thoughtfully to the challenges facing humanity, the environment, and emerging global conditions. Our B.F.A. degree is a multi-faceted program of study offering a comprehensive exploration of the commercial architectural interior. The curriculum synthesizes theoretical constructs with technical requirements and design processes to create inspiring, purposeful interior environments for a range of users and project typologies. Students build upon knowledge and experience from their formal instruction, internships and program mentoring experiences to cultivate professional skills. The high retention and employment rates for B.F.A. graduates are reflective of the overall quality of our program.

The program’s award-winning students and faculty actively engage with the design community and contribute to dialogues such as diversity, resiliency and accessible design challenging our profession today. As an RIT Interior Design Lecturer, you will join a faculty team committed to building an exciting, diverse program and creative community. You will have the opportunity to contribute through curriculum development, teaching, and service. Our Lecturers teach four classes per semester, including lecture courses, studios, and technical classes. The unique intersection of an interior design program housed in a college of art and design, within a technical university, offers unique, multidisciplinary opportunities for technology, art, and design collaborations. The interior design program has a dedicated studio and lecture space, a physical materials library with direct access to workshops, and state of the art computer, VR and 3D printing labs. The world-renowned Vignelli Center for Design Studies’ archives serve as an invaluable resource for faculty as a pedagogical tool and for our students as a source of design inspiration from two of the world’s most acclaimed designers.

Our International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Campus Center facilitates networking with national and international industry professionals. In this position, you will get to know our diverse population of students as an advising mentor and help them advance their career goals. We are a community at RIT and contributing to the university culture through service is a core value. As a Lecturer, you will share in community building through service to the program and the College of Art and Design.

Faculty Position: Interior Design
Our Lecturer will be someone who loves teaching and imparting information about the profession through innovative lectures, assignments, and studio projects. The ideal candidate will have a robust professional and student portfolio illustrating diverse skills and a range of expertise. Areas of consideration include but are not limited to history and theory; design process and methods; space planning for a variety of commercial design typologies (healthcare, multipurpose, event and exhibition, office, retail, hospitality); accessibility and human factors; sustainable design thinking; building systems and materiality; color and light; FF&E specifications, code compliance, and construction documentation. The candidate’s body of work must demonstrate knowledge and use of current and emerging computer-aided drafting relevant to the field and programs for visual communication and presentation.

We are seeking an individual who has the ability and interest in contributing to a community committed to student centeredness; professional development and scholarship; integrity and ethics; respect, diversity and pluralism; innovation and flexibility; and teamwork and collaboration. We are seeking individuals who are committed to RIT’s core values, honor code, and statement of diversity.

Department/College Description

The School of Design is comprised of five undergraduate programs, three graduate programs, and the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. The undergraduate programs include 3D Digital Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and New Media Design. The graduate programs are Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design, and Integrative Design. Approximately 780 undergraduate and 90 graduate students are enrolled in the School of Design. To learn more about the programs in the School of Design, please visit https://www.rit.edu/artdesign/school-design.

RIT’s College of Art and Design is the university’s creative hub where art, design, science, and technology intersect. The College’s four schools offer programs in Art, Design, Crafts, Film and Animation, Photography and Photographic Sciences. The range of innovative programs offers students a panoramic perspective from creating fine art using centuries-old methods to pushing the boundaries of digital creativity. The College of Art and Design has an enrollment of more than 1,700 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students, College of Art and Design | RIT.


Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo. And with more than 19,000 students and more than 125,000 graduates from all 50 states and over 100 nations, RIT is driving progress in industries and communities around the world. Find out more at www.rit.edu.


  • MFA, in Interior Design, Environmental Design, or an M. Arch, or related terminal degree.
  • Minimum three years of fulltime professional experience in interior design, architecture, facilities and construction management or a related field.
  • Minimum four semesters or equivalent teaching experience in interior design or a related field at the associate and/or baccalaureate level beyond a teaching assistantship.
  • Experience designing spaces with interior architectural systems, applicable codes, furniture, finishes and fixtures.
  • Architectural drawing and computer proficiency with interior design and related software(s).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of one or more of the following: design history, critical theory, design production and methodology, systems thinking, visual representation, or business practices.
  • Ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the college’s continuing commitment to cultural diversity, pluralism, and individual differences.


Apply online at http://careers.rit.edu/faculty; search openings, then Keyword Search 6333BR.

Please submit your online application; cover letter addressing the listed qualifications; your updated curriculum vitae and upload the following attachments:

  • Brief teaching philosophy
  • List of three professional references with the following information: their name, title, company, email address, phone number, and how you are acquainted
  • Contribution to Diversity Statement that addresses ways in which you approach diversity in your teaching process and incorporate elements of diversity into your design approaches
  • Course syllabus with at least three assignments
  • PDF or a link to a website presenting ten examples of professional work
  • PDF or a link to a website presenting twenty examples of student work

You can contact the search committee with questions on the position at: Peter Byrne, School Director, School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, via phone 585-475-6107 or by email at pjbfaa@rit.edu.

To receive full consideration, all application materials should be received by January 17, 2022. The position will remain open until an acceptable candidate is found.

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to careers@rit.edu.