Assistant Professor, Interior Design Program


Founded in 1907, California College of the Arts (CCA) is an independent non-profit art college with undergraduate programs in architecture, design, fine arts, visual studies, and writing and literature. The college also has graduate programs in architecture, comics, design, interaction design, curatorial practice, design strategy, fine arts, film, visual and critical studies, and writing. Through these programs, the college has created a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment to fulfill the school’s motto of “Make art that matters.” Diverse cultural perspectives enrich the CCA community and the college believes that continuing to expand the horizons of the students and faculty is essential to achieving its educational objectives. CCA represents over one hundred years of dedication to its mission, whose character reflects its location in the San Francisco Bay Area, where histories of radical politics and technological innovation inform a culturally rich academic community infused by art schools, research universities, world-renowned museums, galleries, start-ups and community-run institutions. With campuses in Oakland and San Francisco, CCA currently enrolls 1,950 full-time students and is embarking on a major campus planning project that will unify the college in one location and ensure its academic excellence for the next century.


The Interior Design Program at CCA offers a BFA degree and is one of three programs in the Architecture Division at California College of the Arts. The program is founded on the idea that the design of interior spaces can transform organizations and change communities. Our curriculum builds expertise in the construction of environments for living and working, putting equal emphasis on the spatial and the technical aspects of design. Experiments with materials provide a unique opportunity to test new ideas at full scale in a robust context of interdisciplinary innovation and learning at CCA.

The Bay Area is a known global hub for technological and cultural innovation and San Francisco is one of the greatest assets to the Program. We actively pursue opportunities for engagement with local professional partners, organizations and communities to broaden our contribution to the larger civic community. CCA’s Center for Art and Public Life facilitates community engagement and partnerships that support interior design work for social advocacy and participatory practice. We sustain an ambitious public program of events through our lecture series, exhibitions and symposia, while also bringing local design and technology professionals into our academic environment as faculty and participants in our reviews throughout the year.

CCA’s award-winning Interior Design students and faculty work in collaboration with adjacent programs in Architecture, Industrial Design, Furniture, and Interaction Design, as well as Fashion Design, Textiles, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Film, among many others. This makes CCA the perfect venue for interdisciplinary collaboration, a hallmark of Interior Design as a discipline.

All of CCA’s programs benefit from an extensive range of workshops for fabrication in wood, metals, and experimental materials as well as other unique facilities, including the CCA Hybrid Lab (Sensors and Robotics), the Digital Craft Lab, and the Build Lab. Faculty within the Architecture Division have the opportunity to conduct research and projects through the format of these well-networked Labs, as well as through the Urban Works Agency and the Experimental History Project.


CCA is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Interior Design to begin August 2018.

The successful candidate will have experience as an interior design professional and academic, with a demonstrated trajectory of experimental, research-oriented interior design practice. Teaching responsibilities in the program will include Design Studios and Materiality & Space Studios, with additional teaching in one of the following areas of expertise: lighting design, building technology, representation, fabrication and materiality, computation, smart systems. Service to the program and the college is expected.

In keeping with CCA’s commitment to diversity, community engagement and social justice, we seek candidates who cultivate an equitable scholarly environment and curriculum. With an increasingly international student body and a commitment to domestic diversity, candidates should have a proven track record of teaching and/or leading in a culturally competent manner with a global perspective, working with diverse groups and fostering an understanding of and respect for diverse cultural practices. The ideal candidate will engage critical strategies and/or research methodologies that promote social and intellectual inquiry, and their teaching, service or public outreach will have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.


  • MFA in Interior Design or commensurate professional experience and qualifications (NCIDQ/Architectural licensure)
  • Two years of college-level teaching experience and evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Teaching philosophy that demonstrates a clear pedagogical vision and incorporates innovative strategies that engage changing artistic, economic, and technological landscapes
  • Significant professional activity and/or research, including publications, awards and professional organizations
  • Ability to balance professional practice with teaching and service to the college

  • Strong evidence of administrative ability and commitment to collaboration are highly desirable
  • Leadership potential, with strong communication and interpersonal skills along with the flexibility to work across disciplines and to collaborate and develop relationships with other programs


Commensurate with qualifications and includes a comprehensive benefits package.


Applications must be received by January 7, 2018 at 11:59 PST.


Interested candidates may apply via an online application available at this address:

Qualified applicants must complete the online application by uploading the following materials:

- Letter of interest

- Statement of teaching/design philosophy highlighting areas of pedagogic concentration

- Curriculum vitae

- Sample syllabi for up to 5 courses

- Portfolio: 15 - 20 images

- Recent books or publications, if applicable

- Contact information for three professional references

EEO Statement

As an educational and cultural institution, California College of the Arts has a responsibility to provide access and opportunities for all people, with special attention to supporting groups historically underrepresented in higher education. We believe that a culturally diverse campus is integral to academic excellence, and our student, faculty, staff, and trustee bodies should reflect the diverse world in which we live, with attention to race, ethnicity, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and ability. California College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.