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Full-time Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Teaching Interior Design History

Ryerson University

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, Ryerson University, is on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples and is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, scholarly research and creative activities. Ryerson is known for its culture of entrepreneurship and innovation and is recognized as a city builder, as it continues its growth through award-winning architecture and expansion of its campus.

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for every year since 2015. To learn more about our work environment, please visit us on Twitter: @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page. We invite you to explore employment at Ryerson. Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at

The Opportunity:
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 rank of Assistant Professor with emphasis on teaching interior design history. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2020, subject to final budgetary approval.

RSID offers a rigorous program with a progressive pedagogical agenda that strikes a balance between the theoretical and practical. Located in the heart of one of the world’s most culturally and linguistically diverse urban centres, Ryerson’s programs and scholarly, research and creative activities extend beyond the walls of the University. As the leading Interior Design program in Canada, the School builds upon the active design community and progressive academic research initiatives within the University. Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), RSID has graduated many of the prominent designers practicing today.

RSID is housed in a renovated warehouse with a Digital Fabrication Lab, Workshop facilities, Design Resource Centre and open studios. Students undergo a rigorous curriculum spanning foundations to innovation, where hands-on learning is in tandem with novel practices.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (
The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service activities. The candidate will teach a range of history-based courses at all levels of the undergraduate program, primarily interior design history. Emphasis on decorative arts, architecture and fine arts are desirable as complementary fields of knowledge to support interior design.

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. The candidate will engage in maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities.

Candidates must have a Master’s with a background in at least one of the following areas: decorative arts, interior design, architecture and fine arts or a related discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with a PhD. Candidates with at least one completed degree in interior design or architecture will be given preference. In addition, candidates must demonstrate:

● a strong teaching record at the university level;
● capacity to pursue funded research activities. Scholarly works and creative practice are to be demonstrated through publications, awards, exhibitions, grants, and/or other peer-reviewed activities;
● commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and
● an ability to contribute to the life of the School and the University through collegial service.

Equity at Ryerson:
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 fundamental to our institutional culture. 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, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

How to Apply:
Applicants should submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by December 1, 2019 when review of applications will begin and continue until the position is filled. The application must contain the following:
● A curriculum vitae
● A letter of application with a statement of research interests and teaching philosophy (maximum 3 pages)
● A sample syllabus
● A selection of research in the form of a paper, book chapter, etc. (no more than 10 pages)
● The names of at least 3 individuals who may be contacted for references.
Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

Any confidential inquiries can be directed to the Department Hiring Committee Chair, Lois Weinthal at

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. For any confidential accommodation needs and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Sumentha D’Souza, HR Consultant, at