Tenure Track Position in Interior Design

TheCreativeSchool-Int. Design

Posted: February 1, 2024
Deadline to Apply: Posted until filled

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the School of Interior Design in The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2024, subject to final budgetary approval. Applications from candidates who self-identify as a member of an equity-deserving community are particularly encouraged, and such candidates are encouraged to self-identify through our Applicant Diversity Self-ID questionnaire. 

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly, research and/or creative activity and service duties, while maintaining an inclusive, equitable and collegial work environment across all activities. Teaching duties will involve both the undergraduate and graduate level, supervision of graduate students in our new Master of Interior Design (MID I and MID II) programs, and active participation in curriculum development. The successful candidate will pursue a strong, innovative program of scholarly, research and/or creative activity that is externally funded and produces impactful, cutting-edge, high-quality results. 

A strength of the program is our immersive approach to design problems. Students are challenged at a very early stage in their interior design education by extensive projects in place-making within both local and global contexts. 

Candidates must hold a graduate degree in Interior Design or a closely related field as well as teaching experience within a CIDA-accredited program. The successful candidate will be a strong designer who can teach widely in our program and contribute to the intellectual and curricular development of the school.

In addition, the candidates must submit evidence of the following: 

  • a record of scholarly, research, or creative activities as demonstrated by professional work, peer-reviewed publications, grants, creative scholarship and/or other writing or creative production that contributes to the visibility and prominence of the discipline; 
  • an emerging or mature research agenda in one or more of the following areas: expanded, critical or future design practices, or design at the service of environmental or social justice; 
  • a record of excellence in design teaching, as evidenced by a teaching portfolio that includes examples of student work; 
  • a 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; 
  • a record of service that shows potential to contribute positively to the life of the School of Interior Design.

Our committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Toronto Metropolitan Faculty Association [TFA] [www.tfanet.ca]. Visit us at www.torontomu.ca/faculty-affairs to view the TFA collective agreement and a summary of TFA benefits.  

Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) 

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, TMU is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

Interior Design at The Creative School 

A world-class design school with a strong future vision 

Ontario’s most highly recognized and successful interior design program, the School of Interior Design’s Bachelor of Interior Design, helps students understand the technological, aesthetic, ideological, environmental, cultural and social dimensions of the built environment. Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the program’s graduates are industry leaders dedicated to developing equitable and sustainable spaces. Started in 1948, the school has earned widespread industry respect due to the accomplishments of faculty and alumni. This year, the school has launched a Master of Interior Design, which will extend and deepen its leadership in the sector. The School of Interior Design’s teaching is grounded in a commitment to experiential and hands-on learning. An internship requirement, completed before graduation, is an integral part of the preparation for entering the profession, and a full Co-op option has been approved by the University and will be rolled out in the coming years. Field trips and opportunities for international exchange enrich the educational experiences possible at the school. 

Design School Named Top in the World 

Internationally respected Azure magazine named the School of Interior Design one of the world’s leading interior design schools, alongside Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, among others. One hundred international architects, interior designers, industrial designers and other practitioners weighed in: "Toronto Met dominates the discussion about the best interior design school in Canada, and graduates are equipped with the necessary technical skills to hit the ground running when they leave school." 

Our Mission 

The School of Interior Design's mission follows from our core values of making, leading, challenging and caring. Our mission is 

  • to educate the leaders in the next generation of interior designers; 
  • to challenge the norms of interior design education; 
  • to lead through scholarship, research and creative activities; 
  • to champion the role of making in the construction of interior environments; and
  • to care for ourselves, for others and for the world. 

Working at TMU

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At TMU and within our department/school, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. 

Dedicated to a people first culture, TMU is proud to rank number one on the Forbes list of Canada’s Best Employers for Diversity. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks

Visit us on X (previously known as Twitter): @torontomet, @VPFAtorontomet and @TorontoMetHR, and our LinkedIn page.

TMU is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.

Toronto Metropolitan 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, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

How to Apply 

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal [https://hr.cf.torontomu.ca/ams/faculty/] by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin. Review of applications will begin March 15, 2024. The position will remain open until filled. Applications must consisting of the following:

  • A letter of application, including short statements of teaching philosophy and of research interests 
  • A curriculum vitae 
  • A portfolio, including student work and your research, professional practice, and/or creative scholarship 
  • Names of three 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, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada. 


Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the Department Hiring Committee Chair, Dr. Colin Ripley, at cripley@torontomu.ca

Candidates who belong to one or more of the equity-deserving groups recognized at TMU are welcome to connect with Debbie Thompson [debbie.thompson@torontomu.ca], Executive Director, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion [www.torontomu.ca/equity].  

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact vpfa@torontomu.ca.

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