Chairperson of Interior Design

Pratt Institute

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The School of Design at Pratt Institute seeks a dynamic and visionary leader with outstanding communication, listening and organizational skills who will build upon the strengths of the existing programs to serve as Chairperson of the Interior Design department. The department is a world-renowned leader in the field and currently offers a 60 credit MFA, a 126 credit BFA that is CIDA accredited and a minor in interior design for undergraduates. The Chairperson is responsible for the overall management and future direction of department’s academic programs, in accordance with Pratt’s mission and in support of the institution’s strategic plan. The chairperson will assume academic and administrative leadership of the department and will develop programs to complement, enhance and build upon the prestige and reputation of our Interior Design programs.

Applicants should have strong administrative and teaching experience and excellent communication skills with an equitable leadership style. This administrative appointment carries a twelve-month per year workload and a three-year contract that may be renewed.

The selected candidate reports to Dean of the School of Design and will be responsible for developing initiatives to complement, enhance and build upon the prestige and reputation of the interior design department. The chair will work closely with dean and other department chairs in the school as we continue to develop inter and transdisciplinary opportunities for students and faculty. The Chairperson will oversee approximately 65 faculty, an Assistant Chair, and an Assistant to the Chair.

Located on Pratt’s historic 25-acre campus in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Pratt is an internationally recognized school of architecture, art, design, and information, which draws students from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds. We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our curriculum as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students and staff and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals.

  • Supervise and develop the department’s curriculum and educational programs

  • Recruit, supervise, evaluate, and develop faculty

  • Recruit and advise students

  • Develop and maintain assessment instruments, including program reviews

  • Oversight of the department’s budget and allocation of resources, course scheduling and departmental facilities

  • Lead departmental efforts in CIDA, NASAD and MSCHE accreditation

  • Establish links to professional organizations and leading practitioners in the field

  • Assist the Dean and Institutional Advancement in fundraising and to advance the program’s profile

  • Serve on School and Institute committees

  • Carry out special projects as assigned by the Dean

  • Perform all other related duties as required.

  • Education Terminal degree in interior design or a related field from an accredited institution, domestic or international.

  • Experience: Candidates should have at least 3-5 years of administrative and teaching experience in higher education and professional or creative practice in interior design or a related field. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong administrative skills and interpersonal skills, a level of inter-cultural competence and ability to work with diverse populations, and understanding the educational benefits of diversity, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion are essential.

  • Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply

Review of applications to begin June 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. The desired start date for this appointment is January 2, 2020.

To apply submit a cover letter, CV, and a statement describing how you have worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your career and how you plan on continuing to do so here at Pratt. Please also submit a portfolio of professional work and student work with up to 20 examples. All materials should be submitted via our internal application site at:

Posted on April 25