Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track): Furniture

School of Art + Design



The School of Art and Design at San Diego State University (SDSU) seeks candidates for an assistant or associate professor tenure track position in Furniture, which will simultaneously serve to expand the furniture curriculum further beyond woodworking and augment the existing sculpture curriculum. The successful candidate will teach all levels of furniture, with additional cross-disciplinary courses at the undergraduate or graduate level. Applicants must be well versed in practice, theory, history, and criticism in the fields of art and design. An applicant’s creative practice should demonstrate an approach to furniture that rigorously engages with contemporary art and/or design. The successful candidate will share administrative responsibilities in an internationally recognized furniture program and aid in the management of a well-equipped metalworking facility. Candidates should exhibit leadership through their creative practice, previous teaching appointments, involvement in professional organizations, and community service.

MFA in studio art with an emphasis in furniture or related field, an active professional practice, and demonstrated proficiency in a range of fabrication skills is required: woodworking, metalworking, mold-making and casting, plastics and composites, alternative materials, etc. Especially desirable is a strong commitment and enthusiasm for the future of furniture practice supported by proficiency in any of the following areas: 3d-computer modeling, traditional and digital fabrication techniques, public art, and socially engaged approaches to contemporary art. Strong verbal, written, and digital design and communication skills are necessary. A minimum of two years’ teaching experience is preferred; experience teaching at the graduate level is desirable.


The successful candidate will have full-time faculty instruction responsibilities teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses primarily in furniture, but will offer courses that serve students of all majors within the School of Art and Design. This position will also contribute to School-wide curriculum development. Faculty represent the School of Art and Design at community events, participate in service-oriented activities within the university community and the community-at-large, remain active in the profession and in appropriate professional organizations. Every faculty member is expected to assume a fair share of responsibility for non-classroom activities, in order to enhance the collegiality and effectiveness of the School, College, and University, and to promote the stature of SDSU in the community.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

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This is a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant or associate professor level. Salary is commensurate with experience.


Applicants should apply via Interfolio at

Review of applications will begin September 21st, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

A MFA should be in-hand at the start of the appointment. 

Email inquiries with subject line “Furniture Search” to:

Matthew Hebert
Chair, Furniture Search


The School of Art and Design has 17 full-time faculty members and is part of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts. Approximately 800 Art majors are currently enrolled in the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The School offers the Bachelor’s degree in Art with emphases in studio arts and design; the Master’s and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Art with concentrations in studio arts and design; as well as Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Art History.

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The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA) comprises 10 diverse departments/schools committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors geared to enhancing the human enterprise. The College is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social and technical fields.

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The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU.

Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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