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Assistant Professor, Interior Design - (998173)
Mount Royal University

Date Posted Mar. 7, 2022
Title Assistant Professor, Interior Design - (998173)
University Mount Royal University
Calgary, AB, Canada
Department Arts
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Design - Interior Design

About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University grew into a vibrant college in the 1930s and became a mid-sized university in 2009. Mount Royal has carved out a distinct niche by offering smaller class sizes, a robust liberal education and unique undergraduate programs. Currently, more than 15,000 credit students choose from 13 bachelor degrees and 38 majors.

Mount Royal University is located in the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of the Treaty 7 region in southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Iyarhe Nakoda. We are situated on land where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. The traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis," which we now call the city of Calgary. The city of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation.

Mount Royal University is committed to removing barriers and fostering the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented or discouraged in our society. In support of our belief that diversity in our faculty and staff enriches the work, learning and research experiences for the entire campus community, we strongly encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply and self-identify.

About the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts is home to six academic departments: Economics, Justice & Policy Studies; English, Languages & Cultures; Humanities; Interior Design; Psychology; and Sociology & Anthropology. Arts currently offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts with six majors, Bachelor of Arts—Criminal Justice, and Bachelor of Interior Design.


About the Department of Interior Design

Building on its history at Mount Royal and its location in Calgary, the Department of Interior Design is passionately committed to design education.  We value supportive learning, inclusiveness, and equity.  The Department offers the Bachelor of Interior Design, a four-year degree accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).  The degree follows a highly integrated curriculum bringing together theory, research and practice to develop students’ critical thinking skills, as they contemplate and solve real-world problems through ethical, human-centred, inclusive, integrated and sustainable design considerations.  The program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Interior Design degree also meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). 

We welcome learners from diverse contexts who are impelled to engage in the process of design and are motivated to improve the quality of life for people in the built environment.  Our faculty are professional designers, architects and scholars who are committed to innovative, interactive teaching approaches that engage and empower students to achieve their design potential.  We value our sustained relationships with alumni who contribute to the larger community, the interior design profession, and MRU, and to the growth of our students.


About the Role

The Department of Interior Design in the Faculty of Arts at Mount Royal University invites applications for one tenurable position at the rank of Assistant Professor, which will commence July 1, 2022, subject to final budgetary approval. 

The successful candidate will teach primarily in foundation-level courses in the Bachelor of Interior Design, including Tools (design concepts and communications), Systems (construction and codes), and the associated Studios.  

The successful applicant will be an Interior Design practitioner and will have:

  • A combination of 6 - 10 years of design teaching experience and professional interior design practice;
  • Demonstrated passion for design and for engaging with entry-level students and practitioners;
  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Interior Design or a closely related discipline;
  • Experience and familiarity across multiple areas of practice, including a broad range of projects with a variety of scales and types, and the ability to apply design knowledge to classroom and studio environments;
  • NCIDQ certification or the ability to achieve it within the first year of employment;
  • Currency and competency in relevant design software, such as AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and SketchUp.


In addition, any of the following would be definite assets:

  • Successful previous post-secondary teaching experience at the undergraduate level;
  • Professional knowledge of and experience with interior building systems;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with non-Western design traditions, Indigenous ways of understanding space and land, and/or design for social agency;
  • Experience in curriculum development, pedagogy and assessment (including creating lectures, learnings activities and assignments);
  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and diversity awareness;
  • Practice experience with Revit and 3D imaging software.
  • Certification in LEED AP and/or WELL Building Standards.


Key faculty responsibilities include:

  • Teaching foundation courses including Tools; Systems and related Studios;
  • Refining curriculum and pedagogy to teach program students how analog design skills are used in industry to visually communicate design and construction intent;
  • Integrating design theory and design ideation processes with building systems, materials and regulations, to teach the design and construction of the built environment;
  • Collaborating effectively with full-time and contract faculty members on curriculum development, refinement, and educational technologies;
  • Remaining current in areas of teaching responsibility and maintaining awareness of emerging trends in curricular areas and in design practice;
  • Contributing to program, university, and design community service.


Mount Royal offers two career streams for tenurable faculty, TS (Teaching-Service) and TSS (Teaching-Scholarship-Service).  The latter requires a rigorous, ongoing, documented engagement with scholarly and professional activities that contribute to expertise and to teaching.  Candidates may indicate a preference for one stream or the other in their application.

For further information, contact Dr. David Hyttenrauch, Chair of Interior Design (  Applicants are encouraged to review the Bachelor of Interior Design information at


All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access campus. This is a condition of employment. 

Please note: Given current COVID-19 restrictions, we may be required to conduct our search activities virtually.  If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.


Closing Date:         The posting will remain open until the position is filled; however, the Committee will begin reviewing applications on April 14, 2022.  Interview candidates will be asked to provide contact details for three references.


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