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Design Instructor

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

Instructor Positions (Non-Tenure Track) in Environmental Design, University of Colorado Boulder

The Environmental Design Program (ENVD) of the University of Colorado Boulder is recruiting 3 to 5 instructors in the Environmental Design disciplines of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Planning and Product Design. Positions are expected to begin the upcoming fall semester in August 2019.

Who We Are

The Program in Environmental Design at CU Boulder ( offers a Bachelor of Environmental Design. The program has been cultivating critical and creative thinkers, designers, and planners for over 50 years and has more than 4,300 alumni. The ENVD program is well renowned and is committed to spearheading the next generation of environmental designers by integrating knowledge of the built and natural environments with holistic and critical design thinking. Please see the department website for more details on these areas.

ENVD prioritizes the recruitment and retention of faculty that represent the diverse contexts for which we design and who are leaders in environmental design innovation.  We are committed to shaping an equitable future for environmental design professions and scholarship. This commitment is supported by a curriculum that offers richly varied perspectives and ways of thinking, making and learning.  We aim to uphold and advance the University’s mission and vision by cultivating future design industry leaders. Applicants should share and contribute to ENVD’s commitment to diversity, collegiality and inclusion.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The ENVD program, a leader in environmental design education, seeks enthusiastic, energetic instructors with a defined and articulated teaching philosophy that integrates design with practice, and a demonstrated ability to teach in a studio-based setting. The selected candidates will teach undergraduate environmental design studios and lecture and seminar courses related to the disciplinary and technological areas listed below. In addition to teaching, the candidates will have service requirements for contributions to curriculum/program development and related academic committee work.

Applicants with experience in multiple design disciplines will be given priority consideration. Candidates will be asked to describe how they can contribute to a holistic environmental design pedagogy. Professional experience and licensure are highly valued.

Qualified candidates must demonstrate experience in a minimum of two (2) of the following disciplinary and/or technological areas:
  • Architectural design (with a focus on sustainable building practices and climate-responsiveness)
  • Landscape Architecture (with a focus on climate-responsiveness, ecological infrastructure, and urban ecology)
  • Planning and Urban design (with a focus on climate-responsiveness and/or planning and development, GIS and housing and/or ecological infrastructure)
  • Product Design (with a focus on sustainable practices and emerging processes/techniques in design-thinking and prototyping/design-making)
  • Graphic Design (with a specific focus such as environmental graphics, in-depth knowledge of applicable softwares)
  • Advanced Computer Aided Design (including but not limited to BIM software and its plug-ins & processes, Rhino3D + Grasshopper and other plugins, Arduino or other interaction design software, Virtual Reality based softwares,  Analytical/Simulation Softwares, Rendering/Animation etc.)
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing (including but not limited to 3D-printing, 3 and 4+ axis CNC milling, Laser Cutting, Waterjet Cutting, rapid prototyping and material knowledge)
  • Shop Fabrication (including but not limited to emerging processes and techniques)
  • Entrepreneurship (a demonstrated ability in managing to-market product design and/or a progressive practice in the disciplines of environmental design)

What We Can Offer

Salary packages are competitive and commensurate with experience. The positions are 9 month/100% full-time equivalent. A typical workload for instructor-ranked faculty is 80% teaching and 20% service. Part time of at least 50% will be considered for individuals with an active design practice. Individuals with outstanding qualifications will be considered at Senior Instructor rank.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Two or more of the above areas which you are most qualified to teach ( Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban design & Planning or Product Design, Graphic design, Advanced CAD, CAM, Shop Fabrication and Entrepreneurship).
  • Technological design competencies, demonstrating understanding of relevant and/or emerging design software, processes, etc.
  • Minimum of one academic year of teaching experience, full-time equivalent.
  • A Master’s degree in design.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
  3. List of references
  4. PDF sample of work
  5. Portfolio URL/Lin
  6. Teaching portfolio/samples and syllabi
  7. Teaching/course evaluations
For full consideration, please apply by March 1st, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer