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Rosemary Botti-Salitsky, NCIDQ, ASID, IIDA

Department Chair Professor


Ph.D., Capella University
M.A., Rhode Island School of Design
B.S., Drexel University




School of Design

Professor Rose Botti-Salitsky, honored by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), New England, as the 2016 “Educator of the Year ” is passionate about the profession of interior design and has been sculpting spaces in which people work, shop, live, play, learn, heal, pray, sleep, and grow, for over 20 years.

Botti-Salitsky is at the forefront of driving the charge to have interior design recognized as a profession within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, advocating that interior designers should be recognized and registered alongside their architectural and engineering brethren.

What she has discovered in her career is both the power and the responsibility that comes with her field. “Interior design contains human occupants and their health, safety, and welfare should always be on the forefront of an interior designer’s thinking. ” She brings the delicate balance of technical skills combined with the ability to design aesthetically beautiful spaces to her classroom.

She shares her wealth of professional experiences freely with her students. “I like to share real-world experiences as it gives my students a better understanding of the scope and relevance of specific design projects. Nothing pleases me more than seeing my students accomplish their goals and have a successful career. ”

Professor Botti-Salitsky’s research activities include work with Fairchild Books, a Bloomsbury Publishing Imprint as the author of the textbook “Programming & Research: Skills and Techniques for Interior Designers. “

She has served as the president of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition and was instrumental in changing state laws to allow interior designers to independently bid on projects. She also serves on the American Society of Interior Designers National Codes Advisory Council.

Botti-Salitsky is the recipient of many other honors for her work including the 2008 “Business Leader Honoree, ” and 2007 “Star Award ” from the International Interior Design Association New England Chapter and the 2006 ” Presidential Citation ” from the American Society of Interior Designers New England Chapter. She also was the recipient of the Lettieri Teaching Award in 2000, presented by Mount Ida College as the highest recognition of teaching excellence.

Botti-Saltisky teaches Global Design and has traveled with her classes for service-learning opportunities in Prague and Berlin.