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Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture
University of Tennessee Knoxville

Date Posted Oct. 26, 2018
Title Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture
University University of Tennessee Knoxville
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department School of Interior Architecture, College of Architecture and Design
Application Deadline Jan. 10, 2019
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2019
  • Assistant Professor
  • Design - Interior Design
    Design - Industrial Art/Design
    Architecture/Landscape Architecture

School of Interior Architecture, College of Architecture and Design, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture
full-time tenure track position; salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits.

The School of Interior Architecture within the College of Architecture + Design at the University of Tennessee invites applications for a full time (1.0 FTE), nine-month, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor to begin August 1, 2019. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in creative and meaningful ways to advance the discipline, diversity, and intercultural goals of the University.

The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture within in a highly competitive professional program attracting over 200 first year applicants across the United States. There are approximately 30-40 students in each cohort year, with the total number of students in the program equaling approximately 140. The school is located in the College of Architecture and Design with the School of Architecture, School of Landscape Architecture, School of Design (beginning in 2019), and we share the building with the School of Art. The position offers rich opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The school is distinguished with recent national and international student and faculty awards including Highly Commended in the international 2017 Undergraduate Awards, and four consecutive years of students placing first and second in the national Gensler Scholarship. The program was reaccredited by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) in spring of 2018. DesignIntelligence ranked the school 11th "Most hired from" among comparable universities.

Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture Job duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will join colleagues in the Interior Architecture program to become part of a progressive design education environment. The curriculum is uniquely created to encourage cross-disciplinary studies and collaborations within the university as well as the community and to prepare students for a professional practice.

The School of Interior Architecture is seeking a full-time faculty member to teach at all levels in the undergraduate BSIA program. The position is typically is a 75% teaching, 20% research or creative activity, and 5% service work load assignment. The candidate will also contribute to the development of undergraduate minors and a future graduate curriculum. The successful candidate will develop/expand a nationally recognized scholarly program and engage peer-reviewed scholarship or creative activity.

This position presents a unique opportunity for candidates who have an interest in: History of Interiors and Material Culture Interior Materials Furniture Design Lighting Design for Interiors Human and Environmental Factors

Candidates should demonstrate:

  • Through their work and scholarship, an ability to advance the college’s reputation, nationally and internationally;
  • An awareness of university expectations for tenure and promotion and have qualifications that predict success in this process;
  • A willingness and demonstrated ability to actively engage multi-disciplinary collaboration;
  • Demonstrate ability to develop, implement, and manage projects with external collaborators such as sponsored studios and research initiatives;
  • A passion for teaching and support of the students’ educational experience;
  • A willingness to participate in student recruiting activities of the program;
  • A spirit of entrepreneurial initiative in pursuing a range of external partnerships, including traditional grant funding, industry, and funded studios;
  • Have demonstrated collegiality.

Required qualifications:
Terminal degree and one degree in interior architecture or interior design or related discipline.
Professional experience in design practice.
The ability to instruct undergraduate interior architecture studios.
NCIDQ Certification, or the ability to qualify and pass the exam by 2021.
"Both and" instructional integration and competency of digital and analog skills in the design studio classroom.

Desired qualifications:
Degree in interior design or interior architecture
Evidence as an effective instructor
Degrees in multiple disciplines
Studio based masters degree

Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Qualified candidates should send:
Please submit the following application materials in the form of a single PDF (not larger than 25 MB):

Cover letter of intent
Current curriculum vita
Statement of research/creative activity program and goals
Statement of teaching philosophy
Complete contact information for three references
Digital portfolio of your work
Digital portfolio your student’s work if applicable

Please submit electronic materials to:
Angela Stackhouse

For more information on the position please contact Liz Teston, Search Committee Chair,, 865-974-3424.

For more information on the College of Architecture + Design see:

For additional positions in the School of Interior Architecture and the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee please see:

  • The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

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Contact Information

  • Liz Teston
    School of Interior Architecture, College of Architecture and Design
    University of Tennessee Knoxville
    Art + Architecture Building
    1715 Volunteer Blvd. #224
    Knoxville, TN 37996
  • 865-974-3424


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