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Assistant Professor in the School of Interiors
University of Kentucky

Date Posted Jan. 25, 2023
Title Assistant Professor in the School of Interiors
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 8N500:Sch of Interiors:Planning/Strategy/Desig
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Design - Interior Design
The School of Interiors in the College of Design at the University of Kentucky is seeking a Regular Title Series (tenure eligible) Assistant Professor who is passionate about design education and practice and who thinks broadly about its capacity and application.

We are open to candidates with a wide range of specializations, including endeavors that expand traditional definitions. While a research agenda and teaching experience in higher education is preferred, experiences not conventional to academic settings are also considered valuable.

As an Assistant Professor and tenure-track member of the School of Interiors faculty, the selected candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate-level studio courses and lecture/seminar courses; mentor graduate student thesis projects and be an active presence in the school as well as the design community by collaborating with campus and community partners. As a land-grant institution, university and professional service are an expectation. Research, design, teaching experience and an understanding of curriculum focused on interiors is desired. This position is a 9-month appointment with an anticipated start date of August 1, 2023.

Joining the College of Design School of Interiors provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic and collaborative educator to help the school meet its mission by inspiring future design talent and promoting a culture of inclusion and equity through excellent teaching, scholarly research and/or creative work, as well as exemplary service. In our 50th year as a program, the School of Interiors is poised for significant growth and change as we look ahead to a state-of-the-art facility, designed by world-renowned architect and MacArthur Fellow, Jeanne Gang, which we will occupy along with the rest of the College and Landscape Architecture. Within this context, the school aspires to improve rich academic traditions within a rigorous design curriculum through support of diverse individuals and intellectual approaches.
Applicants must share the University of Kentucky’s commitment to inclusive excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society as evidenced by the university’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion implementation plan:
The University of Kentucky provides comprehensive benefits which are fully described at

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; review of applications will begin on February 1. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Helen Turner, Director of the School of Interiors: or Jennie Boyd, Faculty Resource Manager: or (859) 257-6935. For more information about the College of Design and the University of Kentucky, please visit:

Please apply directly via the UK Jobs system at
. A complete application must include and will be evaluated based on the following materials:

⋅ A cover letter that includes a description of the ways in which your past or current teaching, research/scholarship, mentorship, and/or community service have supported values of diversity and inclusivity.
⋅ A current curriculum vitae or resume highlighting relevant academic and/or professional experience
⋅ Sample/s of scholarly or creative work, 10 pages max. (Specific Request 1)
⋅ Example/s of teaching or professional experience, 10 pages max. (Specific Request 2)

Please provide the names and contact information for at least three references when prompted in the application. This information will be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

About the School of Interiors

The School of Interiors aims to create the next generation of designers who are committed to serving a range of individuals and communities with distinct voices. Acknowledging that well designed environments begin with empathy, we strive to create an authentic culture that celebrates creative and personal self-expression. As a member of the state’s flagship institution, we pledge to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed and valued, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion.

As the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s premier CIDA-accredited undergraduate Interior Design program, which was reviewed in 2021 and deemed in compliance with CIDA professional standards, the UK College of Design School of Interiors offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interiors: Planning, Strategy, Design as well as a two-year and a three-year Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design. Across these programs, students apply their learnings to a broad range of disciplines and fields, shaped by a broad and cross-cultural understanding of how human beings experience space. The interdisciplinary composition of the faculty, who participate in research, teaching, and practice, enables the school to fulfill the University’s Land Grant Mission by delivering exceptional design education.
The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of all underrepresented groups and individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations (e.g., racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identification, etc.).

The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.

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