Lecturer and Adjunct Assistant Professor

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Employer:
Knoxville, TN, USLocation:
Fri, Feb 1 '19Posted on:

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, non-tenure track (renewable, year to year based on performance)faculty position at the rank of Lecturer and Adjunct Assistant Professorto 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 meaningful ways to the 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.

Lecturer and Adjunct Assistant Professorof 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 and the community, and to prepare students for a professional practice. This position is for candidates who are interested in developing a career as a master teacher. 

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 a 75% teaching, 20% communications and recruitment, and 5% service work load assignment. Communications and recruitment includes the design and production of school exhibits, print  and electronic documents, and social media promotion. The candidate will also contribute to the development of undergraduate minors and a future graduate curriculum. 

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 in the classroom, an ability to advance the college’s reputation, nationally and internationally;
  • 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.;
  • 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, 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 are currently under review 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

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

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