Assistant Professor - 9 month
Position DetailsPosition Information Posting Number F466P Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/30934 Working Title Assistant Professor - 9 month Department Interior Design About the University
Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,600 students with 200+ academic programs. U of A students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent all 50 states and 120 countries.
The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life. Arkansas is a natural wonder of forests, mountains and lakes framed by picturesque rivers and streams. Some of the best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are a short drive from campus.
As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.About the College/Department
INTERIOR DESIGN DEPARTMENT
Established 40 years ago, the Interior Design Department has more than 120 undergraduate students and a faculty with strong professional practice experience and broad based, scholarly research accomplishment. Graduates have had a 100% employment rate over the last four years at nationally and internationally recognized design firms from coast to coast. The accredited professional program requires and provides high-quality international education and cross-disciplinary studio experiences. Overarching values guiding the faculty are a commitment to a rigorous team-taught, process-driven design education, integration of research/creative activity into classroom teaching, assimilation of teamwork skills by our students, emphasis on inclusive environments, and the realization of sustainable design solutions. Students develop strong conceptual and spatial design and technical skills through experimentation, discovery, iteration, and invention.
Required practice-based internships in locations across the US and internationally build relationships between students and potential employers and produce sophisticated graduates capable of performing in a wide range of creative contexts. A supportive professional advisory board includes successful design leaders from across the country and assists the Department in achieving its goals and promoting the program.
International education in locations such as Rome, London, Mexico, and Scandinavia; regular studio-based field trips to national urban centers (Chicago, NYC, Dallas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, St. Louis, Kansas City); transdisciplinary collaboration; minors in sustainability, business, history and theory, and urban design; and graduate concentrations in retail and hospitality design, resiliency design, and pending approval from the ADHE preservation design, integrative wood design, and wellness design enrich students’ creative expression, deepen knowledge bases and cultural awareness, and build critical thinking skills. Student creativity and competency have been evidenced in the Gensler-Brinkmann Scholarship competition and recent awarding of three prestigious national Donghia scholarships as well as numerous ASID design awards.
FAY JONES SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN AND COMMUNITY
In addition to its CIDA-accredited, undergraduate degree in landscape architecture, the Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design includes highly regarded accredited professional programs in architecture and interior design and an award-winning Community Design Center.
International education is required for all students and established programs in Rome, Mexico City, and Scandinavia among other locations. These opportunities introduce students to interior environments, buildings, cities and landscapes very different from their own, enriching their design vocabulary and deepening their understanding of other cultures. A rigorous Honors program within the School engages exceptional students in experiential education that deepens classroom learning. The school’s honors curriculum targets students interested in independent exploration of topics related to the natural and built environment.
Students benefit further from diverse and committed alumni, a vibrant professional network, and the voices of leading design thinkers from around the globe. A robust lecture and growing workshop series bring nationally and internationally known practitioners, artists, authors and educators to the campus to share their projects and philosophies with students and faculty in all disciplines. Recently, Monica Ponce de Leon, Juhani Pallasmaa, Chris Reed, and Margie Ruddick have been among the leading thinkers to engage students in design discourse. Our existing professional and industry relationships and over 3000 alumni provide a robust professional network along with opportunities regionally and internationally.
The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design is located in Vol Walker Hall and the Steven L Anderson Design Center, an award-winning addition and renovation that affords exemplary learning environments for students, and an outstanding teaching and working facility for faculty and staff. Completed in 2013, the building has received numerous accolades including a 2018 AIA Honor Award for the work completed by Marlon Blackwell Architects and Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. The School’s state-of-the-art resources in computational design and design robotics as well as fabrication labs inform student and faculty making and design processes. The facility includes a Multimedia Center, Design Shop, Maker Lab, Materials Lab, exhibition gallery, and related lecture hall, classrooms and seminar spaces. Additionally, off-campus maker spaces, the U of A Community Design Center, U of A Resiliency Center, and the Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs (https://www.garvangardens.org/) expand teaching and research opportunities for both students and faculty.
The developing Windgate Art and Design District will provide for multiple facilities supporting the School of Architecture and Design and the School of Art. The University of Arkansas’ School of Art offers degrees in art education, art history, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture including a Master of Fine Arts.
The School is located in a rich architecture and design community. The work of Fay Jones and Edward Durrell Stone, along with the mid-century legacy found on the University of Arkansas campus and in the nearby region, establishes the historical legacy. The contemporary work of Marlon Blackwell Architects, Modus Studio, Marvel Architects, Wheeler Kearns Architects, Nelson Byrd Woltz, and SILO AR+D contribute to the distinctive regional and national dialogue about contemporary design.
In addition to outstanding architecture and design, there is an abiding commitment to the visual and performing arts. Northwest Arkansas is home to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Momentary, 21C Museum Hotel, Scott Family Amazeum, Walton Arts Center, Theater Squared, Arkansas Music Pavilion, and a host of nationally recognized art, music, and food venues enhancing quality of life for students and families. Nicknamed the Natural State, Arkansas boasts diverse outdoor activities in settings that include forest lands, limestone caves, rivers, and lakes protected in nearby state and national parks and wilderness areas.
Business diversity contributes to the economic vitality of the region. There are seven Fortune 500 companies located in Northwest Arkansas with Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, being the most notable. Additionally, more than 300 additional Fortune 500 companies have located satellite offices in the area. Entrepreneurs find equal ground, further diversifying this business environment. DataFox names Fayetteville the third best place to start a business. This business environment provides a depth of opportunity for career development and NWA was ranked second in Forbes’ “2017 Best Midsize Cities for Jobs.” Affordable living, economic opportunity, and social and cultural richness make Fayetteville an outstanding place to live, work, and study. Sperling’s Best Places Index lists Fayetteville’s cost of living as 91.4, almost 9 percent below the national average and the 2018 Business Insider identified Fayetteville as the fifth Best Place to Live in America. Fayetteville Public Schools are ranked No. 1 in Arkansas.
The Assistant Professor will be teaching at the undergraduate level and graduate levels, pursuing peer-reviewed scholarly and creative inquiry and providing service to the department, school, university, and community is foundational expectations. The typical teaching assignment is one studio and one lecture or seminar per semester. This tenure-track Assistant Professor position will lead studio and classroom instruction, create curriculum material, construct syllabi, assess student knowledge and skills, advise students, and provide other scholastic achievement guidance.Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
- Terminal graduate degree in interior design / interior architecture, or allied discipline such as graphic design, furniture design, architecture or landscape architecture conferred by the start of employment
- An active or developing research, scholarship or creative activity agenda
- Excellent body of creative design work
- Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills
- Experience working collaboratively
- One or more degrees in interior design / interior architecture
- Experience teaching innovative design studios and lectures/seminars
- Ability and desire to promote interior design education and professional practice
- Demonstrated success working in a multidisciplinary team
- Professional practice experience designing interior space
- Engagement in the professional design community
- NCIDQ certification (or the ability to complete the exam prior to tenure)
The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.
- Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
- Repetitive motion
Employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes. Employee is required to have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned (i.e., custodial, general laborer, lab personnel, etc.) or to make general observations of facilities or structures (i.e., security guard).Types of Background Checks Required National criminal background and registered sex offender check Pre-employment Screening Requirements
The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.Posting Detail Information Future Open Date Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Anticipated Start Date 08/12/2019 Anticipated End Date Recruitment Contact Information
Jennifer Webb, Ph.D.
Professor of Interior Design
Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design
1 University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
All application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at jobs.uark.edu. Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.Special Instructions Summary
An application may be accomplished in a two-step process. Initial submission including curriculum vitae, cover letter/letter of interest, and a list of contact information for three references are requested by December 17, 2018. To receive first consideration, full submission of all materials including a portfolio must be submitted by January 4, 2019.
Review of all completed applications will commence upon receipt and remain open until the position is filled.
Please include the following:
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Letter of Interest (2-page maximum)
The letter should clearly describe the candidate’s vision of interior design education and practice, and his/her approach to teaching, scholarship, and design. It should also describe the candidate’s academic and professional experience as it applies to the required and preferred qualifications listed above.
3. Names, titles, and contact information for three references (include email, telephone, and nature of association)
4. List of the previous courses taught with roles, responsibilities, and work samples (if applicable)
5. Portfolio (30 page maximum, 2.5GB maximum) in PDF format with select images of recent and relevant:
a) professional, scholarly, and creative work with associated project descriptions
b) student work completed under the direction of the applicant with associated project descriptions
c) abstracts for research papers/manuscripts (if appropriate)
Portfolios will be collected through uark.box.com.
Once you complete your application, you will receive an email in one to two business days with a link to upload your portfolio materials to uark.box.com. For questions or assistance with uploading your materials, please contact Human Resources at (479) 575-5351.
Official transcripts will be required from finalists.Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701. EEO Statement
The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.Internal Posting No Work Location Fayetteville, AR Supplemental Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- List of three Professional References (name, title, email address and contact number)
- Other Document
- Proof of Veterans Status