Assistant Professor - Interior Design - #202834

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Posting NumberFAC360PQuick Link for Internal Postings TitleAssistant ProfessorWorking TitleAssistant Professor - Interior Design - #202834DepartmentSchool of Art & DesignPosition Summary

Due to the tremendous growth of the program, the School of Art and Design at Western Carolina University is seeking to fill a newly established position of Assistant Professor for a full time, nine-month, tenure track position in the Interior Design Program, effective August 2020. Western Carolina University is nestled in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, and only 45 minutes from Asheville, one of the premier creative and cultural centers in the southeast. Responsibilities will include teaching undergraduate level studio and lecture courses and participation in faculty activities within the Interior Design Program, School of Art and Design, the David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts, and University. Activities may include but are not limited to curriculum discussions and development, recruitment and retention of students, adherence with CIDA and NASAD guidelines, and student advising.

Applicants should have expertise in one or more of the following areas: design fundamentals, CADD technical expertise, history of interior design, interior materials, construction documents, building systems, human factors, and/or commercial design.

The Interior Design Program in the School of Art & Design is dynamic, interactive, and continually evolving. Both the college and the Interior Design Program pursue an innovative curriculum that aims to simultaneously develop disciplinary knowledge, establish scholarship, as well as integrate skills and core topics essential for the professional practice of interior design. The Interior Design Program is CIDA and NASAD accredited.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a community-engaged university designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and has adopted the Boyer Model of Scholarship to support its commitment to integrated learning and the scholarship of engagement. Potential candidates who demonstrate a commitment to community engagement through teaching, service, and scholarship are highly encourage to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this PositionMinimum Qualifications

•MFA, Master of Arts or Master of Science in Interior Design, Master of Architecture, or related terminal design degree earned by the start date
•NCIDQ certification
•Evidence of successful scholarship, teaching and/or professional practice

Preferred Qualifications

•Proficiency in AutoCAD Architecture, Revit and Adobe Creative Suite
•Ability to teach foundational art and design classes
•Experience in professional practice and teaching
•Record of creative practice and design-research
•Versed in the discipline of Interior Design
•LEED, NCARB, and/or CKD/CBD certification
•Familiarity with CIDA accreditation guidelines and processes
•Current and active professional Interior Design practice and/or other creative activities

Position TypePermanent Full-TimeNumber of Hours Per WeekNumber of Months Per Year9 Posting Text

Open Date10/08/2019Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Applications must be made online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted. The completed application must include the following attachments:
•Letter of application
•Unofficial transcripts
•Curriculum vitae
•A statement outlining professional experience, design-research goals, and teaching philosophy
•Contact information for three professional references
•E-Portfolio (of professional projects and student work from courses taught) or a link to portfolio webpage

For questions or additional information, please contact Erin Adams (Search Chair) at [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. List of references
  6. Portfolio
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    Posted: 10/9/2019
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