Asst Professor

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. We are growing with the DFW region, enrolling a record 47,000+ students across our system and awarding nearly 12,000 degrees each year.

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Asst Professor




College of Visual Arts and Design

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Department Summary:

The Program:
The Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited Interior Design program is housed in the Design Department within the College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD). There are approximately 240 Interior Design Majors; the program graduates an average of 36 BFA candidates annually.

The Interior Design program is a studio-strong program and emphasizes the fusion of technology, research, aesthetics and practical skills through interdisciplinary experiences. Maximizing our proximity to Dallas, a regional market center for interior design, we educate creative, informed and employable designers within the context of an active and supportive professional community.

The College:
Considered one of the leading visual arts and design schools in the nation, UNT’s College of Visual Arts and Design is home to more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students in NASAD and CIDA accredited programs including the BA, BFA, MA, and MFA in art education, art history, ceramics, communication design, drawing and painting, fashion design, interaction design, interdisciplinary art and design studies, interior design, metalsmithing and jewelry, new media art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and user-experience design, with certification offered in art museum education, and a Ph.D. offered in art education. It includes the Department of Art Education, Department of Art History, Department of Design, Foundations Program, Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies Program, and Department of Studio Art.

Faculty are supported by travel, research, and creative project funding from the college and university. Opportunities include those supported by Scholarly and Creative Activity Awards, small grants, and the university’s Institute for the Advancement of the Arts. College faculty enjoy active collaborations with specialized subject matter librarians, opportunities for teaching and research through UNT library special collections, and partnerships with the university’s Center for Learning, Experimentation, Application, and Research.

The UNT Faculty Mentoring Program provides new faculty with support and resources for successful academic careers. UNT is committed to a culture of mentoring excellence in all areas that impact faculty life. Building a network of mentors is foundational to our success and UNT is home to Employee Resource Groups, such as the Black Faculty Network, International Faculty Network, LaColectiva, and the Neurodiversity Professional Network, supported by the university’s Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

Offering instruction in Frisco and Dallas as well as at the main Denton campus, the College of Visual Arts and Design also comprises the CVAD galleries, Texas Fashion Collection, Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design, Gough Design Research Space, and textile and digital fabrication lab facilities that support student work, faculty research, as well as college, university, and broader constituents in recently built and renovated, state-of-the-art facilities.

A nationally and internationally recognized community of faculty provides students with excellent mentors and role models upon which to pattern their careers. The College of Visual Arts and Design is dedicated to creating a climate and curriculum that values, demonstrates, and affirms diversity, equity, and inclusion through its programs and practices. Additional information about the college and university can be found online: and

The University:
Established in 1890, University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university with over 40,000 students. A Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university, and multi-year recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, UNT is one of the nation’s most diverse universities with more than 10,000 Hispanic students, 6,000 African American students, 3700 international students, 3,300 Asian/Pacific Islander students, and 500 Indigenous students.

UNT has been designated as both a Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution and stands committed to building upon its foundation of equity, diversity, and inclusion in its pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence. Located in Denton, TX at the northern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the college and university foster meaningful and socially-responsible partnerships with organizations throughout the DFW area.

As part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Denton provides access to rich cultural offerings and excellent research and professional opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. With 7.5 million people and two international airports, DFW is the fourth-largest metro area in the United States. DFW is racially, ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse and maintains a long-standing commitment to the arts. The Dallas Arts District is the largest contiguous arts district in the country and includes performing and visual arts institutions including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Crow Museum of Asian Art. The Fort Worth Cultural District includes the Amon Carter Museum, Kimbell Art Museum, and Modern Art Museum.

Denton is home to two state universities (UNT and Texas Woman’s University) and an active Greater Denton Arts Council, which provides foundational support for Denton’s artists, K-12 students, and other local arts organization and mounts exhibitions and programs at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. Denton is also known for its known for its live music scene, including the Denton Arts & Jazz and Arts Festival, among other annual cultural events, such as the Denton Black Film Festival and identity-based organizations with whom UNT partners, such as OUTReach Denton and Dallas Dinner Table.

Position Summary:

The Department of Design at The University of North Texas (UNT) seeks a candidate in human-centered design and/or evidence-based design with a commitment to excellence in teaching, research and professional practice in Interior Design.

The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses in our Interior Design program. Teaching responsibilities will include design studios, professional practice, building environmental systems, and detailing and graduate level research seminars. The current standard annual teaching load prior to the submission of the tenure dossier is 2/2. A successful candidate will be expected to develop a teaching portfolio and a creative/scholarly research agenda conducted in human-centered and/or evidence-based design.

Additional responsibilities include mentoring students, both undergraduate and graduate, service to the college and university, professional development, and continued enhancement of the design department, which is housed in a Carnegie Tier One Research University and Hispanic-Serving Institution.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have:
1) MS/MA in Interior Design, or M.Arch, or a terminal degree (PhD, MFA, MDES) in Interior Design or a closely related field at time of appointment and,
2) Evidence of professional design experience in interior design in human-centered and/or evidence-based design.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) A record of creative/scholarly work.
2) College-level teaching experience as an instructor of record.
3) A National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certificate or the commitment to achieve NCIDQ certification during the tenure probationary period.
4) Proficiency in computer aided design software.
5) Engaged in professional networks and a professional association representing interior design and the built environment.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to communicate

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Submit the following materials via online submission:
•Curriculum vitae

Contact Info:
Phillip Park, Ph.D.
Interior Design Search Committee Chair
College of Visual Arts & Design
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #305100
Denton, Texas 76203-5017
E-mail: [email protected]

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Posted: 4/24/2021
Application Due: 7/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time