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Assistant Professor of Practice, Beginning Design

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

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Professional Fields, Architecture & Urban Planning
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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The faculty of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture invites applicants to be a part of a design school within a land-grant institution where faculty merge teaching, research, creative activity, and service to the university and community. We seek highly motivated candidates, versed in the design disciples with evidence of significant accomplishment in professional or speculative practice. Successful candidates should deeply value excellence in design, collaboration, and have a passion for teaching and innovation. This is a non-tenure track, full-time appointment of which at least 80% is dedicated to consistent teaching in Design Thinking and Design Making within the d.ONE core curriculum which also includes Design History, Design Drawing, and Computer Applications. 


The d.ONE core curriculum serves as the foundation for Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Interior Design in the College. Along with teaching, the successful candidate will be the primary coordinator for Design Thinking and Design Making. Coordination responsibilities may include onboarding new instructors, developing syllabi and assignments, holding regular meetings with the d.ONE teaching team, and communicating with the 2nd-year studio faculty. The candidate will closely correspond with the d.ONE core team and instructors to ensure appropriate breadth, depth, and consistency in the courses. 


Uniting degree programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Community & Regional Planning, and various minors including Product Design, the College of Architecture promotes cross-disciplinary collaboration while maintaining a commitment to professional education, student performance, and service to the future of its constituent professions. The successful candidate must be committed to interdisciplinary teaching, collaboration, and a contextual, cross-disciplinary approach to design, with expertise in building and maintaining relationships with a diverse range of faculty, staff, students, and community members.


Required Qualifications 


  • Terminal degree in a design-related field or equivalent professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Strong design work evidenced through a portfolio.
  • Experience teaching and/or working in a design-related field.
  • Familiarity with digital and analogue workflows of design.
  • Coordination, management, and/or leadership skills.


Review of submissions will begin February 10, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, go to, requisition F_210235. Complete the Faculty/Academic Administrative form and attach the following documents:

  1. A brief statement addressing your qualifications and interests in beginning design education. 
  2. A brief statement outlining your approach to equity and inclusion in teaching and/or research and creative activity/professional work. 
  3. A full curriculum vitae.
  4. Portfolio (25 pages max) containing examples of student design work completed in your studios and classes, personal creative activity, scholarship, research, and/or professional work related to area of focus. 
  5. Contact information for three references (mail, telephone, and email).

Please note, the statements (items 1 and 2) will need to be combined into one document 

Direct interest and questions to Assistant Professor Nate Bicak, search committee chair, [email protected]


As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See


Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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