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Assistant or Associate Professor, Interior Design

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Professional Fields, Architecture & Urban Planning
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Working Title:

Assistant or Associate Professor, Interior Design


College of Architecture-0896

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Description of Work:

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture invites applicants for a full-time, nine-month faculty position in Interior Design at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor or associate professor effective fall 2024. We are seeking passionate design educators who are committed to offering creative and critical design studios. We are looking for someone who values design excellence and whose work and experiences offer inspiring, forward-thinking, and relevant perspectives on discipline-specific issues that advance interior design practice and processes. These perspectives should map to potential research agendas that are able to influence unique teaching and learning opportunities in our curriculum. The Interior Design faculty at UNL supports a CIDA-accredited undergraduate program and positively contributes to the College of Architecture’s overall culture and value to be “united by the transformative power of design.”
Candidates should be versed in the discipline of Interior Architecture and/or Design and desire to be part of a collegial team of faculty dedicated to the advancement of an interdisciplinary college within a land-grant institution. We aim to identify candidates whose work and missions in teaching and research will contribute to the Interior Design program’s mission and values: “Ideate. Fabricate. Communicate. Permeate”, which act as curricular threads throughout the core curriculum’s studios and electives. The nature of these missions are “live” and malleable, able to expand and contract in different trajectories that map to various interests of our faculty and students, allowing us the flexibility to explore emerging territories so we remain relevant and inquisitive. For more information about our mission and values visit ID MISSIONS and VALUES.
A typical teaching load is a 2:2 course assignment, which includes one 5-credit studio and one core elective or seminar each semester. Seminar courses are often related to the faculty member’s creative activity/research mission and provide a platform to co-create knowledge with students. Each faculty member is expected to contribute through the teaching of at least one core ID curriculum course each year. Specific contributions to the interior design curriculum will include some variation of the following teaching assignment:

  • Undergraduate design studio instruction in the 2nd, 3rd, and/or 4th year of the curriculum in the Fall and Spring Semester.
  • Instruction of at least one core ID curriculum course, in one of the following topic areas: Visual Representation & Ideation Processes, Healthy Interior Environments, Construction Documentation, Material Studies, Professional Practice, Building Systems (Lighting & Acoustics, Ventilation, Codes) or History/Theory.
  • An opportunity to develop an inter-disciplinary seminar course in their research area for both undergraduate and possibly graduate level students enrolled in the College of Architecture, and when appropriate, to students across campus.

The College of Architecture’s intellectual environment thrives because of our diverse perspectives, dynamic close-knit community, and pursuit of meaningful impact. The Interior Design Program is driven by a mission to elevate disciplinary roles through our teaching, research/creative activity, and service. Because of this, we ask that all applicants provide a teaching and creative activity/research statement. The teaching statement should outline one’s teaching interest, philosophy, and provide explanation of how the candidate sees themself contributing to our Interior Design program’s mission and values through teaching. The research and/or creative activity statement should illustrate how the candidate will contribute to the program’s mission, or the discipline of Interior Design, and/or the land-grant mission of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. If appropriate, this research/creative activity statement should also touch on how this agenda might influence teaching activities. General expectations for research and creative activity would be the productive growth and achievement of funding, the dissemination of new knowledge, and/or peer-reviewed recognitions, honors, awards, or exhibitions. The successful candidate will demonstrate and articulate their future scholarly mission and plans to contribute to the advancement of the field of interior design through teaching and research/creative activity. The rank of the position will be determined based on their current academic position and/or professional experience.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) seeks to achieve a working and learning environment that is open to all people. Diversity is the hallmark of great institutions of learning. The College of Architecture is a creative community that fosters mutual respect, trust, and open discourse. We value including and empowering each individual within a diverse, enriching community and share a commitment to effective organizational culture, responsible citizenship, and shared governance. We (UNL and the College of Architecture) actively seek to establish dignity and respect for each individual member of our community and realize our success depends on it.

College of Architecture’s mission is to create a resilient, healthy, and beautiful world within a diverse and inclusive culture of rigorous inquiry and innovation, united by the transformative power of planning and design. College of Architecture’s intellectual environment thrives because of our diverse perspectives, dynamic close-knit community, and pursuit of meaningful impact.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants 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

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Interior Design, or a closely related field.
  • NCIDQ Certified, or eligible to become NCIDQ qualified.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one degree in Interior Design such as a Bachelor of Science in Design-Interior Design (BSD), Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Design (BIAD), or Bachelor of Arts (BA), Focus in Interior Design.
  • 1-3 years of experience in teaching and/or working in a design-related field.
  • A strong record of professional and/or student design work that demonstrates design excellence, including the conceptualization, realization, and application of design ideas. This will be evident in the submitted portfolio.
  • Demonstrated success and experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts professionally in practice and/or through teaching, research, or service efforts.

Work Location (City, State):

Lincoln, NE

Criminal History Background Check Required:


How to Apply:

Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A teaching philosophy/statement, which should include:
    • The candidate’s teaching interests specific to UNL.
    • How the candidate sees themselves contributing to the UNL Interior Design program mission(s).
    • The candidate’s approach to equity and inclusivity in teaching.
  2. A research/creative activity statement describing areas of interest and how candidate envisions their contributions to the college, program, discipline, and/or missions of a land-grant university.
  3. A full curriculum vitae.
  4. Online 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.
  5. Contact information for three references (mail, telephone, and email).
Combine the teaching and research statements (items 1 and 2) into a single document and attach as “Other Document.”

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Direct interest and questions to Associate Professor Nate Bicak, search committee chair,

Job Category (old):

Faculty Tenure/Tenure Leading

Job Type:

9 Month

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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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