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.
MFA, Master of Arts or Master of Science in Interior Design, Master of Architecture, or related terminal design degree earned by the start date
Evidence of successful scholarship, teaching and/or professional practice
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
Special 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.