University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Assistant/Associate Professor – Interior Architecture, Fall 2024


The School of Interior Architecture invites applications for the 2024 Interior Architecture Tenure-track-full-time; the nine-month position will be awarded based on experience and promise of excellence to a candidate with focus or established evidence in teaching and research or creative activity. The appointment will be an Assistant or Associate Professor in the School of Interior Architecture at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design. The position begins August 1, 2024, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. We seek a collaborative candidate with innovative research or creative activity with progressive teaching agendas in interior architecture. The ability to teach in a design studio and experience with digital technologies is required. Current areas of interest in the school are:

Integrated technologies (e.g., interactive media, intelligent design, etc.); building systems (e.g., materials, furniture, lighting, acoustics, etc.); computer-aided construction technologies and graphic representation (e.g. Revit, Rhino, Maya, Blender, Unity, etc.); digital fabrication and robotics; healthcare and wellness; evidence-based design; universal design; workplace strategies; and sustainability. Candidates with areas of interest not listed above are encouraged to apply.

We seek applicants who can contribute and go beyond established knowledge and methods that ultimately expand and diversify contributions to our scholarly and pedagogical community.

About the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the flagship campus of The University of Tennessee. The University of Tennessee holds the Carnegie Foundation Research 1 designation, granted to doctoral universities with very high research activity. Serving the state and nation as a land-grant university and as Volunteers are integral to the university’s mission. UT enrolls approximately 33,805 students at its Knoxville campus. The University culture is guided by adherence to core values that define the Volunteer spirit, including seeking knowledge, leading with innovation and integrity, advancing diversity and inclusion, engaging locally and globally, and embracing responsible stewardship of resources.

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who can contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the university.

About the School of Interior Architecture

The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture within a highly competitive professional program, attracting over 600 first-year applicants across the United States in 2023. There are approximately 45 students in each cohort year, with the total number of students in the program equaling about 192. The school is located in the College of Architecture and Design with the School of Architecture, School of Landscape Architecture, and School of Design; we share the building with the School of Art. The position offers rich opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration. The school is distinguished with recent national and international student and faculty awards, including Highly Commended in the International 2017 Undergraduate Awards and four consecutive years of students placing first and second in the national Gensler Scholarship. The Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited the program. DesignIntelligence ranked the school 11th “Most hired from” among comparable universities.

About the Tenure-Track Job Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant or Associate Professor rank is a full-time, tenure-track appointment. The candidate will demonstrate a combined contribution of teaching, creative activity/research, and service. Creative activity or research will demonstrate a method that broadens the discipline of Interior Architecture. Research/creative activities will be incorporated into instructional assignments, allowing undergraduate students to learn from advanced research or creative methods. A typical instructional assignment is a studio and a lecture/seminar teaching a semester in all undergraduate interior architecture curriculum levels. Reduced teaching for two semesters of only 3 credit hours of instruction may be provided during the tenure-track period.


Required Qualifications for Associate Professor

  • Demonstrated success with established research or creative activity on the national level or significant recognition in professional practice including national awards or equivalent distinguished work.

Required Qualifications Assistant Professor and Associate Professor

  • Terminal degree in your field of study
  • At least one degree in interior architecture, interior design, architecture, or related discipline
  • The ability to instruct undergraduate interior architecture studios.
  • And instructional integration and competency of digital and analog skills in the design studio/classroom
  • A commitment to developing progressive teaching strategies and advancing pedagogical methods to meet learners with empathy and standards of excellence.
  • Ability to contribute to a collegial and collaborative working environment.
  • Commitment to incorporate into their research and teaching equity and inclusion.

Desired Qualifications

  • Degrees in multiple disciplines
  • Passed NCIDQ or qualify and pass the NCIDQ within the first two years of the position.
  • Demonstrated peer-reviewed research, competition awards, or design awards.
  • Demonstrated success teaching design studios.
  • Studio-based master’s degree or equivalent significant contributions to design practice
  • Professional experience in an architecture office or design firm
  • Application Instructions
  • Designers and academics from various allied design professions and disciplines who are interested in operating in an educational capacity and can demonstrate significant engagement with interior architecture are encouraged to apply. Initial Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, submit the following materials on Interfolio at Please email David Matthews (, Professor, and Chair of the Tenure-track search committee, with any questions using the subject line TT Professor Position.

  • A cover letter that describes qualifications and interest in the University of Tennessee and the School of Interior Architecture.
  • Curriculum Vita or Resume
  • One-page Statement of Proposed Research or Creative Activity Goals
  • One-page teaching philosophy
  • Complete contact information for three references
  • A digital portfolio of work is limited to 20 pages in a single PDF (include examples of student work if you have previous teaching experience) don’t hesitate to get in touch with the committee chair if you need to provide a portfolio format that supports multimedia, video, or sound.

For more information on the College of Architecture and Design, see:

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Requests for accommodations of a disability should be directed to the Office of Equity & Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3560 or or (865)974-2498. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Investigation & Resolution 216 Business Incubator Building 2450 E.J. Chapman Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 or (865)974-0717 or