University of Arkansas

Assistant Professor of Interior Design (tenure-track)


University of Arkansas, Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design, Department of Interior Design

Application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at :    job posting R0001752.  (Do not send application materials to Search Committee Chair.) 


The Department of Interior Design at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, University of Arkansas, seeks individuals interested in leading innovative and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching, scholarship, history and theory, emerging technologies, multimodal design strategies and/or social equity through design. The successful candidate will join a vibrant team of faculty in a department growing in stature and national recognition to forge a diverse culture of thinking and making within the existing professional undergraduate curriculum. In addition, resources are available to support the new faculty member’s research, creative scholarship and/or creative practice.

The Fay Jones School’s emphasis on collaborative design education is aimed at preparing students to address contemporary challenges and issues of imperative value to the state, nation and world. The school has diverse resources available in its award-winning building and state-of-the-art fabrication facilities. The U of A Community Design Center, the U of A Resiliency Center, Garvan Woodland Gardens, and the Anthony Center for Design and Materials Innovation by the Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Grafton Architects, provide for a range of teaching and scholarship activities. There also are opportunities to take advantage of the School’s external relationships with institutions and programs such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Momentary, and the Walton Arts Center.

The school has initiated a Master of Design Studies program with concentrations in Resiliency Design, Retail and Hospitality Design, and Integrated Wood Design. Additional concentrations in Preservation Design, and Wellness Design are in the approval stage. Successful candidates may have demonstrated ability to contribute to these post-professional degree concentrations.

We, the faculty and staff of the Fay Jones School, are committed to having faculty, staff, and a student body that reflects the diversity of the state and nation.  We understand we can only fulfill our mission in education to the state and nation by working towards this goal. Our school is currently engaged in the short to long term planning and immediate implementation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative.  The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design and the Department of Interior Design actively seek and invite underrepresented individuals to apply for this position.  Please refer to our website for more information:

Interested candidates are invited to submit their qualifications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor Individuals with a wide and varied range of design practices, research/creative interests, and/or professional experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Terminal graduate degree in interior design / interior architecture, or design-related discipline
  • An active or developing research, scholarship or creative activity agenda
  • Excellent body of creative design work
  • Excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated success working collaboratively
  • Demonstrated commitment to the interior design profession and discipline


  • One or more degrees in interior design / interior architecture
  • Demonstrated ability to employ current best teaching practices leading studios and lectures/seminars
  • Ability to address issues of contemporary design-inquiry teaching studios and lectures/seminars
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications, creative scholarship, and/or critical practice
  • Ability to teach digitally integrated and comprehensive design studios
  • Ability to contribute to the School’s post-professional degree concentrations
  • Desire to advocate for interior design education and professional practice
  • Success working in multidisciplinary teaching teams and/or design practice
  • NCIDQ certification (or the ability to complete the exam prior to tenure)

Note: Uniquely qualified candidates with strength in areas other than those listed as “preferred”, and ABD candidates, will be considered.

Application materials must be uploaded to the U of A’s employment system at or

job posting R0001752.  (Do not send application materials to Search Committee Chair.) 


Assistant Professor (tenure-track):  Teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, pursuing peer-reviewed scholarly and creative inquiry, and providing service to the department, school, university, and community are foundational expectations. The standard tenure-track faculty workload is 65% teaching, 25% research, scholarship or creative activity and 10% service. The typical tenure-track faculty teaching assignment is one studio and one lecture/seminar per semester. This Assistant Professor will lead studio and classroom instruction, create curriculum material, construct syllabi, assess student knowledge and skills, advise students, and provide other scholastic achievement guidance.


Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.