The University of Tennessee – Knoxville is hiring a Assistant Professor of Practice Fellowship in Knoxville, TN, US – Archinect


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School of Interior Architecture, College of Architecture and Design, University of Tennessee Knoxville / Interior Architecture Fellow, Assistant Professor of Practice

The School of Interior Architecture invites applications for the 2020 fellowship. The full time (1.0 FTE), nine-month position, is to be awarded for 1- 3 years (based on experience and / or promise of excellence) to somebody at or near the beginning of a teaching career. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Interior Architecture at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design in Knoxville. The position begins August 1, 2021 and salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture within in a highly competitive professional program attracting over 400 first year applicants across the United States. There are approximately 40-50 students in each cohort year, with the total number of students in the program equaling approximately 140. The school is located in the College of Architecture and Design with the School of Architecture, School of Landscape Architecture, School of Design, and 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 program was reaccredited by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) in spring of 2018. DesignIntelligence ranked the school 11th “Most hired from” among comparable universities.

Interior Architecture Fellow Job duties and Responsibilities

Fellows are engaged in a fulltime position and will pursue teaching and design research, creative scholarship, or a critical project that broadens the discipline. The Fellowship also requires a presentation and exhibit of the design research, supported by a modest research fund. This will be a full-time, non-tenure track appointment. The fellowship recognizes outstanding design educators who link design activity and studio instruction in the discipline of interior architecture. A typical instructional assignment is 75% teaching a semester in all levels of the undergraduate interior architecture curriculum. The teaching load will be reduced by one course to 50% the final semester to allow for the final development of the project exhibition and presentation.

This position presents a unique opportunity for candidates who have an interest in:

  • Practice-based research / business and entrepreneurship
  • Evidence-based design
  • Revit
  • Integrated technologies (arduino, VR, etc.)
  • Neuroscience, eye tracking, EEG scans, etc.
  • Color / Materiality / LEED
  • Storytelling: Graphic / 4-d (time based) representation
  • Lighting
  • Workplace strategies
  • Or other research areas

Required qualifications:

  • Terminal degree and one degree in interior architecture or interior design or architecture or related discipline.
  • The ability to instruct undergraduate interior architecture studios.
  • “Both and” instructional integration and competency of digital and analog skills in the design studio classroom.
  • Professional experience in an architecture office, design firm or evidence of an emerging research agenda
  • Ability to thrive in a collegial and collaborative working environment
  • Commitment to incorporate into their research and teaching equity and inclusion

Desired qualifications:

  • Degrees in multiple disciplines
  • Demonstrated potential for successful peer-reviewed research, competition awards, or design awards
  • Studio based master’s degree


Designers from a range of allied design professions and disciplines who are interested in operating in an educational capacity and can demonstrate a significant engagement with interior architecture are encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin on April 15th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

 How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials in the form of a single PDF (not larger than 25 MB):

  • Cover letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vita
  • One Page Statement of Proposed Fellowship Activity Program and Goals
  • Complete contact information for three references
  • Digital portfolio of your wor

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Please send materials to:

Jean Muether


For more information on the position please contact Hochung Kim, Search Committee Chair,

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