Job Description
Req Id:  28208
Job Title:  Assistant Professor of Practice in Interior Design
City:  Fort Wayne
Job Description: 

Job Summary

The Department of Art and Design invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice beginning Fall 2024. This position will teach all levels of undergraduate Interior Design courses, participate in departmental meetings, advise students, and engage with the greater academic and professional communities. This position reports to the chair of the Department of Art and Design.


A Master’s or PhD. degree in Interior Design or related field with a minimum of 3-5 years teaching experience in a college or university setting. Your application should address you  industry experience in interior design/architectural practice and NCIDQ certification as well as any professional practice experience, university/college teaching experience, and versatility in studio instruction from foundational to advanced level courses. Please also address communication skills, both written and oral, knowledge and experience with CIDA accreditation, memberships in interior design professional organizations and the ability to work effectively with, and expand, outside constituencies including, but not limited to, alumni, Interior Design Advisory Board, and industry professionals. 

Professional knowledge must include design theories, programming, residential and commercial design, building code and building systems. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in several design software including but not limited to AutoCAD, SketchUp, Revit and Photoshop and the ability to teach courses using the design-oriented software. This position will teach in one or more of the following areas:  design studio course, interior materials, lighting and color, professional practice, drawing techniques, interior history, and design software. This position will be required to engage with undergraduate students in lecture and studio settings, face to face as well as online, providing support and critical feedback in their instruction and evaluation of student work. It is essential that the candidate be willing to learn and adopt University Learning Management System (Brightspace), and to integrate appropriate digital technologies into the teaching and learning process. Position is contingent upon available funding and satisfactory background check.

The Department

The Department of Art and Design is a vibrant department of active art professionals and scholars and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  Housed in the well-equipped Visual Arts Building, students benefit from studying with artistically active faculty who exhibit regionally, nationally, and internationally.  The department is staffed by nine tenured, one tenure-track faculty, four senior lecturers, one lecturer, and six limited-term lecturers. The Department of Art and Design enrolls more than 300 majors in curricula leading to a Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art with concentrations in Drawing, Ceramics, Imaging and Photography, Painting, Printmaking, Metalsmithing, Sculpture; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Web Design with elective studies in Information Technology, Bachelor of Arts in Art Education; and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. 

The University

Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) is the largest university in northeast Indiana, offering 25 graduate and over 100 prestigious Purdue University undergraduate degrees and certificates. More than 10,000 students of diverse ages, races and nationalities belong to the PFW family. The 594acre campus in Fort Wayne is home to over 7,000 degreeseeking undergraduate and graduate students. Through PFW’s partnerships with area high schools, almost 3,000 high school students take dualcredit courses, simultaneously earning both high school and college credits. PFW is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Learn more about us at

Application Process

The department is committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including research, teaching, and service/engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests, or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Review of application materials will start on November 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, List of publications of scholarly work or portfolio demonstrating creative activities, and professional practice (save as a single PDF file with 20 images maximum), if applicable, a website or pdf with a portfolio of your work (20 images) and pdf portfolio of student work (20 images) and contact information for three references to  All candidates invited for a campus interview will be expected to do a 45-60 minute instructional student presentation. 

Purdue Fort Wayne is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Purdue University Fort Wayne will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Posting Start Date:  9/8/23