Visiting Instructor in Interior Design

Indiana, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 05, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Art and Design invites applications for a Visiting Instructor position in Interior Design beginning Fall 2021. This position will teach all levels of undergraduate Interior Design courses, participate in departmental meetings, and engage with the greater academic and professional communities.

A Master’s degree in Interior Design or related field with a minimum of three years teaching experience in a college or university setting as well as industry experience in interior design/architectural practice experience is preferred. Or, a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design or closely related field, experience in university/college teaching, a minimum of five or more years of professional practice in the design field and active NCIDQ certification.  Preference will be given to candidates who have three or more years of professional practice experience, university/college teaching experience, and demonstrated versatility in studio instruction from foundational to advanced level courses. Other preferred qualifications include successful completion of the NCIDQ examination and professional memberships in interior design professional organizations.

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, 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 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 seven tenured, two tenure-track faculty, four senior lecturers, one lecturer, and thirteen limited-term lecturers. The Department of Art and Design enrolls more than 300 majors in curricula leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Design; Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentrations in Graphic Design, Imaging and Photography, Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Metalsmithing, Ceramics, Sculpture; Bachelor of Arts in Art Education; and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. 

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 688‐acre campus in Fort Wayne is home to over 7,000 degree‐seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Through PFW’s partnerships with area high schools, almost 3,000 high school students take dual‐credit 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

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 February 15, 2021, 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 finalists will be expected to do a virtual 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.