Interior Architecture Lecturer

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 9, 2023

Minimum $45,000 ACADEMIC (9 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Job Summary:

The Department of Design Studies is hiring lecturer positions to teach one or more of the following courses, or similar courses, for the undergraduate Interior Architecture program in the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters. The Interior Architecture program combines creativity and design, with social and physical sciences to provide students with the knowledge and tools to design revolutionary spaces and people-center environments.

DS 662: Interior Design III (Fall 2023)
This course focuses on the design of commercial interiors with emphasis on design process, programming, space planning, selection of interior materials, furniture, and lighting. A field trip is required.

DS 623: Interior Design IV (Spring 2024)
This course focuses on the design of commercial interiors with emphasis on acoustics, codes, costs, specifications, details, and visual presentation. A field trip is required.

It is expected that these courses will be taught in an in-person format during the Fall of 2023 and Spring of 2024, with the potential to continue teaching related courses in the Design Studies Department in the future.

Responsibilities: Facilitates classroom, online, and/or laboratory instruction and assists with instructional development and design for a single course or series of courses within an academic discipline to support the delivery of quality instruction. Provides for-credit instruction in formats such as classroom, online and/or laboratory settings, including grading. Serves as an instructor of record.
  • 80% Facilitates classroom, online and/or laboratory instruction for one or more courses, including assessment of student performance
  • 5% Develops instructional design and curriculum relevant to a course of instruction
  • 15% Serves as an initial point of contact for students as it relates to specific course or series content and expectations
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Master's Degree
We are seeking candidates who have a graduate degree (MS, MA, M. Arch, or MFA) with at least one undergraduate or graduate degree from interior design, architecture, and other allied fields.


Qualified candidates will have the following skills and abilities:
- Professional experience and knowledge in the field of commercial, workplace, hospitality, and healthcare interior/architectural design.
- The ability to teach Interior Architecture studio and lecture courses at undergraduate levels including, but not limited to, current knowledge on design communication technology and willingness to stay up to date.
- Ability to work effectively and compassionately with a diverse student population to support their learning and personal/professional career development.
- The ability to work effectively within a diverse community, and a commitment to creating an inclusive work environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
- 3-5 years of industry experience with demonstrated expertise in Interior Design
- Three or more semesters of successful teaching experience at the college level

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 33.3% - 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Terminal, 9 month appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended or converted to an ongoing appointment based on need and/or funding

Additional Information:

DESIGN STUDIES DEPARTMENT: The Design Studies Department currently houses two undergraduate programs (Interior Architecture & Textile and Fashion Design). A third major is currently underway, which focuses on how design processes offer solutions for society's complex social, economic, political, and cultural challenges. It also houses a graduate program that offers MFA and Ph.D. degrees in the broader field of design and provides instructional support for the Master of Design and Innovation program on campus.

The Interior Architecture program is an internationally recognized program known for its innovative interdisciplinary research and broad-based professional education. Its mission is to combine research and design practice to improve people's lives through human-centered design within the built environment. The program prepares students to become independent thinkers by promoting critical reflection on alternative ways of living, to become effective problem-solvers in the field of Interior Architecture, to develop interdisciplinary aptitude for solving pressing issues in contemporary design practices, and to become design leaders as stewards and visionaries of the public realm by fostering socially responsible and collaborative design thinking. The program is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), with the next accreditation visit scheduled for 2023. The Design Studies Department provides excellent technology and design resources; these include the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery-Virtual Environment Group (Virtual Environments) as well as campus maker spaces, which provide opportunities to collaborate on teaching and research.

DOROTHY A. O'BRIEN INNOVATION LAB: The School of Human Ecology (SoHE) Dorothy O'Brien Innovation Lab is a 1,700 square foot, flexible, multipurpose learning space for students. Its layout is optimized for design thinking strategies, including collaboration, prototyping, and group ideation. The Dorothy O'Brien Innovation Lab is an important step in SoHE's continued dedication to the process of design thinking for our student body. By continually building on our most successful practices while nurturing the best new ideas, UW-Madison is developing the next generation of creative problem solvers through our Design Thinking Program.

THE CENTER FOR DESIGN AND MATERIAL CULTURE: The Center for Design and Material Culture is the primary destination for the multi-disciplinary study of material culture and design at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with particular focus on the study of design, material culture, and textile. This vision is supported by the rich resources of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, two galleries, the Ruth Davis Gallery and the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, and the SoHE Innovation Studio.

SCHOOL OF HUMAN ECOLOGY: The mission of the School of Human Ecology is to understand the complex relationships and interdependence among individuals, groups and families, and to focus on quality-of-life issues through research, creative innovation, education, and outreach. The School has four academic departments (Civil Society and Community Studies, Consumer Science, Design Studies, and Human Development & Family Studies) with a collective undergraduate enrollment of 1,600 students, and 100+ graduate students. Faculty members in the School of Human Ecology often affiliate with centers and programs including the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, the Center for Demography and Ecology, the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, the Center for Financial Security, the Institute on Aging, the Institute for Research on Poverty, the LaFollette School of Public Affairs, and the Center for Research on Women and Gender. See

How to Apply:

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To apply for this position, you will need to upload a cover letter and resume that relate to this position, and a teaching or professional portfolio on Interior Design. You will also be asked to provide contact information for at least three professional references. References will not be contacted without advance notice. Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.

The deadline for assuring full consideration is August 4, 2023, however this position will remain open until filled.

In addition to the lecturer need(s) identified in this position, the Department of Design Studies is establishing a pool of qualified candidates to be considered when part-time lecturers are needed to teach Interior Architecture courses. Upon successful submission of your application, you will be considered for future teaching opportunities. The Department will keep your application on file as a prospective candidate who could potentially fill a position when a need arises. If the need shall arise and review of your application materials result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted via the contact information provided on your application.


Michelle Hamilton
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Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Terminal

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