Interior Architecture Lecturer

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 26, 2023

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

Job Summary:

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

DS 220: Design Fundamentals II (3 cr., undergraduate course)
This course covers the elements and principles of three-dimensional design through lectures and studio experiences relevant to the design and analysis of the spatial environment.

DS 222: Interior Design I (4 cr., undergraduate course)
As the first course in the interior design studio sequence, this course introduces students to solving design problems for interiors. Topics include space planning, selection and use of furnishings and materials, and preparation of presentations. Professional experience in residential interior design is preferred.

DS 223: Interior Architectural Design (3 cr., undergraduate course)
This course focuses on building components, construction, interpretation of working drawings, and the process of project development. Professional experience in interior design is preferred.

DS 224: Interior Materials and Finishes (3 cr., undergraduate course)
This course focuses on the composition of materials, their uses, and how they affect human health and well-being in the context of interior design. Knowledge of circular/sustainable design and professional experience in interior design/architecture is preferred.

DS 252: Design Leadership Symposium (1 cr., undergraduate course)
This course provides a detailed examination of careers in the broader field of design (interior design, industrial design, architecture, textile, fashion, and apparel design). High-level industry experts from leading companies in the design industry participate as guest speakers and panel members. Networks in the broader design field and organizational skills in bringing guest speakers are desired.

DS 341: Design Thinking for Transformation (3 cr., undergraduate course)
This course covers design thinking concepts and techniques to enhance creative analysis and problem-solving skills. Students will directly apply what they have learned to various human-centered design challenges. Students will innovate, prototype, and test designs that address real-world problems with constraints and technological limitations. Projects range from improving everyday situations to community issues. Training and professional experience in design thinking are preferred.

DS 451: Color Theory and Technology (3 cr., undergraduate course)
The course focuses on color technology and its impact on various scientific and design-oriented fields. Therefore, the ability to teach color theories and technology in scientific terms and design contexts is a must.

DS 549: Environmental Control Systems: Lighting, Acoustics, and Thermal Comfort (3 cr., undergraduate course)
Through lectures, field measurements, and building simulations, this course introduces students to how lighting, acoustics, and thermal properties behave in buildings and influence building occupants. It also covers the proper application of designing environmental control systems and evaluating these features. Training and professional experience in interior design or architecture is preferred.

DS 620: Visual Thinking for Problem Solving (3cr. Graduate course)
This course combines the theoretical foundations of visual thinking with practical skills, tools, and applications. Students explore how these can be combined while thinking critically and engaging with problem-solving methodologies such as design thinking. The theoretical foundations include design elements and principles, visual narrative processes, and perceptual theories. Skills and applications include manual sketching, 3D visualization and modeling, data visualization, image manipulation, graphic design, video presentation, multimedia, design for 3D printing and fabrication, diagramming, digital rendering, and graphic design.

DS 662: Interior Design III (4 cr., undergraduate course)
This course focuses on the design of commercial interiors, emphasizing the design process, programming, space planning, and selection of interior materials, furniture, and lighting. Significant professional experience in commercial or healthcare design is strongly preferred.

DS 623: Interior Design IV (4 cr., undergraduate course)
This course focuses on the design of commercial interiors with an emphasis on acoustics, codes, costs, specifications, details, and visual presentation. Significant professional experience in commercial or healthcare design is strongly preferred.

It is expected that these courses will be taught in an in-person or online format during the Fall of 2023 and/or 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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Bachelor's Degree

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. Equivalent professional experience may be considered in lieu of a graduate degree.


Qualified candidates will have the following skills and abilities:
- Proven knowledge of the relevant subject matter(s), obtained through educational qualifications (minimum Master's degree in relevant field) and/or workplace experience
- 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:
- At least four semesters of successful teaching experience at the college level

Work Type:

Full or Part Time: 33.3% - 100%

Some courses will be held on the UW-Madison campus while other courses may be offered online.

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. Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above. Please make clear in your cover letter which course(s) on the list above you are qualified to teach; for studio courses, please also include a portfolio of 20 images of your own and your previous students' work. You will also be asked to provide contact information for at least three professional references. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

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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