$45,000 ACADEMIC (9 months)
Depending on Qualifications
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
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
DS 223: Interior Architectural Design (3 cr., undergraduate
This course focuses on building components, construction,
interpretation of working drawings, and the process of project
development. Professional experience in interior design is
DS 224: Interior Materials and Finishes (3 cr., undergraduate
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
DS 252: Design Leadership Symposium (1 cr., undergraduate
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Institutional Statement on Diversity:
- 80% Facilitates classroom, online and/or laboratory instruction
for one or more courses, including assessment of student
- 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
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for
UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect
the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience,
status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We
commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching,
research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked
The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by
creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every
background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve
Wisconsin and the world.
For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please
visit: Diversity and
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
Qualified candidates will have the following skills and
- 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.
- At least four semesters of successful teaching experience at the
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
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 http://sohe.wisc.edu
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.
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE
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identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as
a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal
regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through
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Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
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