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Instructor of Interior Design

Texas Christian University
Texas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 6, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Application Deadline
Open until Filled, screening begins January 15, 2022

Position Details
Position Description

• This full-time faculty position is on-campus and in-person.
• Teaching three undergraduate courses in interior design per semester (.75 FTE) including studio and seminar-format, and industry-specific digital media. Teaching assignments will be based on the applicant’s experience and expertise.
• Assuming administrative oversight of the Department’s common Foundation Program (.10 FTE).
• Advising undergraduate majors (.10 FTE).
• Service to the Department, College and University, normally involving committee work (.05 FTE).
• Continued Professional Development.


• Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, Architecture or a closely-related professional field.
• 18 completed graduate-level credit hours toward an Interior Design or closely-related graduate degree, or seven years of related professional practice.
• Evidence of strength in design practice and teaching.
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Strongly Preferred:
• Graduate degree in Interior Design, Architecture or a closely related professional field, or international equivalent. The MFA is generally considered the terminal degree in Interior Design.
• The BFA in Interior Design, Architecture or a closely related professional field, or international equivalent.
• Proficiency in using and teaching AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite and similar software.
• Unsupervised, college-level teaching experience.
• In addition to academic credentials, five years professional practice in Interior Design, Architecture or a closely-related professional field.

Rank and Salary

Instructor, non tenure-track. This is a permanent position with a renewable contract. The contract period is initially one year, can be extended to three years following the first year of service. Salary and benefits are highly competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits for domestic partners are available.

Department Details
Department of Design

The widely-recognized and respected Department of Design offers the BFA in Interior Design, The BFA in Graphic Design, the BS in Design Studies, and a minor in Architectural Lighting Design. There are approximately 200 undergraduate majors in the department. Upon filling this position, the program will have 12, permanent faculty positions with generous adjunct support from the vibrant Fort Worth/Dallas design and advertising community. We celebrate diversity and inclusiveness and invite all interested and qualified candidates to apply.

The Interior Design Program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The Department of Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

TCU is dedicated to an inclusive learning community and actively seeks applications from diverse candidates with the mission of creating a supporting environment for future ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.

School/College Description
The TCU College of Fine Arts is home to six units: the School of Art, the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance, the School of Music, the Department of Design, the Department of Fashion Merchandising, and the Department of Theatre. The college offers 33 undergraduate degree programs and 24 advanced degree programs to help prepare the next generation of creative leaders in the arts. Approximately 850 undergraduate students and 120 graduate and professional program students pursue their passions in the TCU College of Fine Arts. These talented students study under renowned professors and guest artists, annually present more than 350 public performances and presentations, and display art and design work in juried exhibitions and competitions, among other creative activities. The college also offers a minor in Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship and oversees two on-campus art galleries.

University & Fort Worth Description

Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 299 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes eight schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the new TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine, which is operated in collaboration with the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Currently, TCU enrolls 9,474 undergraduates and 1,490 graduate students. Twenty-six percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, 5 percent are international students, and 42 percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members, 87 percent of whom hold a terminal degree. For nine consecutive years, TCU has been selected as one of the Great Colleges to Work For®.

At TCU, diversity, equity and inclusion are an educational imperative that is tied directly to our University mission and vision. For the second consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights our ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with our core values and to create a campus culture where everyone is respected and feels included. Among TCU’s actions this year was approving a resolution to adopt DEI into its core curriculum.


Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions
To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Screening will begin January 1, 2022. On-campus interviews will be scheduled during the Spring Semester, 2022.

Applications should include a cover letter; a detailed resume, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy inclusive of approach to design instruction and ways to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia and to the larger public; a .pdf visual portfolio file consisting of annotated samples of professional design work with clear citations of applicant’s role in each project; and if applicable, 20 examples of student work from courses taught; at least three signed, confidential letters of recommendation should be sent by recommenders or dossier service to

To apply, upload all application materials to [Select “College of Fine Arts” to more easily find the listing].

AA/EEO Statement
As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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