1+ months

Associate or Full Professor in Interior Design

Lexington, KY 40507
Posting Details

Job Title Associate or Full Professor in Interior Design
Requisition Number FE02877
Working Title Director, School of Interiors
Department Name 8N500:Sch of Interiors:Planning/Strategy/Desig
Work Location Lexington, KY
Type of Position Faculty
Position Time Status Full-Time
Tenure Track Status Tenure Track
Required Education
A professional degree in interior design or related field (BA, BS, MA, MS, M.Arch) and a terminal degree (Master’s post-professional or Doctorate) in interior design or related field. Nationally or internationally recognized professional work may be considered as a substitution for the terminal degree requirement. 
Required Related Experience
  • A professional degree in interior design or related field (BA, BS, MA, MS, M.Arch) and a terminal degree (Master’s post-professional or Doctorate) in interior design or related field Nationally or internationally recognized professional work may be considered as a substitution for the terminal degree requirement
  • Professional licensure or certification, or a substantial body of nationally or internationally recognized work
  • Nationally, and/or internationally recognized high-quality teaching and research experience or distinguished practice 
  • Meets the requirements for the rank of tenured Associate or Full Professor at the University of Kentucky 
  • Evidence of design excellence and an awareness and understanding of issues in interior design practice and academia 
  • Proven leadership and managerial skills 
  • Teaching experience in higher education 
  • Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of instructional systems development, training methods, techniques, and formats
  • Experience with curriculum development
  • Ability to motivate students and faculty to think creatively and critically
  • Knowledge of the requirements of accreditation agencies
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of students, faculty, staff and constituencies in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community
  • Skill in budget preparation and management
  • Demonstrates a commitment to consensus building between the faculty, students and staff
  • Has the ability to work effectively with, and expand, outside constituencies including, but not limited to, alumni, donors and the profession
  • Ability to respond to the real pressures of budgets and enrollment, leveraging the strengths of the school
  • Demonstrated track record of sound fiscal management of resources
  • Ability to provide leadership to direct the School to a level of increased national and international prominence
  • Demonstrated alignment with the University, College and School mission, vision and strategic plans
  • Excellent written, oral and public communication skills;
  • Demonstrated capacity to build innovative teaching, research and outreach programs
  • Aptitude for problem solving and facilitating the success of others 
  • Commitment to collaboration and appropriate levels of transparency and confidentiality as part of the leadership team in the College of Design that includes the other Schools, Departments and programs.

Required License/Registration/Certification
Professional licensure or certification, or a substantial body of nationally or internationally recognized work.

Job Summary
The School of Interiors in the College of Design at the University of Kentucky invites applications and nominations for the position of Director with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. As the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s premier CIDA-accredited undergraduate Interior Design program, which was awarded accreditation in 2021, the School of Interiors offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interiors: Planning, Strategy, Design and a two-year Master of Arts (MA) in Interior Design. The interdisciplinary composition of the faculty, who participate in research, teaching, and practice, enables the School to fulfill the University’s Land Grant Mission by delivering exceptional design education. On the threshold of celebrating its 50th year, the School of Interiors has a rich academic tradition of promoting an environment that supports diverse intellectual approaches within a rigorous design curriculum and provocative experiences. 
The position of Director of the School of Interiors provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic and collaborative leader to build upon the School’s strengths in shaping as well as influencing the future direction of the School through enrollment growth, development of new programs, occupancy of a new adaptive reuse building, and promoting a culture of inclusion and equity. Within this context, the School of Interiors seeks an accomplished and forward-thinking candidate who is passionate about design education and practice, but also thinks broadly about its capacity and application. 
The Director, who reports to the Dean of the College of Design, is responsible for the overall academic, administrative, and fiscal leadership of the School of Interiors. The Director provides leadership in defining the strategic priorities and vision for the School and enhancing its visibility, brand, and reputation. In this role, the Director is responsible for continuing to advance and strengthen degree programs; fostering excellence in teaching, research, and service; increasing the School’s enrollment and financial resources. The Director is responsible for fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for working and learning that promotes entrepreneurship, growth, collaboration, and shared governance. 

Duties and Responsibilities:
·         Oversees the operational and fiscal management of the School 
·         Continually evaluates the effectiveness of courses, the program and curriculum
·         Develops schedules and faculty teaching assignments
·         Recruits new faculty and makes recommendations to the Dean regarding faculty appointments, promotions and dismissals 
·         Oversees the faculty performance review process;  clearly communicating to faculty the specific University and College policies that inform the process 
·         Actively guides faculty members through the tenure/promotion process,  supporting their ongoing efforts to advance scholarly and creative activities 
·         Inspires morale and ensures  all faculty are offered privileges and responsibilities appropriate to their rank  
·         Oversees the ongoing assessment, development and implementation of the School, College and University Strategic Plans 
·         Participates in the development and implementation of College policies, procedures and guidelines
·         Establishes and evaluates School policies and procedures
·         Represents the School and College to external constituencies including alumni, industry professionals, other university units and potential donors 
·         Identifies and pursues external funding opportunities in support of the School and College mission, in cooperation with designated philanthropy staff 
·         Maintains a commitment to teaching and learning and a scholarly agenda, including continued research and publication, or distinguished practice
·         Teaches one (1) course within the discipline per academic year
·         Ensures compliance with SACS and CIDA accreditation guidelines
·         Facilitates the resolution of issues and problems that may arise between faculty, staff and students
·         Serves on University and College-wide committees
·         Fosters interdepartmental collaboration and continuously enhances the reputation of the University, College and the School of Interiors in academic and professional circles 
·         Works with the Recruitment Officer to recruit talented undergraduate and graduate students 

To apply, please submit an application directly to the UK Jobs system at: https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/371342
 A complete application must include and will be evaluated based on the following materials:
·         Cover Letter addressing vision related to leadership, research and/or creative scholarship, service, teaching, and the future of design education / practice as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion
·         Curriculum Vitae (CV) highlighting relevant academic and/or professional experience
·         Specific Request 1, a sample of scholarly or creative work (10 pages max.)
Please also provide the names and contact information for at least three references when prompted in the application. Please note that references will not be contacted without consent from the candidate. 
Review of applications will begin on February 7, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. For questions about the position please contact the search committee chair, Helen Turner, Associate Professor in the School of Interiors at helen.turner@uky.edu.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to protect our university community including our students, staff, faculty and visitors, the University of Kentucky is requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all new hires prior to starting employment. Therefore, as of October 18, 2021, all new hires prior to their first day of employment must submit appropriate documentation showing, i) completion of the first vaccination against COVID-19, or ii) completion of the full vaccination series against COVID-19, or iii) approved exemption (medical contraindications or a sincerely held religious belief) through the formal exemption process from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. For those employees who have completed the first vaccination against COVID-19 prior to their first day of employment, the second vaccination (if applicable) must be completed following the vaccination recommended schedule to be considered fully vaccinated.
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? Yes
Preferred Education/Experience
Deadline to Apply
Open Until Filled Yes
University Community of Inclusion
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus. 

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities. 

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.


Posted: 2022-03-16 Expires: 2022-06-17

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Associate or Full Professor in Interior Design

University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40507

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