Northern Arizona University – Mountain Campus, Flagstaff, AZ

About NAU

Northern Arizona University serves almost 30,000 students. We are a vibrant community, with 21,000 students in Flagstaff—the home of our largest campus—and the remainder online or at our 20+ statewide locations. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Committed to an inclusive university environment, NAU has all the benefits of a large institution with a personal touch. We carefully balance teaching, scholarship, and service for faculty members. Supporting our core value of student-centrism, NAU’s faculty members promote learning and help students reach academic milestones.

Flagstaff is an outdoorsy mountain town with four seasons and a thriving cultural scene. Located at 7,000 feet, Flagstaff houses 70,000 people and sits at the base of the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

For more about inclusive excellence at NAU, visit the Center for Inclusive Excellence and Access.

About the Department/College

The NAU School of Art + Design is a dynamic, creative community of higher education situated in a striking natural landscape. Offering a BFA in Studio Art, a BS in Secondary Art Education, a BS in Interior Design and an Art Minor, the School is committed to career readiness, sustainablility, equity and inclusion, community engagement, and academic excellence. Faculty, staff and students enjoy NAU’s backyard – the forests, mountains, and canyons of the Colorado Plateau – as a grounding source of inspiration for artistic inquiry.

The NAU Interior Design Program is housed in the School of Art + Design, within the College of Arts and Letters and serves 300 majors. Our CIDA accredited program maintains strong connections with industry professionals to link students to real-world projects and experiences. NAU Interior Design faculty are engaged in research and creative activity with international reach, including projects in Italy, Mexico and South Korea. Our faculty are designers and scholars who, over the program’s 50 year history, have shaped the residential and commerical design ethos in Northern Arizona.

About the Position

The School of Art + Design at Northern Arizona University is seeking a full-time, Assistant Professor of Practice in Interior Design at our Mountain Campus in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Teach four courses per semester in candidate’s area of expertise, in either lecture or studio format, in accordance with departmental needs.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in maintaining and innovating a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to enter the industry.
  • Contribute to building a vibrant and supportive SoA+D community of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Engage in various activities serving the school, college, and university.
  • Draw on experience to build networks between SoA+D and industry professionals.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This position is an on-site position which requires the incumbent to complete their work primarily at an NAU site, campus, or facility with or without accommodation. Opportunities for remote work are rare.

This is a 9-month, benefits eligible, promotable, non-tenure track position, beginning August 2024.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design or related field, plus five years professional experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Interior Design or related field.
  • Current NCIDQ Certification, licensed architect, or NCIDQ in process.
  • At least one year of full-time experience teaching interior design at the college or university level.
  • Teaching experience in AutoCAD, Revit, Adobe Suite, SketchUp, and other related design software.
  • Membership in an interior design professional organization such as IDEC, ASID, IIDA, NEWH, NKBA.
  • Additional accreditations and certifications such as LEED, WELL, NKBA.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Ability to teach a wide range of areas and levels of the curriculum.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse populations on campus and in the community.
  • Demonstrated experience with online course instruction.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Knowledge of CIDA requirements and accreditation process.

Compensation & Benefits

Annual salary commensurate with candidate’s qualifications and related experience.

This is a Faculty (FAC) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU’s BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of the pay period following election. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following election. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Pre-Employment Check

Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, an employment history verification and a degree verification (in some cases) prior to employment. You may also be required to complete a fingerprint background check. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees’ right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.

Immigration Suppt/Sponsorship

NAU will not provide any U.S. immigration support or sponsorship for this position.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Submit Your Application

Vacancy will remain open until filled. Applications received before December 18, 2023 will receive full consideration.

To apply for this position, click here – click on Faculty, Library, Administrator in left menu and locate vacancy 607518 (or search for Interior Design), and then “Apply” at the bottom of the page.

Application must include (saved as PDF and/or Word documents):
1. a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;
2. a curriculum vitae; and
3. names and contact information for three references.

Please do not include any other documents.

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus – on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Disability Resources Office at 928-523-8773,, or PO Box 5633, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Know Your Rights Poster

Company Name: Northern Arizona University - Mountain Campus
Contact Email:
Website: apply online at
City: Flagstaff
State: AZ
Country: USA
Job Title: Assistant Professor of Practice in Interior Design
Job Type: This is a 9-month, benefits eligible, promotable, non-tenure track position, beginning August 2024.
Must Manage Others: No
Date Published: October 30, 2023