Jennifer Whitehead, MS, ASID, NCIDQ

Instructor of Interior Design and Interior Design Program Director

McAlister 207

(501) 450-5956

Combining her love for both interior design and education, Jennifer pursued a career in  Interior Design Education.  Since 2000, Jennifer has been a faculty member in the UCA Interior Design Program.  Jennifer earned a MS in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Central Arkansas with curriculum emphasis in interior design education. In 2002, Jennifer earned the highest qualification in the design industry, the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification.  Jennifer has been an active member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) national organization for 22 years.  As a Certified Interior Designer, Jennifer has design experience in residential design, building construction and materials, accessibility and building codes and community service design. In 2007, Jennifer received the Young Achiever Award from the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at the University of Central Arkansas.  Since 2008, Jennifer has served as an active member on the Editorial board for the 501 LIFE magazine.

In 2016, Jennifer was appointed Program Director for the Interior Design Program. As Program Director, Jennifer supports, collaborates and assists fellow interior design faculty with the programs mission, goals and objectives, curriculum development, faculty professional development, facility and equipment management and academic advising.  Jennifer works closely with the faculty to ensure accreditation standards governed by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), National Associations of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and membership requirements for The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) are met and implemented throughout the program. Jennifer has experience with the CIDA and NASAD accreditation process. She contributed in the preparation of three CIDA site visits and two NASAD site visits.

In addition to being Program Director, Jennifer educates and mentors students in the design studio and classroom, assists with academic advising, is a faculty advisor for the UCA American Society of Interior Designers student organization, and is the co-advisor for the Family and Consumer Sciences National Honor Society; Phi Upsilon Omicron. Jennifer’s passion for service learning and giving back to the community is evident in the number of service learning projects she has managed with her design students. Since 2004, Jennifer, and her design students have completed an array of real-world design projects that have made an impact on people in the community. Majority of the design projects have been recognized and published in either the 501 LIFE or Women’s Inc. magazine. Projects that have been published include: CASA, Haven House, Faulkner County Day School, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Faulkner County Boys and Girls Club, Faulkner County Humane Society, counseling centers for Sallie Cone Elementary and Ellen Smith Elementary, Dazzle Daze and 501LIFE events, UCA Bernard Hall women and men dorm lobbies, and six residential homes in Conway.  Besides community service projects, Jennifer specializes in technical drafting, lighting design, barrier-free guidelines and building codes, and drawing and rendering with mixed media. Design courses taught by Jennifer include: Introduction to Interior Design, Interior Design Studio, Interior Design Drawing and Rendering, Interior Lighting and Building Codes, and Design Communications.

Jennifer has served on numerous committees at the department, college and university level throughout her tenure at UCA. Committees she has served on include: The Disabilities Grievance Committee, UCA Historic District Committee, CHBS College Curriculum Committee, FACS Dept. Curriculum Committee, FACS Faculty Search Committee, FACS Dept. Chair Search Committee, FACS Scholarship Committee, CIDA Curriculum Committee and is currently on the FACS Alumni Luncheon Committee, FACS Leadership Council Committee, Chair of the CIDA Curriculum Committee, and Chair of the Interior Design Faculty Search Committee.