Interior Design Faculty

The program is administered by qualified, motivated faculty members who encourage faculty/student interaction and give students personal attention. A faculty advising system is provided to help with students' course selection and broader goals. Faculty have a wide range of expertise including interior design, architecture, lighting, fine arts, history, textiles, merchandising, and family life.

Julie Whitmore, B.A., M.A. 
Associate Professor
Director, Interior Design Program
NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer

Areas of specialization and interest:

  • Corporate and Residential Design
  • Nineteenth Century History of Architecture
  • Adaptive Reuse Building / Green and Sustainable Design
  • History of Furniture
  • Fiber Arts
  • Lighting and Health

Amanda Rura, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Assistant Professor, Interior Design Program
NCIDQ and LEED Certified Interior Designer
Master of Fine Art in Interior Design, George Washington University

Suzanne Kroll, B.A.
Special Lecturer, Interior Design Program

Donna L. Lusk, B.A., M.A. 
Assistant Lecturer, Clothing, Textiles & Interiors

Laura Maher, A.A.B., B.S.
Special Lecturer, Interior Design Program
NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer

For more information about the Interior Design Program at The University of Akron use the contact noted below:

Ms. Julie Whitmore
Interior Design Program Coordinator

215 Schrank Hall South
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-6103
Telephone: 330-972-7864