Chairperson of Undergraduate Architecture

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 16, 2021
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Chairperson of Undergraduate Architecture

Pratt Institute

The School of Architecture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, an internationally recognized professionally accredited school offering B. Arch, M. Arch, and M.S. degrees, seeks a dynamic and visionary leader with outstanding communication, listening, and organizational skills who will build upon the strengths of the existing programs to serve as Chairperson for the Undergraduate Architecture Department.

The Undergraduate Architecture Program is currently ranked 7th in the U.S. Design Intelligence Survey and is the largest of four departments (over 600 students, 15 full-time faculty and 113 part-time faculty) within the School of Architecture. Our mission is the preparation of future practitioners and scholars with new forms of thinking and practice, substantive methods of design and inquiry, committed to advancing the efficacy, impact and knowledge of the discipline of architecture, and with a lifelong relationship as stewards and agents of the public realm.

Under the leadership of a new dean, the school is strengthening its research profile, and has placed particular emphasis on architecture's role in relation to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion and in the development of a climate crisis responsive curriculum. The chairperson will establish a pedagogy that investigates how the discipline and core practices of architecture will be informed by these issues in a meaningful way in order to prepare the next generation of leaders as agents of positive change in the public realm.The Chairperson will assume academic and administrative leadership of the department and will develop programs to complement, enhance, and build upon the prestige and reputation of our undergraduate program.

Located on Pratt's historic 25-acre campus in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Pratt is an internationally recognized school of architecture, art, design, information and liberal arts and sciences which draws students from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds. We are committed to advancing diversity, and inclusion in our curriculum as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students and staff and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals.

  • Department Chairs provide an important role as both administrators and educational leaders at Pratt Institute. The responsibilities of the department chair may include but are not limited to:

  • Providing intellectual and pedagogical leadership for the department in accordance with the strategic goals of the school and Institute

  • Establishing a vision of architectural practice and research that builds upon undergraduate architecture's core dedication to architectural design while addressing emerging challenges of the built environment

  • Expanding, developing, and leading an inclusive, diverse, and equitable architectural curriculum and pedagogy for the Undergraduate Architecture Program; advance interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary exchange across both the departments and the institute

  • Holding regularly scheduled faculty meetings that allow for faculty input in departmental decisions; this includes adequate communication of issues and forums for the discussion of issues

  • Managing and addressing student concerns regarding departmental issues in accordance with Institute policies and procedures

  • Recruiting, supervising, evaluating, and supporting the department's faculty members and their academic advancement and reviewing and submitting recommendations on all faculty personnel actions

  • Assigning faculty teaching loads, courses, and schedules in accordance with Institute policies and agreements and in consultation with faculty and managing the department budget

  • Demonstrating collaborative, fair and transparent leadership, ensuring that processes are effectively communicated to all members of the department - independent of rank or status - and that they feel equally valued as members of the school community; providing general mentorship or support to faculty through advancement

  • Advancing an established body of scholarship, and/or design research and/or teaching (optionally) one course per semester in the department curriculum

  • Developing a recruitment strategy and assisting admissions with recruitment of students

  • Establishing links to professional and community organizations and leading practitioners in the field

  • Administering the department's budget and serving on School and Institute committees

  • Overseeing the accreditation of the department with NAAB, MSCHE, and RIBA

  • Providing an expert, collaborative, and creative, and forward-thinking environment for teaching, design, and research

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