Director, School of Architecture

University of Arizona - College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture
Arizona, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 23, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Architecture, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officers & Vice Presidents
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Details

The School of Architecture at The University of Arizona seeks a dynamic and creative leader to serve as Director, the chief academic and administrative officer of the school. We seek a Director who will partner with faculty, staff, and students to articulate a compelling, creative vision for the school’s pedagogy, research, outreach, and operations, and design a viable plan for its phased implementation. The school currently offers three degrees: two accredited professional degrees—the B.Arch and M.Arch—and one post-professional research-centered degree, the MS.Arch. In our relatively small, nimble college, there are ample opportunities to forge interdisciplinary collaborations at all levels with sister programs in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning; in addition to the BLA, MLA, and MSUP, it offers programs in Sustainable Built Environments and Real Estate Development. Both School Directors report to the Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture.

 We seek a Director who will cherish the particularity of our place as an inspiration for reflection and creativity, who can capitalize on our distinctive identity in Arizona, amplify our voice in national discourse, and expand our international visibility. In all these settings, a demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and ability to foster a diverse community and diverse contributions is essential. In particular, we desire someone who can capitalize on the history of local indigenous peoples and the university’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Position Responsibilities

The Director’s responsibilities include:

  • Cultivation of community via equitable, inclusive faculty and staff hiring, mentoring, and assessment: the Director must be able to energize and build the faculty and staff, demonstrating transparency in articulation of values, goals, and processes
  • Research development via tireless advocacy for work on emerging issues of the built environment
  • Curriculum management in processes of shared governance with faculty: the Director should be engaged in teaching, empathetic to students, and energetic in fostering curricula that prepare students for progressive critical practice
  • Budget management and financial stewardship with an ability to develop and manage resources through donor relationships, planned growth, and vigorous student recruitment, steering the school into a sustainable future
  • External relationship building with practitioners, professional organizations, and other schools of architecture in the US and abroad: the Director should be eager to engage the design community and potential partner institutions, while safeguarding the distinctive nature of the university as an educational setting

Minimum Qualifications

  • Professional degree in Architecture
  • Accomplishments that merit appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure
  • Record of productive research and/or practice
  • Significant experience teaching (5 years or more) in a well-recognized institution of higher education in the US or abroad
  • Experience working collaboratively with others in a position of academic or administrative leadership
  • Record of accomplishment in recruiting, training, mentoring, and promoting individuals of diverse backgrounds/expertise/ points of view
  • Experience in fiscal management

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or other advanced degree
  • Rank of Professor with tenure
  • Professional licensure or viable path to it
  • Experience in commitment to the mission of public education
  • Experience in fundraising


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