Associate/Full Professor and Department Chair in Architectural Studies

Job ID 22479
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Provide leadership and strategic vision for a well-established, accredited design program that successfully integrates architectural studies and interior design. Lead departmental mission to inspire the next generation of human-centered designers to use innovative, emerging technologies and design for social and environmental well-being. The successful candidate will perform duties of department chairs as described in the University of Missouri CRR. Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITES: Represent the needs and the aspirations of the department, and be the principal executive officer of the department with responsibilities to include financial, personnel, instructional, and student relations; lead the interior design program accreditation; teach undergraduate and graduate courses; student advising and mentorship; conduct, publish, and disseminate research; develop and maintain productive relationships with industry partners and external stakeholders and foster long-term relationships; engage in entrepreneurial and advancement activities to secure funding for departmental growth and goal attainment; lead and provide vision for state and regional specialists in MU Extension Housing and Environmental Design; Serve on college and university committees.

DEPARTMENTAL/GENERAL INFORMATION: The Department is one of the six programs in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri. The Department has an Interior Design program rated #13 by DesignIntelligence (2016-2017). The department serves 160 undergraduate and over 30 graduate students. The Department's online graduate program received the 2017 IDEC Institutional Merit Award for the progressive online graduate education. Both MS and PhD programs currently have two emphases in (1) Environment and Behavior and (2) Design with Digital Media. Additional focus on sustainability is currently being developed. The Department also houses the Great Plains ADA Center, which carries out a $5 million grant funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The University of Missouri is the flagship campus of the University of Missouri system with membership in the Association of American Universities. The Columbia campus is a land-grant, state-supported, multi-purpose university of approximately 35,425 students offering a wide variety of academic, cultural, and athletic activities. Columbia, Missouri is a regional center for health care and financial services surrounded by a large rural population. Recognized for its high quality of life in national media, Columbia is a community of approximately 108,000 with a wide-range of activities and opportunities. It is located in central Missouri, approximately two-hours from either St. Louis or Kansas City.


Required: Earned doctorate with a minimum of one professional degree in interior design, architecture, or related design field; teaching effectiveness and research excellence; ability to lead an accredited design program.

Preferred: National reputation and leadership in relevant professional organizations; NCIDQ certification; Evidence of community engagement experience.

Application Deadline

August 1 for early consideration. However, open until position filled.


Commensurate with qualifications.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Application Materials

Applications should be submitted via the online application. Be prepared to upload (1) Letter of application, including leadership, education, and research philosophy (2) evidence of scholarship and/or design exhibition, (3) copies of trainscripts, official transcript(s) will be required upon hire, (4) names and contact information including email addresses and phone numbers for three references, and (5) curriculum vitae are required for application.

All questions should be sent to:

Dr. Jung Ha-Brookshire, Chair of Search Committee
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Human Environmental Sciences
Phone #: 573-882-6316