Chair and Professor - Architecture

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University of Colorado - College of Architecture and Planning

Chair and Professor - Architecture

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning is seeking qualified candidates currently at the rank of Associate or Full Professor for the position of Department Chair in Architecture with an anticipated start date of July 2019. Successful candidate should be an experienced educator familiar with architecture and design practice to lead our highly regarded Department of Architecture and participate in the College's innovative teaching and creative research. Successful candidate will be hired with tenure at the rank of Full Professor; must have a terminal degree in Architecture (M.Arch) or its international equivalent, and may have degrees in related fields with further experience and qualifications in their area of specialization for research and creative work. Given the university's mission and student body composition, we are especially interested in qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings or who have a record of teaching, research, and mentoring that supports and benefits diverse communities.

About the Architecture Department

The Department of Architecture delivers a fully-accredited Master of Architecture (M.Arch) for first professional degree students and post-professional students (those already holding a Bachelor of Architecture degree). Our four-year pre-professional program (BS Arch) prepares students to enter accredited professional Master of Architecture (M Arch) programs across the country as well as graduate programs in Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture, Planning, Historic Preservation, and Urban Design. The BS Arch program also offers students a network of experienced graduate students, working architects, and other design, construction, and real-estate professionals with practices in Denver and around the world. Our graduate program provides the skills and knowledge specified for graduate study in architecture and is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Our program responds to and aligns with the evolving nature of professional practice. Collaborative work environments prize critical thinkers, problem-solving team players, builders and leaders with excellent communication skills. Recognizing that the practice of architecture is now global, we provide students with international perspectives and experiences giving them a competitive edge when they enter the profession.

The College of Architecture and Planning and University of Colorado Denver

In addition to the Architecture Program, the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) offers a BS in Architecture and professional Master's degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Historic Preservation, and a PhD in Design and Planning. CAP also maintains several partnerships with universities in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and houses four research centers: the Colorado Center for Community Development, the Center of Preservation Research, the Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture, and the Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism. For more information visit:

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colo. a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

As Colorado's only public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research and creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver educates more than 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and with easy access to the state's cultural, business and civic hub, our students benefit from immersive classroom and real-world experiences, supplemented by unparalleled internship and networking opportunities. As the most diverse research university in Colorado, our campus attracts top students and offers over more than 100 highly rated degree programs through eight schools and colleges, as well as more than 30 online degree programs. Home to over 40 research centers and institutes, CU Denver receives more than $25 million in sponsored research awards annually, allowing us to generate knowledge and create solutions to society's most complex problems. Read CU Denver Quick Facts here.

Job Responsibilities

The candidate will be appointed at the rank of Full Professor in the Department of Architecture, with commensurate teaching, research, and service responsibilities in the program and college, adjusted for administrative responsibilities.

The Chair is accountable for program leadership and management, and responsible for focusing the energies of the entire faculty of the unit to best align its mission with that of the college and university. The chair has the responsibility for providing leadership toward the achievement of the highest possible level of excellence in the department's teaching, research/creative work, leadership, and service. The Chair is expected to articulate the goals of the department, both within and outside the department, to articulate the department's actions or requests in pursuit of these aims, and to maintain a climate that is collegial, that respects diversity, that treats faculty, staff and learners fairly and supports creativity and innovation.

The Chair reports to the Dean and supervises all faculty in the Architecture Department and any other departmental personnel. The Chair represents the department at the college and university levels and works closely with the Dean to represent the needs and expectations of the department. The Chair is also a member of the College and University administrative team, communicates college and university goals, and guides the development of department vision in planning for the future of department programs that align with the goals and objectives developed by the College and the University. As the chief administrator for the department, the chair is the essential link between the administration and the department in representing departmental views on matters of educational policy and academic ethics.

The Chair is responsible for the recruitment, selection, and evaluation of department personnel including full and part-time faculty. In addition, the Chair ensures adequate faculty mentoring programs are in place and that faculty performance reviews are conducted regularly, in accordance with procedures and principles stated in the Laws of the Regents. This includes making recommendations for appointments, promotions, merit increases, and terminations of department personnel and management of promotion and tenure, post-tenure review, and faculty leaves. In addition the Chair is responsible for preparing departmental budget request and administering financial affairs of the department in accordance with dollar University rules and procedures. Additional day to day operations include management of departmental course offerings and curriculum including the submission of course schedules and assignment of teaching and other duties within the department. The Chair also responds to student issues and oversees student recruitment including managing the admissions process and retention efforts of current students.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates will have a terminal degree in Architecture (M.Arch) or equivalent, and may have additional degrees in related fields.
  • Faculty rank of Associate or Full Professor, or equivalent.
  • Candidates should be able to offer instruction in design studio and large lecture courses in area of expertise at the graduate and the undergraduate levels.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Architecture or related field.
  • Architectural Licensure.
  • Recognized excellence in higher education.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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Diversity and Equity:
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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The search committee may request additional materials from shortlisted candidates. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on December 1st, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the application submission process should be addressed to [email protected]

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 14860

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30114 - CAP-Architecture Department

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Oct 12, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: CAP Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00350224





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Posted: 10/13/2018
Application Due: 12/12/2018
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