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Tucson, AZ USA Position Highlights:
Please note: the contact information for candidates has been updated. The review date for this position is now October 1, 2021.
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.
To ensure your application materials are considered, please submit your application by the review date of October 1, 2021.
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.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!Duties & Responsibilities:
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The School of Architecture at UArizona has long been a leader in sustainable design in resource-constrained contexts. Due toits location in the Sonoran Desert, the School has pursued strategies for living in and stewarding arid lands for decades, whilealso promoting an architecture of structural innovation, material experimentation, and service to local communities. Theprofessional B.Arch program is currently ranked 9th by Design Intelligence among similar programs at public institutions and23rd among such programs at all institutions. It is by far the largest program in the school and college, with more than 435students. It is now accompanied by a still-growing M.Arch program and a newly re-launched MS.Arch program, togetherenrolling more than 40 graduate students. All these degrees carry the federal STEM designation. In addition, the schoolcontributes courses to several other undergraduate and graduate programs and Architecture faculty have joint appointmentsor courtesy appointments in nine other programs, among them the Arizona Institutes for Resilience, UA Institute on Place,Wellbeing and Performance, the School of Information, the School of Art, and several Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs.
The school boasts a longstanding design-build program, spacious studios, a large and well-equipped materials lab, regularstudy abroad offerings, and a growing program of fundraising. Our engaged faculty (20 full-time and 20 part-time), award-winning pedagogies, active research programs, and commitment to educating an increasingly diverse student body make theschool a rich setting for experimentation and leadership in the design and study of the built environment. Read more about theschool at https://capla.arizona.edu/academics/school-of-architecture.
The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture issued the CAPLA StrategicPlan in 2019 and the research profile of the college, publication output, and grant revenues havegrown strongly as a result. The college contributes to the land grant mission of the university inpart through the Drachman Institute, which facilitates community planning and design viaoutreach projects focused on design-build, water infrastructure, and more. Finally, we are arecognized leader at UArizona for our equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts; on this, seehttps://capla.arizona.edu/equity-diversity-inclusion. For additional information on all these facetsof the college and our commitment to building a changing world, visit:https://capla.arizona.edu/about; https://capla.arizona.edu/about/vision-strategic-plan andhttps://capla.arizona.edu/about/annual-report. In addition to the degrees listed above, the collegeoffers several Graduate Certificates and dual degrees. Recently, it launched a microcampusprogram in Lima, Peru (https://lima.arizona.edu and https://capla.arizona.edu/studio/capla-partners-upc-lima-launch-global-microcampus-program-sustainable-built-environments) and it iscontemplating other international partnerships.
TheUniversity of Arizona is the flagship research institution of the state and is ranked20th nationally among public research institutions. It is the oldestpublic institution of higher learning in Arizona (dating to 1885), founded as aland grant university on homelands of the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaquipeoples. It serves more than 46,000 students, over 30% of whom are Hispanic. Formore information, see: https://www.arizona.edu/about, https://uair.arizona.edu/content/overview.
UArizonahas particular strengths in the fields of earth sciences, arid lands,hydrology, natural resources, indigenous languages, sociology, and publichealth, many of which relate to design of the built environment. The CAPLAresearch initiative “RESTRUCT” has built partnerships across campus infulfilment of both the college and the university strategic plans. The current UArizonastrategic plan dates to 2018; it may be found here: https://arizona.app.box.com/s/u4g5d2a0vvurwc3gfdx63e5ftbg22u78.
TheCity and Region
Thesite of Tucson on the Santa Cruz River lies within the northern reaches of thebeautiful and ecologically rich Sonoran Desert. It is the oldest continuouslyinhabited place in the continental United States and boasts a rich history ofindigenous, Spanish colonial, Mexican, and Anglo settlement, not to mention themore recent influx of Asian-Americans, refugees from Africa and the MiddleEast, and others. It hosts a population of over one million people in thelarger metropolitan area. Indeed, Southern Arizona has been a magnet fortravelers, tourists, artists, scientists, naturalists, archaeologists, otherscholars, and retirees since the nineteenth century. In 2015, Tucson became the first UNESCO City ofGastronomy in the US, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN). Located about 60 miles from the international border with Mexico, fast-growingTucson and its surrounding region serve as a model of the mix ofsocio-political, demographic, and environmental changes soon coming to the restof the country.
TheDirector’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
- Professional degree in Architecture
- Accomplishmentsthat 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
•Ph.D. or other advanced degree FLSA:
•Rank of Professor with tenure
•Professional licensure or viable path to it
•Experience in commitment to the mission of public education
•Experience in fundraising
ExemptFull Time/Part Time:
Full TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week:
40 Job FTE:
Organizational AdministrationBenefits Eligible:
Yes - Full BenefitsRate of Pay:
Salary will be commensurate with experience Compensation Type:
salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) Type of criminal background check required::
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive) Number of Vacancies:
1 Target Hire Date:
Expected End Date:
Contact Information for Candidates:
Laura HollengreenOpen Date:
7/16/2021Open Until Filled:
YesDocuments Needed to Apply:
Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional DocumentsSpecial Instructions to Applicant:
Please submit the following:Diversity Statement:
-In the Additional Document slot: the name and contact information of three references
-In the Additional Document: a portfolio
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.