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Assistant Professor in Interior Architecture

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The University of Kansas
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Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe School of Architecture & Design at the University of Kansas invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Interior Architecture program housed within the Architecture Department. The position will begin in Spring 2022.

The Interior Architecture program was launched 2018 to offer a B.S. in Interior Architecture degree. The program currently is preparing for its CIDA accreditation, expected in 2024-25. Since its inception, the interior architecture student enrollment has been growing steadily. Students who graduate with the B.S. in Interior Architecture have the opportunity to apply for the M.Arch degree program within the architecture department.

The Architecture Department faculty’s core purpose is to prepare new practitioners in the design of the built environment. It does so primarily through its NAAB-accredited M.Arch program and its soon-to-be CIDA-accredited Interior Architecture program. It also offers a BA in Architectural Studies program, an MA in Architecture program, and a PhD program. It has urban design studios in Kansas City, as well as summer, semester, and year‐long study abroad programs in approximately fifteen international locations. Following the model set by our Health and Wellness Design Institute and the Design Department’s Center for Design Research, the Architecture Department is in the process of establishing research centers around our recognized areas of expertise: Design-Build, Sports and Entertainment, Interior Architecture, Public Interest Design, Historic Preservation, and Smart Cities. We believe in providing students with diverse experiences and a comprehensive design education that will prepare them for a rapidly changing profession and culture.

The School of Architecture and Design is dedicated to inclusive, diverse and equitable learning, teaching and working environment for its community of students, staff and faculty. We believe that the process of design is elevated when differences are respected, ideas are shared and people are connected. We recognize that all people should have a say in the creation of their own environment. We aspire to advance the culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and representation at the School of Architecture and Design. This task demands a collaborative approach and one that integrates culturally competent protocols and policies in our everyday ideas, thinking and practices. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Kansas actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.

Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral research university and one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The university enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate programs which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science disciplines. Situated in the historic, diverse, and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, Kansas, 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area, the University of Kansas’ Department of Architecture has a 108-year history of educating Architects who have made significant contributions to the State, region, and world. Job DescriptionWe seek candidates who are familiar with CIDA accreditation standards and process, are able to contribute to cross-disciplinary teaching and research initiatives and are willing to actively engage in student-centered initiatives and organizations.
Teaching (40% of total time)

Typical teaching expectation is two 6-credit studios and one 3-credit lecture or seminar per year. Meet department expectation in terms of student advising.Research (40% of total time)

Conduct scholarly research and/or creative activity in an area of scholarship and/or professional practice related to architecture and/or interior architecture.
Disseminate research results through exhibitions and/or conference presentations, and publications in books, monographs and/or appropriate journals and professional magazines.Service (20% of total time)

Meet department expectation in terms of serving on program and departmental committees.
Required QualificationsGraduate/post-professional degree in interior design or architecture (MID or equivalent, MFA, M.Arch, D.Arch*, or Ph.D.*).
  • Demonstrated ability to teach interior design studios and lighting design lectures/seminars (in addition to other interior design courses).
  • Demonstrated record of research and/or professional work in interior design and/or architecture.
  • * Candidates in an ABD (all but dissertation) phase of the doctoral degree will be considered. Appointment would have an “acting” designation assigned pending the completion of the degree with a time limit established by the University of Kansas. Additional Candidate InstructionsApplicants should submit: 1) Letter of intent, including a statement outlining their area of expertise, research and/or creative interests and scholarly development and show how they see these contributing to the professional‐degree program at the University of Kansas; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) Names and contact information (email included) of three references; and 4) A portfolio of professional, research and/or creative work as well as student work (as applicable). Please upload candidate package and indicate in the letter of intent a URL to access the complete digital version of the portfolio.

    In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Applicants review begins September 17, 2021 and will remain open until position is filled. To apply or for more information, go to: https://employment.ku.edu/academic/19652BR. Contact Information to ApplicantsProfessor Nisha A. Fernando
    Chair, Search Committee
    [email protected] Advertised Salary Rangecommensurate with experience Application Review Begins17-Sep-2021 Anticipated Start Date01-Jan-2022

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    Working at the University of Kansas 

    Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

    The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

    The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

    KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

    Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

    The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

    We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.

    Instruction 

    KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.

    Research 

    The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.

    Service 

    The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

    International Dimension 

    KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.

    Values 

    The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

    Our City and State 

    KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

    Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

    Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

    Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

    Making KU Your Home 

    Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

    At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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