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Assistant Professor of Architecture

University of San Diego
San Diego

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Professional Fields, Architecture & Urban Planning
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Full Time
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Job Details

Posting #: 3792
Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences

Position Title & Department:

Assistant Professor of ArchitecturePosting #


Department Description:

The Architecture Program is part of the Department of Art, Architecture and Art History. Our design studios emphasize critical thinking and the development of the architectural imagination, informed by an expansive curriculum in the history and theory of architecture. The program is also organically tied to the Visual Arts and Art History majors that form the department. The department fosters a very active undergraduate research program that especially engages first generation and underrepresented students.

Detailed Description:

The Department of Art, Architecture and Art History of the University of San Diego invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of assistant professor to begin September 2022.

This faculty position is aligned with the Horizon Project that seeks to increase the diversity of faculty and students at USD.

The successful candidate will teach architectural design studios, supervise undergraduate student research, develop lectures and seminars, and help advance the discipline through research and practice. In addition, they will contribute to shaping the architecture program’s future, as well as engage in university service.

The qualified candidate will also have opportunities to participate in the following research and teaching clusters as part of the College of Arts and Sciences multi-year hiring plan:

  • Borders and Social Justice: Given our region’s binational context, and USD’s location near the US-Mexico Border, this cluster examines borders as contested social, political, cultural and physical constructs that condense ongoing climate crises, settler colonialism, mass displacement, forms of surveillance, and housing insecurity.
  • Climate Change and Environmental Justice: This cluster examines the intersections of sustainability and resilience, with particular attention to the impact of climate change on racial, gender, social justice and equity.
  • Technology and the Human Experience: This cluster interrogates smart technologies and big data to understand, challenge, and address inherent prejudice, bias, and discrimination in the built environment
  • Job Requirements:

    We seek candidates with a proven record of excellence in architectural design pedagogy, of mentoring students from underrepresented groups within the context of liberal arts education, and of contributing to the discipline through architectural practice and research.

    Candidates must have an M.Arch, or a B.Arch with a Masters Degree (M.Des, MS, MA or equivalent), and 3+ years of experience teaching architectural design. Expected markers of excellence in design and design pedagogy include national and international awards, publications, exhibitions, student work portfolios, and samples of original design studio briefs.

    Background check: Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

    Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes.

    Posting Salary:

    Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits.

    The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers. Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer. USD: Human Resources: Benefits

    Special Application Instructions:Resume Required Click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application.

    Applications should include:

      Letter of application should delineate professional and teaching interests, and reference to the cluster(s) of interest

      Curriculum vitae

      A teaching portfolio/statement (with briefs and sample student work), proposals of a minimum of two studios and one seminar course you would like to teach at the University of San Diego. Work samples and students’ work should be submitted in the form of a URL. No email submissions.

      Samples of written, professional and design work. Work samples and students’ work should be submitted in the form of a URL. No email submissions.

      Diversity statement, in which you address A) your values with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion; B) your experience working with minoritized populations and/or on issues that disproportionately affect diverse populations, and C) your plans related to diversity and inclusion in your teaching and research.

      Contact information for three references who will be contacted for letters of reference.

    For inquiries, please contact Dr. Can Bilsel Search Committee Chair, [email protected].

    If you have any technical questions or difficulties, please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at [email protected].

    Deadline for priority consideration: November 19, 2021

    Additional Details:

    The University of San Diego is a private Roman Catholic university that sits on the Indigenous homeland of the Kumeyaay people. The San Diego region is the third most populated area for American Indians in California and is surrounded by four autonomous Indigenous nations: the Kumeyaay, Luiseño, Cupeño, and Cahuilla. These four nations, represented by 19 tribes, make San Diego County home to the largest concentration of individual tribes in the United States. San Diego is also the second largest city in the state, near the busiest port of entry on an international border, and hosts significant ethnic, immigrant, and refugee communities from around the globe, including Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Africa. Serving more than 5,500 undergraduate students, the university holds a commitment to advancing academic excellence, global citizenship, ethical knowledge and conduct, and compassionate service.

    The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

    The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit

    Advertised: July 26, 2021 Pacific Daylight Time
    Applications close: Open until filled


    The University of San Diego is a Roman Catholic institution committed to advancing academic excellence, expanding liberal and professional knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, and preparing leaders dedicated to ethical conduct and compassionate service.

    Located on 180 acres overlooking the city of San Diego, Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean, the campus is a community treasure, with Spanish Renaissance-inspired buildings and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

    Chartered in 1949, the university enrolls more than 7,000 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. In less than 60 years, the University of San Diego has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally ranked university. This achievement is the direct result of a single, unwavering expectation: academic excellence.

    USD offers more than 60 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The university adds depth to education by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. The breadth of programs and depth of facilities means that students can easily find a course of study that ignites their intellectual fire. In the classroom, coursework across disciplines encourages students to develop their critical thinking skills.

    Small class size means the instructors know their students and can stimulate curious minds with anything from participation in a research project to an after-class discussion on topic. Instructors welcome the free exchange of complex ideas in an environment of tolerance and civility. In this environment, students begin a lifelong habit of appreciating and cultivating their individual gifts.

    To complement this instruction, the university's Honors program provides a challenging curriculum for USD's uniquely motivated students. The university also holds memberships in several honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.

    While intellectual growth is key, USD adds depth to the education experience by inspiring students to grow spiritually, morally and socially. An active faith community invites widespread student participation. In the classroom, study is accompanied by an examination of ethics and values University of San Diego students inquire freely and challenge ideas, exercise moral, spiritual and social judgment, serve others, and contemplate social justice in their lives and in their chosen fields. These students are truly educated. These students achieve excellence.

    Students, faculty and staff are active members of the community, volunteering time and expertise, fostering friendships, and working to preserve the region’s unique character. With a population of more than 7,500 students and approximately 2,000 employees, the university impacts the life of the area economically, politically and socially. In turn, the university welcomes the community to participate in campus life, through classes, special events, sports, forums and tours.

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