Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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Professional Fields, Architecture & Urban Planning
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Job Details

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-11-14
Req: R0028636
We seek a collaborative and visionary colleague who can contribute meaningfully to the School of Architecture’s leadership team by helping to frame and guide tangible systems change within the School, while actively participating in broader efforts of institutional transformation across the University of Virginia. Questions of race, identity, culture, power and belonging underpin all our disciplines at the School of Architecture. The Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AD JEDI) will significantly contribute to the intellectual expansion of scholarship within our disciplines, transforming the canon, its interpretation and capacity for cultural transformation. The AD JEDI will be a key member of the Office of the Dean’s Executive Team, newly established by Dean Malo Hutson, which includes Associate Deans of Academics, of Finance, of Research, and of Strategic Initiatives; the Creative Director of Communications; the Assistant to the Dean; and the Executive Director of the School of Architecture Foundation. The AD JEDI will bring intellectual and empathic leadership as well as strategic and imaginative thinking to our shared project of rethinking institutional structures, centered on anti-racism, equity, intersectional understanding, and the dismantling of white privilege as a deeply engrained institutional legacy.

In 2017, the School of Architecture’s Inclusion + Equity Committee began work on a wide-ranging plan of action, motivated by our commitment to the university as a space for cultivating democracy, one dedicated to “the sustained, critical rethinking of our institutional policies, practices, and structures.” In June 2020, over 500 members of the School of Architecture community signed a Call to Action, urging the School of Architecture “to accept the challenge of setting a precedent for an anti-racist design pedagogy,” with a key priority of appointing an Associate Dean of Inclusion + Equity. That same summer, President Jim Ryan appointed a Racial Equity Task Force, whose final report, “Audacious Future: Commitment Required,” issued in August 2020 and endorsed by UVA’s Board of Visitors, lays out a detailed action plan for the University of Virginia. This pivotal moment of institutional transformation presents an unparalleled opportunity to spearhead the continued co-creation and implementation of long-term solutions that are integrated into our educational mission, daily operations. and culture.

Although systems transformation can manifest through many forms, a successful leader in this role will likely:

• Contribute to the intellectual expansion of scholarship within our disciplines to address and unpack questions of race, identity, culture, power, and belonging.
• Oversee policy, curricular, and programmatic transformation to ensure the School’s JEDI commitments manifest with intended outcomes.
• Support JEDI fund-raising efforts, including those focused on the School’s Project Pipeline, our DEI Scholarships, and other critical initiatives.
• Collaborate and coordinate with University-wide DEI transformation efforts, including partnering with the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships; other Associate Deans across the University, the Center for Redress of Inequity through Community-Engaged Scholarship, and other significant university partners.
• Work in dialogue with key national and international partners and allies to ensure that the School has a leading voice in devising and disseminating transformative practices focused on equity in our disciplines.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will be an accomplished scholar/practitioner, with a record of significant research and exemplary teaching, who holds a PhD or terminal degree in a field related to our disciplines. This candidate would be a generative, transdisciplinary thinker, eager to galvanize partnerships within and across organizational boundaries, with the personal and professional integrity needed to hold the School to high standards of institutional accountability. The candidate will have a strong history of commitment to addressing issues of justice and identity within the built environment through their research and have proven capacity to center race and culture through their teaching. This is an open-rank, tenure-track eligible position. Faculty rank will be based on candidate qualifications.

Interpersonal Characteristics

• Exceptional personal and professional integrity
• Thoughtful, transparent, and collegial
• Collaborative within, and across, organizational boundaries
• Strong interpersonal skills with a high level of emotional intelligence
• Excellent verbal and written communicator
• Personal humility and sense of humor

To Apply or Nominate

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Susan Gaines at To apply, submit a letter of interest and CV at The search will be carried out with full confidentiality.

Additional information can be found at:

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Due to the scope of President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 issued in early September, all University employees, including remote employees, must receive their final vaccination dose by January 4, 2022, unless they have a University-approved religious or medical exemption. The University has updated policy SEC-045 to reflect these new requirements.  

If hired by the Academic Division, excluding School of Medicine, School of Nursing, UVA Physicians Group, and the Health Systems Library, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination or be willing to be vaccinated by January 4, 2022. Academic employees may apply for a University-approved medical or religious exemption.

Note: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how vaccination requirements will apply to you, please visit the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements webpage.

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