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FACULTY POSITIONS IN CRITICAL DESIGN FUTURES & COMPUTATION-Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Employer
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Location
Charlotte, North Carolina

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Professional Fields, Architecture & Urban Planning
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The David R. Ravin School of Architecture (SoA) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte has a unique opportunity to offer multiple positions at all ranks, including assistant, associate, and full professor. We seek candidates who find common ground in the area of Critical Design Futures & Computation through techniques, tools, technologies, and theories that advance architectural design.

Strong applicants for the position will demonstrate potential in technology-centered design futures through a record of research, scholarship, and/or professional practice in areas such as AI-based approaches to design generation, human-machine interfaces, history and theory of design technologies, design for manufacturing, robotically supported construction, smart materials, responsive environments, ethnographic investigations into design technologies, and/or representation & visualization in order to support excellence in the design of the built environment.

Successful applicants will join the collaborative work in the SoA and help shape an emerging and projective curriculum. Responsibilities include coursework in the methods, practices, and/or theories pertaining to emerging design technologies, design studios, and advanced seminars—as well as collaborative engagement with SoA’s laboratories and interdisciplinary initiatives in the digital arts and design sciences. Strong applicants will have a demonstrated capacity to teach design studios and demonstrate innovative approaches to architectural pedagogy. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the capacity to teach computational approaches that address design, architectural, or urban challenges.

All positions will include responsibilities teaching design studios in the B.A. in Architecture and Master of Architecture programs. One open-rank position will include coordination of the Master of Science in Architecture: Design Computation program and a dual degree program with Computer Science / Information Technology.

Successful applicants will join the collaborative work in the SoA, currently involving six areas of distinction which include: Applied Critical History, Emergent Material Practices, Regenerative Systems Design, Social Justice Futures, the Computed Environment, and the Engaged City. While there is particular interest in supporting distinction in the area of the Computed Environment, the School of Architecture prioritizes and values architectural design above all else. Applicants may additionally contribute to more than one of our outlined areas of distinction, and candidates are encouraged to apply even if their primary interest lies outside of the computational design area.

Required and Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

For all positions, at least one advanced degree in architecture is required. A professional license in architecture and/or a Ph.D or post-professional degree in architecture or a related field is preferred. For the Design Computation Coordinator position, applicants who hold degrees in both architecture and computer science, a post-professional degree with a concentration in computation, and/or a record of collaborations with experts in computer science are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Qualified applicants must complete the online application at https://jobs.charlotte.edu/postings/52926 (positions #004002, #004016, #004024, #003332). Application requirements include 1) a cover letter, 2) a statement on research interests and objectives, 3) a statement of teaching interests as they intersect with the School’s curriculum, 4) an annotated portfolio, and 5) a CV including contact information for three references who will be contacted after a shortlist is formed. Review of applications will commence December 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the above position may be directed to Rachel Dickey at rachel.dickey@charlotte.edu.

Faculty appointments will commence on August 15, 2024.

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About Us

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina's urban research university. It leverages its location in the state's largest city to offer internationally competitive programs of research and creative activity, exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs, and a focused set of community engagement initiatives. UNC Charlotte maintains a particular commitment to addressing the cultural, economic, educational, environmental, health, and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. 

Located in the state’s largest metropolitan area, UNC Charlotte is among the fastest growing universities in the UNC System.  A large public university with a small college feel, UNC Charlotte’s 1,000-acre campus is the home away from home for more than 29,000 students.  The University offers internationally competitive research and creative activity opportunities and exemplary undergraduate, graduate and professional programs coupled with a focused set of community engagement initiatives that enrich the region’s quality of life.

In fulfilling our mission, we envision a University that promises:

  • An accessible and affordable quality education that equips students with intellectual and professional skills, ethical principles, and an international perspective.
  • A strong foundation in liberal arts and opportunities for experiential education to enhance students’ personal and professional growth.
  • A robust intellectual environment that values social and cultural diversity, free expression, collegiality, integrity, and mutual respect.
  • A safe, diverse, team-oriented, ethically responsible, and respectful workplace environment that develops the professional capacities of our faculty and staff.

To achieve a leadership position in higher education, we will:

  • Rigorously assess our progress toward our institutional, academic, and administrative plans using benchmarks appropriate to the goals articulated by our programs and in our plans.
  • Serve as faithful stewards of the public and private resources entrusted to us and provide effective and efficient administrative services that exceed the expectations of our diverse constituencies.
  • Create meaningful collaborations among university, business, and community leaders to address issues and opportunities of the region.
  • Develop an infrastructure that makes learning accessible to those on campus and in our community and supports the scholarly activities of the faculty.
  • Pursue opportunities to enhance personal wellness through artistic, athletic, or recreational activities.
  • Operate an attractive, environmentally responsible and sustainable campus integrated with the retail and residential neighborhoods that surround us.

Dual Career

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and productive faculty, administrators, and other professional staff members. We recognize that career decisions are influenced by family considerations.  For up to one year from the date of an employee’s relocation to Charlotte, the University will assist the employee’s  spouse or domestic partner with efforts to find employment within the University and/or within the surrounding area.

Diversity at UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is committed to cultivating diversity and inclusion throughout the campus. Our campus community is comprised of people who represent the wide breadth of gender identities, sexualities, races and ethnicities, faith traditions, nationalities, and other social groups and backgrounds.  All of these identities and experiences enrich the University as a whole.  UNC Charlotte strives to celebrate and leverage the benefits of this diversity, and to sustain an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, faculty, and staff.

To learn more about plans, programs, resources and news and events relating to diversity and inclusion at UNC Charlotte please use the following link: https://diversity.uncc.edu/

To access the full text of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion please use the following link: https://diversity.uncc.edu/sites/diversity.uncc.edu/files/media/Campus%20Plan%20for%20Diversity%2C%20Access%2C%20and%20Inclusion%202016.pdf

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Overview of the UNC Charlotte Plan for Campus Diversity, Access and Inclusion.

The goal of quality education for all at UNC Charlotte is the foundation for our Diversity Plan.  At its fullest potential, higher education allows students to interact with people from different backgrounds and to engage a range of ideas and perspectives.  This educational experience cultivates the skills that graduates will need to function adeptly in a global society.  

As North Carolina and the Charlotte region undergo rapid population growth and demographic change, UNC Charlotte must respond to the needs of a more diverse student population. It is imperative that the University prepare its students to become leaders and thriving citizens in a pluralistic and multicultural society. In adopting our Diversity Plan, we affirm that:

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    • We believe that a diverse faculty, staff and student body are critical in advancing teaching, scholarship, and community engagement at UNC Charlotte.
    • We are committed to enhancing opportunities for living, working and learning in a diverse environment
    • We are committed to educating our students to interact effectively and respectfully in the global community. 

      The Plan identifies components of a diverse campus community and outlines steps toward building an inclusive environment that promotes the success of all students, faculty, and staff. It is a living document that affirms our institutional values and is designed to offer guidance to University departments and units for achieving the University goals for diversity.  The seven broad objectives of the Diversity Plan are:

      1: Promote a broad understanding of goals for diversity, access, and inclusion for the University through active outreach to the campus community.

      2: Recruit and graduate a diverse student body that reflects community diversity and addresses the state’s need to increase access to higher education for historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students.

      3: Increase the recruitment of underrepresented faculty and advance their progression through the faculty ranks.

                  4: Increase the representation of staff from underrepresented groups.

      5: Ensure the presence of institutional environments and course development that enhance learning and appreciation for the full range of diversity.

      6: Develop external relationships with the community to enhance diversity on and off campus.

                  7: Ensure the Success of the Plan through Assessment, Accountability, and Recognition.

       

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