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.
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 the national discourse, and expand our international visibility. In all these settings, a demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and the 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.
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 the 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
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 degrees
Professional licensure or viable path to it
Evidence of commitment to the mission of public education
Experience in fundraising
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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.
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Laura Hollengreen, Associate Dean of CAPLA for Academic Affairs College of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture University of Arizona 1040 North Olive Road