Summary of Duties: The School of Design and Construction (SDC), Washington State University, is seeking applications for Director. The director is principally responsible for conveying and communicating the mission, vision, and values of the SDC and providing strategic leadership and outreach. As the face of the SDC, the director assumes a high-profile role to publicly represent the School and its interests in every capacity. S/he must be committed to the diversity and breadth of the SDC while upholding the mission of a land-grant university.
Established in 2012 as a single unit, the SDC features a unique amalgamation of programs comprising the majority of the academic disciplines associated with the development of the built environment: Architecture, Construction Management, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. Additionally, the SDC is involved in a collaborative degree in Construction Engineering focused on the intersection between Civil Engineering and Construction Management. This integrated environment provides the highest caliber of interdisciplinary education for the next generation of design and construction professionals.
The SDC has established a strong foundation via increased enrollment, external fundraising, integrated coursework, a new strategic plan and tenure and promotion guidelines, and well-defined policies and procedures describing its shared governance. Consistently high employment rates (averaging 94%) demonstrate the value placed upon degree holders from the SDC's programs. A strong advisory board and alumni base support connections between industry and academia and ensure the ongoing vitality of the programs and the SDC. All programs in the SDC received the maximum allowable extension of national accreditation within the past five years.
The SDC is prepared to advance initiatives focused around its five signature research themes (health, performance, technology, place, and experience). The SDC is poised to expand global and industry collaboration, and beyond-the classroom learning experiences, to lead the way as a model for collaborative education at WSU. The SDC is committed to being the premier destination for integrated design and construction in the West.
See www.sdc.wsu.edu for more information.
The director carries out the SDC's mission, vision, and values and represents the SDC to the students, college, university, community, professions, and industry.
The director provides strategic leadership; advances the professional development and promotion of faculty and staff; oversees curriculum development and instructional assignments; and manages, assesses, and supports research programs.
The director participates in the graduate and undergraduate programs; recruits and manages personnel; heads the leadership team; and monitors facilities, equipment, and promotional material.
The director develops, oversees, and manages budgets.
The director works to secure extramural support through relationships with alumni, the advisory board, and other constituents.
The director actively promotes and fosters consensus building and teamwork through collaborative school activities such as faculty-staff and all-School meetings; committee arrangements; the lecture series; symposia; student competitions; and commencement.
The director is expected to be non-partisan, representing the entire SDC and acting on its behalf in proposals, actions, and supervision.
The director serves on college and/or university-wide committees as requested by the dean, and, as directors have faculty appointments, may teach if resources necessitate.
The director engages in outreach activities that pertain to supporting and promoting SDC operations and future development.
Required Qualifications: Ability to attain the rank of Associate Professor or Professor upon appointment. Demonstrated knowledge and achievement in interdisciplinary education and/or contemporary issues related to design and construction. Proved management and leadership skills in academic and/or professional setting.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carne...gie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.