The College of Design at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is seeking a leader for the position of Head of the School of Architecture. This is an exciting opportunity to build on a strong institutional commitment to advance the profession. Long recognized as a national leader in architecture and urban design, the School has a rich history of collaboration with the local, national, and global design communities. Practicing architects are actively involved in our curricula as critics, mentors, and adjunct professors. The progressive profile and design focus of the Twin Cities metropolitan area are, in large part, reflections of the School’s legacy.
The University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture is invested in design grounded in critical representation (i.e., materials and media literacy, or drawing and making as ways of thinking) and social engagement (i.e., ethically motivated work that strives to make the world a better place). These commitments grow from the strong reputation of the School as a place where students learn how to draw and build skillfully and beautifully, and from the state of Minnesota's history of social progressiveness and humanitarianism. Our commitments to critical representation and social engagement reflect both what we have been and what, in 21st-century terms, we aspire to be. The Head of the School will become a leader in both the College of Design and the Twin Cities community of practice. The successful candidate will have a clearly defined and dynamic vision for the future of the discipline, knowledge of architectural practice and teaching, and insight into the profession’s role in meeting the challenges of a diverse and changing world. The Head of the School will articulate positions and practices with regard to the role of architecture in a future characterized by rapid social, ecological, and technological transformation.
This is a 100%-time, 12-month, academic administrative appointment at the level of Head with Faculty Rank (#9361), with an initial appointment of three years. Appointment as Head thereafter will be annually renewable, with ongoing retention of the tenured rank. Reappointment is contingent upon administrative review and evaluation. The Head must meet School of Architecture criteria for University tenure, through scholarly and/or practice achievements. The starting date for this position is negotiable, preferably no later than June 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience and reflects a faculty salary with administrative augmentation.
The Head of School will prompt inquiries involving future-oriented strategic partnerships, fund raising to support the School, harmonize academic programs within and beyond the School, and collaborate to integrate curricula across the College of Design.
The successful candidate will be skilled in managing organizational change and development, cultivating strong interpersonal relationships, and stimulating productive collaborations with architectural communities and with design and educational programs globally. The finalist will be student-oriented and will have experience that demonstrates skills in mentoring and empowering faculty, toward creating and sustaining influential architectural scholarship, education, and practice. Candidates will have a record of distinguished administrative leadership and respected advancements in the profession, including demonstrated success in leading teams, garnering extramural funding, and/or producing nationally recognized scholarly works. The successful candidate will have a strong record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Strategic Leadership: Exert visionary, dynamic, and effective leadership; formulate progressive strategies aligned with College and University missions and values, while reflecting changes in the discipline and profession of architecture. Display ability and commitment to working with students to understand the needs of a changing and increasingly diverse student body. Partner with student leaders to develop curricula and teaching standards that reflect the progressive culture of the School. Determine departmental priorities and goals, including those related to interdisciplinary, interdepartmental, and intercollegiate collaboration, teaching, and research. Act as a catalyst for innovation and growth of programs, the department, and the College overall. Maintain balanced leadership for faculty members’ teaching, scholarship, and service to College, University, community, and discipline. Support and prioritize the professional development of faculty members as teachers, researchers, designers, and engaged community members. Identify and support opportunities arising from architecture’s recent classification as a STEM discipline. Oversee recruitment of students for undergraduate and graduate programs, and management of transfers into academic programs. Supervise directors of academic programs and research centers. Foster effective working relationships among faculty and staff. Create an engaging, collaborative work environment to support a diverse faculty, staff, and student community. Seek, attract, and cultivate diverse ideas and perspectives. Facilitate collaborations among faculty and students within and beyond the School. Preside over departmental meetings, organize communication within the department, and provide a communication link between individuals in the department and College administration. Serve as a member of the dean’s senior leadership group; communicate and support collegiate decisions within the School. Represent the School in the College and University. Advance the reputation of the School in the wider community.
Diversity and Inclusion: Actively build systems that support and enable all students and faculty to thrive regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, ability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Actively work to remove structures that have resulted in severe underrepresentation of women and diverse students, faculty, and practitioners within the profession. Support an architectural pedagogy that promotes diversity and inclusion through valuing student, staff, and faculty mental health and well-being.
Student-Focused Teaching: Promote excellence in teaching. Encourage innovative approaches to teaching and curriculum development. Encourage incorporation of research results into evolving curricula. Ensure actualization of requirements for accreditation. Collaborate with faculty across the College to distill general principles of design as bases for shared curricula. Foster a climate that values the mentoring of both undergraduate and graduate students, including learning abroad and global research opportunities. Make a visible and ongoing commitment to student mental and physical well-being. Foster a culture that encourages the development of design through empathy. Support and reward faculty research on pedagogy, as well as career-long faculty professional development, training, and initiatives in pedagogical methods and approaches.
Scholarship (Research and Creative Production): Promote multiple forms of scholarship, facilitating and supporting community engagement and the dissemination of knowledge through publications, exhibitions, design-build projects, and presentations at national and international meetings. Participate in mentoring of faculty to frame long-term research agendas that address societal issues, involve diverse perspectives, and sustain funding strategies, while acknowledging and responding to the variety of disciplinary approaches and criteria represented by the School’s faculty across the fields of design, technology, social and environmental sciences, history, and theory. Recognize potentials for broad application of architectural design knowledge. Maintain an active research and/or practice agenda of national and international prominence.
Service: Lead initiatives and working groups, participate in committees, and perform other service functions at the departmental, College, and University levels, while encouraging faculty and students to do the same. Support development of faculty service to their profession regionally, nationally, and globally, while ensuring an equitable distribution of service loads among faculty and avoiding biases. Support student, staff, and faculty organizations. Identify student-community partnership opportunities and create funding streams to support these partnerships. Partner with appropriate constituencies to support and expand community-engagement opportunities. Promote funding strategies to initiate and advance the impact of community-based work.
Human Resources: Ensure adoption of applicable best practices and ensure that all HR practices are in alignment with University, College, and School policies and procedures. Foster a climate of excellence and empathy in all aspects of the academic mission. Foster a culture of collegiality and civility. Supervise and mentor faculty and staff. Oversee activities of department searches to recruit faculty who are open-minded and collaborative. Participate in introducing new faculty to organizational and cultural practices of the School, College, and University. Hold individual faculty and the collective faculty of the School accountable for furthering University and College programs of research, teaching, and service. Create a climate in which faculty, staff, and student employees are encouraged to continuously develop and learn; ensure that faculty are provided with appropriate development opportunities. Promote equitable treatment of people from diverse backgrounds. Facilitate promotion and tenure procedures; initiate and maintain professional mentoring and coaching; oversee and promote a fair and just compensation system; ensure equitable workloads for faculty, staff, and student assistants; and engage disciplinary proceedings as needed. Make recommendations to the dean regarding salary adjustments and academic appointments. Work with University offices and resources devoted to intercultural sensitivity, diversity, and inclusion by promoting training, assessments, and other initiatives for faculty, staff, and students.
Operations and Compliance: Administer and manage assigned resources (fiscal, human, facilities, and capital). Promote financial stewardship and provide oversight to daily operations of the School by working with program directors and staff. Ensure alignment of operational practices with University, College, and School policies and guidelines.
Financial Management: Effectively oversee and manage annual budget; execute a balanced operating budget, resolving any emergent fiscal issues. Understand how to do more with less in the rapidly changing context of higher education. Participate in the creation of income-generating partnerships and programs. Make responsible decisions for acquisition, assignment, and reallocation of academic resources (curricula and teaching assignments) and fiscal resources (University, state, and federal funding; grants and contracts; gifts). Ensure financial decisions are aligned with University, College, and School policies and strategic priorities. Provide leadership in procurement of grant and endowment funding for support and development of School and faculty programs. Participate in College and School planning and budget processes.
Professional or terminal degree in architecture; (BArch, MArch, MS in Architecture, or PhD.)
Substantial experience in architectural education and/or practice compatible with the offerings of the School and College.
Record of achievement in leadership, such as one or more of the following or equivalent: academic administration, firm leadership, grant leadership, faculty development, student recruiting, and/or other related experiences.
Eligible for the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with University tenure according to School of Architecture criteria, based on scholarly and/or practice achievements.
Demonstrated understanding and appreciation of a broad range of design and scholarly disciplines and their affinity with architecture.
Experience teaching architecture at a college level.
Experience with interdisciplinary teaching, research, and/or practice.
Commitment to fostering gender equity and ethnic diversity, and to supporting diversity of ideas and perspectives.
Ability to build consensus and to demonstrate empathy as a leader.
Experience in professional and/or graduate education.
Understanding of the value of professional licensure and commitment to the School’s role in supporting licensure for graduates.
Experience building resources from industry, foundations, donors and/or government sources to support teaching, research, scholarship, and/or institutional priorities.
Strong record of experience in administration, including financial and personnel management.
Record of mentoring the scholarly/creative productivity of others.
Record of success in supporting curricular development and programmatic innovation in undergraduate and/or graduate education.
Demonstrated ability to foster an environment of open, honest, and respectful discussion, and a culture of civility and collegiality by serving as an engaged community leader.
Ability to work productively with University and College administrators, faculty, staff, students, and/or other constituencies.
Ability to advocate for the School of Architecture, College of Design, and University of Minnesota, within and outside of the University.
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