The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the School of Architecture.
The School of Architecture seeks intellectually motivated candidates capable of leading an ambitious group of faculty, students, and staff forward while addressing, in a meaningful manner, the complexities of the discipline, the profession, and a diverse society. The Director is responsible for the intellectual, organizational, and strategic ambitions of the school and should be comfortable with and supportive towards a plurality of approaches related to teaching, research, engagement, and practice.
In a time of growth and change for the school, college, and university, there are many opportunities to both harness and hone what the school has already established through its deep history as well as plotting new trajectories into the near and far future. This requires a leader who maintains a broad stance in the discipline and demonstrates the capacity to synthesize across a wide array of approaches and tactics that include architectural practice, environmental and social justice, culture and politics, visualization and representation, logistics and economies, computation and information, ecologies and metabolisms, as well as the many other entangled global issues currently facing architecture and society.
In addition to intellectual leadership, the Director should be fiscally, organizationally, and managerially well-equipped to lead the school while fostering and maintaining a culture of collaboration with other schools in the college—interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design. The Director should understand the shared project among the varied constituencies of the college and the school, and should be able to listen and communicate sensibly to a wide range of faculty, administrators, students, alumni, and others. The Director manages the budget, advocates on behalf of the school both internally and externally, and plots strategic futures financially and organizationally. The Director should understand the relationship between the minutiae of daily organizational decisions as a function of the larger goals and dreams.
The University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University and who embody these values. The Director must lead the school with earnest and conscientious attention to the full range of people involved in the operation. Working with administration, faculty, staff, and students, the Director is responsible for fostering an inclusive and equitable academic community, developing meaningful strategies for addressing institutional and discipline-specific inequities, and diversifying the next generations of design professionals.
Minimum Required Qualifications
Candidates must hold at least one of the following: a professional undergraduate degree in architecture and a graduate degree in architecture or a related field; a professional graduate degree in architecture; a doctoral degree in architecture or a related field; or international equivalent.
Candidates must possess research, scholarship, creative work, and/or practice that merit appointment at the rank of full professor.
Demonstrated record of visionary, strategic, and creative leadership.
Demonstrated skills in communications and active listening in collaborating with diverse constituencies, such as campus community, professional community, local community, alumni, and other stakeholders.
Interpersonal skills that indicate a high level of professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, and personal accountability.
On Creative Accomplishments, Design Excellence
Brings a portfolio of research, scholarship, creative work, engagement, and/or practice that demonstrates the ability to pursue self-directed intellectual objectives.
Holds an architectural license or equivalent international credentials.
On Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Demonstrated commitment to effectively act on the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Accomplishments demonstrating a clear understanding of undergraduate and graduate level design education in support of excellent studio-based design instruction.
Demonstrated support for traditional and emergent technologies and the development of innovative, future-oriented curricula.
On Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity, and Engaged Scholarship
Demonstrated support for a plurality of approaches to architectural research, scholarship, creative work, and engagement, and experience in supporting faculty to realize those diverse research objectives.
Established record of working across academic or disciplinary design units and programs.
On Management, Fostering Partnerships
Demonstrated understanding of the research, instructional, service, and engagement demands of a Research-1, land-grant university.
Established experience with fiscal management, facilitation, and negotiation including fundraising and a forward-thinking approach to growth and management.
Demonstrated record of identifying and partnering with professional and industry partners who advance curricular and research initiatives and strategic goals.
The primary mission of the University of Tennessee is to move forward the frontiers of human knowledge and enrich and elevate the citizens of the state of Tennessee, the nation, and the world. As the preeminent research-based land-grant university in the state, UT embodies the spirit of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, outreach, and engagement attained by the nation’s finest public research institutions.
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