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Assistant Professor in Architecture & Design
University of Kansas

  • Jan. 11, 2018
  • Assistant Professor in Architecture & Design
  • Architecture Design & Planning
  • University of Kansas
    Lawrence, KS
    United States
  • Open until filled
  • Fall 2018
  • Assistant Professor
  • Architecture/Landscape Architecture
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Position Overview

The School of Architecture & Design at the University of Kansas invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture with an emphasis in Urban Design beginning in the Fall of 2018.

Situated in the historic and culturally vibrant city of Lawrence, a thriving diverse community 40 minutes from the Kansas City metropolitan area, the School of Architecture & Design has a 100-year history of educating architects and designers who have made significant contributions to the State, region, and world. Our mission is to be the pioneering force for global impact through design.

Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral research university and one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The university enrolls more than 28,000 students and offers students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in its graduate programs which include education, public health, medicine, law, and a number of allied social science disciplines.

The Architecture Department has urban design studios in Kansas City in addition to summer, semester, and year‐long foreign study programs in approximately fifteen international locations. Following the model set by our Health and Wellness Design Institute and Center for Design Research, the School is in the process of establishing research centers around our recognized areas of expertise: Design-Build, Sports and Entertainment, Interior Architecture, and Smart Cities. We believe in providing students with diverse experiences and a comprehensive design education that will prepare them for a rapidly changing profession and culture. We invite innovative and creative new faculty to join our efforts. We are seeking candidates with an emphasis in Urban Design with the following characteristics:

Committed to innovative thinking about contemporary urbanization and the city, and who are willing to engage in constructive dialogue not just with urban planners but also with colleagues in all disciplines across the University.
Ability to engage in conceptualizing and developing cross-disciplinary research and academic initiatives that bear on the possibilities for reshaping global contemporary urban environments.
Demonstrated excellence in the application of design skills and digital technologies to the built environment.
A capacity to promote and reflect upon some the most pressing socio-spatial challenges of our time including climate change and the environmental impacts of urbanization, transformation in the nature of work, increasing economic and social inequality, global and local patterns of displacement, etc.
Demonstrated expertise in a global context for urban design and familiarity with urban design and planning issues facing our State, region, and particularly Kansas City’s Smart City initiatives.
Demonstrated excellence in teaching both design studios and lecture/seminar courses.
The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the School of Architecture and Design including a diversity of scholarly approaches, and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see Women, minorities, and candidates who will contribute to the climate of diversity in the School of Architecture and Design, including diversity of scholarly artistic approaches are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description

Teaching (40% of total time)
Typical teaching expectation is two 6-credit studios and one 3-credit lecture or seminar per year.
Meet department expectation in terms of student advising.

Research (40% of total time)
Conduct scholarly research and/or creative activity in an area of scholarship and/or professional practice with issues related to Urban Design.
Disseminate research results through exhibitions and/or conference presentations, and publications in books, monographs and/or appropriate journals and professional magazines.

Service (20% of total time)
Meet department expectation in terms of serving on departmental committees.
Provide general service to the Department, University, State, and the profession.

Required Qualifications

All candidates must possess:
A first professional degree in architecture or some related field (landscape architecture, urban design, planning theory, land use and transportation, urban resilience, globalization and urban development, environmental design, etc.) AND an advanced graduate degree/licensure/or equivalent.
A specialization and demonstrated expertise in Urban Design as ascertained in application materials.
Demonstrated record of creative work or research that may include built work, theoretical explorations, scholarship, publications, exhibitions or competitions.

Contact Information to Applicants

Joe Colistra

Additional Candidate Instruction

Initial review of applications began 15 December, 2017 and the position will remain open until a qualified candidate has been identified.

Applicants should submit: 1) Letter of intent, including a statement outlining their area of expertise, research and/or creative interests and scholarly development and show how they see these contributing to the professional‐degree program at the University of Kansas; 2) Curriculum Vitae; 3) Names and contact information (email included) of three references; and 4) A portfolio of professional, research and/or creative work as well as student work (as applicable). Please upload candidate package in pdf form and indicate in the letter of intent a URL to access the complete digital version of the portfolio.

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