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  • Assistant Research Professor of Architecture
    Department of Architecture
    Ball State University

    Department of Architecture

    Assistant Research Professor of Architecture

    Ball State University

    The Department of Architecture at Ball State University seeks applicants for one “Design Innovation Fellow,” full-time contract faculty position available for the academic year 2023-24, starting August 18, 2023, renewable for an additional year upon favorable intermediate review. The fellowship intends to support individuals committed to expanding and advancing the culture of architecture and design through creative practice or research. The primary emphasis of the position is centered on innovative research within the field of architectural design.

    Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State University’s ambitious goals for our second century:

    We pledge to provide a premier educational experience for every student.
    • We pledge to partner with the community to improve the lives of our neighbors.
    • We are dedicated to having a lifelong presence in the lives of our alumni.
    And when we complement these promises with our commitment to our enduring values, we define that which makes our University and its culture distinctive.

    Our faculty are collegial, collaborative, innovative, inclusive, and adaptive, both within and beyond one’s home unit. These attributes include commitments to collaborative discourse, interdisciplinary inquiry, and enterprising learning practices.

    Our faculty are expected to be innovative, adaptive, engaging teachers across modalities; producers of impactful creative and/or scholarly work; leaders in meaningful service activities to multiple communities. We seek faculty members who are strategic thinkers, engaging our dynamic communities. We are committed to student and faculty success, impact, and access, within an environment that prioritizes inclusive excellence. We inspire each other to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens, so that we can pursue fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.

    At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

    Position Function: The successful candidate will teach in our professional graduate and/or undergraduate architecture programs. Includes design studios and/or support courses (lecture/seminar) that could support the applicant’s research agenda. Areas of fellow investigation include but are not limited to emerging design media such as industrial robotics and contemporary fabrication techniques, innovative material assembly research, machine learning/artificial intelligence and AR/VR (Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality), etc.
    A 25% release for research will be available to assist the Fellow’s pursuit of a vigorous design/research agenda that culminates in an exhibition, public lecture or exhibit, and potential publication of work at the conclusion of the fellowship.

    Minimum Qualifications:  Master’s degree in Architecture or related field from an accredited college or university required by date of appointment.

    Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

    Preferred Qualifications: Evidence of excellence in contemporary design, technologies, systems, visualization and fabrication methods; design research, design methodologies and scholarship; ability to articulate agenda for fellowship duration; potential to take on a leadership role in shaping the future discourse of design disciplines.

    Apply online at:

    Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter addressed to search committee chair. In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500. 

    The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through March 5, 2023.

    State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

    The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

    The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave.  For further information regarding benefits please visit:   

    Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.



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