Visiting Assistant Professor in Architecture and Landscape Architecture
The Department of Architecture at Thomas Jefferson University, together with the College of Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE), seeks candidates for a full-time, 9-month, Visiting Assistant Professor in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The contract will be one year, beginning in August 2024, with an option to renew.
The College aspires to complement a collegial faculty with an individual capable of advancing critical areas of design fundamentals and their integration into trans-disciplinary design processes. The position will be expected to develop critical insights into these relevant areas of the curriculum and to teach in studio, lecture and seminar courses emphasizing design at the undergraduate level.
We seek applicants whose work and lived experiences will expand our intellectual diversity. We value applicants whose work elevates marginalized voices, embraces the humanistic dimensions of design, and engages their intersection with technology. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented communities including women, Native American peoples, Black and Indigenous peoples of color, Latinx, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply.
Candidates must possess one of the following categories of acceptable academic credentials:
1. a combination of a professional bachelor's and a master's degree; or
2. a terminal professional master's degree;
Degrees must be in Architecture, Landscape Architecture or a closely related discipline. Foreign equivalents to U.S. degrees are acceptable. Uniquely qualified candidates without the minimum academic credentials – who hold professional registration in architecture or landscape architecture, exemplify exceptional professional experience, and present widely-recognized professional work – will also be considered.
We will consider applicants with degrees and experience in practice, research, and teaching in both architecture and landscape architecture. We also seek applicants with a demonstrable capacity to teach beginning design students. We are open to interpretations of this charge including, but not limited to, design fundamentals, community and civic engagement, design and social equity, and sustainable design.
Special consideration will be given to candidates who have demonstrated success in advancing equity and justice in the built environment and have professional and some teaching experience. Candidates should also have experience using advanced digital software and technologies related to the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture. Candidates possessing or actively pursuing professional registration in Architecture or Landscape Architecture are preferred.
About the Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture is founded on the belief that architecture has the power to improve lives by creating, activating, facilitating and substantiating innovative and inclusive design for all communities and environments. Faculty with diverse perspectives and backgrounds can foster an interdisciplinary academic experience that positions architecture at the dynamic center of social, cultural, historical, technological, and physical issues within our shared world. A commitment to design excellence, social equity and sustainability is evident throughout the curriculum and faculty research. We aim to equip graduates with the creativity, competence, compassion and conviction to be positive agents of change and stewards of the built environment.
About the College of Architecture and the Built Environment
The College of Architecture and the Built Environment at Thomas Jefferson University is comprised of four departments including Architecture, Interior Design & Interior Architecture, Construction Management, and Sustainable Environments with undergraduate, graduate and PhD degree programs.
The mission of the College of Architecture and the Built Environment is to educate the next generation of architecture, design and construction professionals to create an equitable and sustainable future. Curricula emphasize specialized knowledge unique to each discipline, paired with interdisciplinary collaboration that prepares students for practice in a global community.
About Thomas Jefferson University
Thomas Jefferson University is a leader in transdisciplinary, professional education. Jefferson, founded in 1824, is a preeminent national doctoral university delivering high-impact education in 160 undergraduate and graduate programs to 8,200 students in architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion and textiles, health, medicine, science and social science. Jefferson is re-defining the higher education value proposition with an approach that is collaborative and active; increasingly global; integrated with industry; focused on research across disciplines to foster innovation and discovery; and technology-enhanced. Student-athletes compete as the Jefferson Rams in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
As an employer, Jefferson is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights and dignity of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status.
Application Submission Instructions
A portfolio of scholarly inquiry and/or outstanding professional work is required, and a trajectory of critical inquiry aligned with the program's design approach and core values is highly desired. Candidates must be qualified by education and experience to teach at the undergraduate level.
Candidates should submit in digital format:
1. A Letter of Application: We request a statement that provides an overview of the candidate's interest in the position, and the College, relative to their research, teaching, practice, creative, and/or scholarly work. Applicants are encouraged to discuss approaches to advancing equity and justice in the built environment.
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Portfolio of Teaching, Research and Professional Work (25-page maximum): We request evidence of successful, innovative, and collaborative work demonstrating a focus on trans-disciplinary work in architecture and landscape architecture.
4. Names and Contact Information for Three (3) References
The preferred submission deadline for materials is March 1, 2024. The search will remain open until suitable candidates are identified.
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Questions? Contact Tiffany Mercer-Robbins at [email protected]