Architecture Program Director – Kent State University

Opportunity: The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at Kent State University invites applications and nominations for Program Director for its Bachelor of Science in Architecture (B.S.) and Master of Architecture (M.Arch) programs starting July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will help formulate and implement an ambitious vision for 21st-century architectural education through creative collaboration with faculty and as an integral member of the CAED’s leadership team. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of effective academic leadership along with exceptional teaching in architecture and research and/or creative work.


College Highlights: The CAED’s distinguished faculty, cutting-edge facilities, and established programs in Architecture, Architectural Studies, Interior Design, Construction Management, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Health Care Design, and Architecture and Environmental Design offer numerous cross-disciplinary research opportunities and maintain close relationships with regional industries and design practitioners. Resources include a new state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab and other digital design assets; unique international study opportunities; a progressive extracurricular lecture and exhibition series; and campus partnerships with other units including the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Aeronautics and Engineering, and the highly regarded School of Art, The Fashion School, School of Visual Communication Design, and Liquid Crystal Institute. The CAED is instrumental in the University’s growing emphasis on Design Innovation. Its 32 full-time faculty and administrators, and over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students now occupy three exciting locations: the spectacular new 107,000 sq. ft. Center for Architecture and Environmental Design designed by Weiss/Manfredi on the edge of downtown Kent; the recently renovated Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative in Playhouse Square; and the Palazzo Vettori in the historic center of Florence, Italy. Located midway between New York and Chicago in the Cleveland/Akron metro area, Kent State University is a ranked public research university with high-research activity in the heart of a burgeoning cultural and industrial region that is home to some of the world’s finest art museums, parks, universities, restaurants, theaters, music venues, and independent cinemas. These include recent buildings and landscapes designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au, James Corner, Frank Gehry, Farshid Moussavi, Laurie Olin, Stanley Saitowitz and Rafael Viñoly.


Qualifications: Candidates must hold a terminal degree in Architecture or a related discipline. They must have four to five years’ relevant experience. Academic rank will be at, or eligible for, the tenured Associate Professor level. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence and qualifications in the areas of teaching, research, and service that are commensurate with rank and tenure. Compensation, which includes a comprehensive benefits package, will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


Application Process: Applicants are required to complete an online application on the Kent State University job site: (search by position # 998058), and complete the online academic data form. Applicants should also include:

1) Letter of interest with a concise overview of the candidate’s vision for architectural education, teaching, research/scholarship, program leadership and personal design research agenda

2) Curriculum Vitae

3) Portfolio with evidence of research/scholarship, creative work and teaching, (e.g., course syllabi) (20-page max., 10 MB max.)

4) List of three references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses

Any questions may be sent to: William Willoughby, Chair, Architecture Program Director Search Committee,, Kent State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, 132 S. Lincoln St., Kent, OH 44242. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to candidates who have submitted by February 28, 2018.


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