College of Architecture, Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University (TTU) is now accepting inquiries, nominations, and applications for an experienced architectural and academic leader to serve as its next Dean of the College of Architecture.
Texas Tech University, founded in 1923, is a public, comprehensive research university that takes pride in providing an environment conducive to student accomplishment above all else. Of the 131 Carnegie-classified doctoral-granting universities with very high research activity (R1), Texas Tech is one of just 15 to also be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Texas Tech is large enough to provide the best in facilities and academics, but small enough to focus on each student individually, with a commitment to enhancing the cultural and economic development of the community, state, nation, and world.
Texas Tech University’s College of Architecture has a historied reputation of producing technically trained, critically-thinking, high-performing architectural leaders. With an undergraduate enrollment (Fall 2020) of 659 and a graduate enrollment (Fall 2020) of 88, the TTU CoA is one of the most heavily recruited from schools in the nation, an accolade of which they are proud.
As the chief academic and administrative officer for the Texas Tech University College of Architecture (CoA), the dean reports to the provost and is responsible for providing overall leadership for faculty members, staff, and operations of the college. Additionally, the dean plays a critical role in enhancing student learning and in advancing the research enterprise as TTU continually advances its position as a premier public research university. Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected.
As such, the dean will work alongside a robust, well-respected team of faculty and staff to define a strategic vision that supports the university’s goals and initiatives and leads the CoA to new levels of achievement. The dean will lead in outreach, collaboration, and advancement by defining and communicating across TTU and the broader academic community the mission, cultural values, academic activities, and accomplishments of the CoA – as well as advocating with stakeholders, both internal and external to the university, for resources necessary to achieve the CoA’s mission and goals.
The successful candidate must be committed to building and supporting a world-class faculty and staff and possess the ability to attract and retain exceptional students. Additionally, this individual will demonstrate success in building external partnerships and be skilled at leveraging relationships on behalf of the college. The CoA’s new dean will be a dynamic and inclusive leader with a lens focused on serving others, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The dean will orchestrate well-planned growth in graduate and undergraduate enrollment across the college’s various programs and sites. The dean will elevate the academic profile of the college by building upon the CoA’s reputation for producing exemplary students and advancing meaningful architectural opportunities and foci in a unique region. Optimally, the successful candidate possesses a track record of experience and achievement across multiple architectural practices, traditions, and research and embraces interdisciplinary opportunities. This individual should appreciate and promote a balance of practice, theory, and design in architectural education – while also being lauded for academic leadership, strong management skills, and a collaborative management style.
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