The Department of Architecture at Judson University seeks a new Chair to lead its B.A.A.S. and accredited M.Arch. programs starting in Summer of 2021. Position may be available during the 2020-2021 AY if the applicant if available sooner. The new Chair will have the opportunity to provide vision to enhance the established excellence of our programs, support new programmatic initiatives, cultivate the faculty, serve student learning, align the work of the programs with the University’s new strategic plan, and ensure its continued identity within an ethos of Christian education. The Chair will be supported by an Assistant Chair and an administrative assistant.
The new Chair is expected to have demonstrated credentials in an academic and/or professional environment commensurate to appointment at the rank of associate or full professor. Depending upon academic objectives, the Chair may seek tenured status for the academic appointment, although the administrative appointment is non-tenurable.
Judson’s programs in architecture draw from, and contribute to, the University’s tradition of Christian education within a liberal arts framework. Faculty and staff are expected to evince their faith within classrooms and studios and in all interpersonal relationships across the campus. Distinctive characteristics of the program include embracing a full and diverse gamut of architectural precedent, a four-week study abroad experience in the third year of the B.A.A.S., and a one-year preceptorship built into the M.Arch. curriculum.
Founded in 1997, the Department of Architecture achieved initial accreditation in 2004 and will have its next affirmation of accreditation review by the NAAB in AY 2021. Housed in a LEED Gold-certified building with the Department of Art and Design and adjacent to the University library, the architecture curricula are taught in dedicated classrooms and studio space, with a fabrications laboratory and woodshop in the building. Judson University is situated in Elgin, with easy access by train or highway to Chicago, just 40 miles to the east. Learn more about the Architecture Program here: http://arch.judsonu.edu and here: http://www.judsonu.edu/architecture/
The new Chair is expected to work collaboratively with Departmental faculty and staff and to participate in and model values of shared governance while shaping and encouraging a vision that will launch the programs through the next twenty years. The Chair will recognize the opportunities of the programs, the faculty, and location, while addressing demographic changes and challenges to higher education generally.
Set Departmental goals that are aligned with the University mission and result from faculty collaboration
Recruit, mentor and maintain adjunct faculty
Articulate clear pedagogical objectives for themselves and the Department as a whole
Coordinate with campus-wide offices to magnify efforts for student recruitment and retention
Inspire and maintain a collegial atmosphere
Create and sustain relationships between the programs and architecture firms (both local and across the country)
Advocate for programs to University administration
Oversee the Department budget
Coordinate with the Advancement Office on behalf of fundraising initiatives
Work with the Department’s Advisory Board to advance the programs
Enhance relations among program alumni
Facilitate the matriculation of transfer students
Coordinate lecture series and annual symposia
Fulfill responsibilities of advising (normally for transfer students) and regular committee assignments (at least one policy committee)
Teach in their area of disciplinary expertise (e.g., building science, history/theory, design)
Perform all other institutional duties as assigned by Associate Provost and Provost
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:
Educational credentialing of an earned M.Arch. or equivalent
Professional licensure or substantial body of research and understanding of licensure requirements and professional architecture culture
Experience in higher education (or a professional architecture setting) that fulfills requirements of hiring at the level of associate or full professor
Understanding of, and ideally experience with, the NAAB accreditation process
Skills as a facilitator of student learning who understands contemporary issues in science of learning
Strengths in administration, including nurturing a collaborative environment with faculty that includes recruitment, mentoring, and retention
Capacity for developing new programs, especially certificates and at the graduate level
Please send questions about the position, nominations and applications to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. A. Gillian Stewart-Wells (email@example.com ), copying the Provost’s Executive Assistant, Christina Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Complete applications will include, as a single PDF:
Letter of intent that outlines qualifications and capacity to meet the “Requirements and Responsibilities” listed above
Statement on the influence of faith commitment in leadership style
A small sample of creative or scholarly work (the committee will request more expansive portfolios from candidates who advance in the search process)
Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate)
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate is appointed.
About Judson University
Judson University is a Christian institution representing the Church at work in higher education. Its campus is located along the picturesque Fox River in the city of Elgin just 45 miles northwest of Chicago, Judson is home to over 1,200 students from 36 states and 26 countries. We offer more than 50 undergraduate majors, minors, and pre-professional programs; 7 master’s degrees and one doctoral program.