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The University of Utah is looking for a new College of Architecture + Planning Dean

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Position Overview


The University of Utah invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of Architecture + Planning. The Dean will be a tenured professor serving as the College’s chief academic and administrative officer. Duties include oversight of academic programs, fundraising, recruiting/retention of outstanding and diverse faculty, staff, and students; collaborating with other Deans and leaders across colleges; and communicating within the University, and to the community-at-large, the goals and achievements of the College. The ideal candidate for this role will be well-connected within the profession and active in professional associations, with broad connections across the field.

The Dean will serve a five-year renewable term and will report to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost. This is an exciting time to join the University of Utah as the Dean of CA+P will be part of a large cohort of new senior leadership, including a new president, provost, and several academic deans.

The University of Utah seeks a dynamic academic administrator with a proven ability to lead academic departments who embodies a philosophy that embraces and supports students of all backgrounds in the rapidly changing world of higher education.

Role of the College of Architecture + Planning Dean

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as chief academic officer of the College;
  • Provide leadership for strategic planning, including developing and enhancing the College’s academic programs;
  • Oversee College advancement, including development, marketing and communications, donor cultivation and fundraising, and alumni relations;
  • Recruit outstanding, inquisitive, and diverse students to the CA+P, facilitating equitable and just access to degree programs for all students, continuing and expanding the growth in enrollments and interest in the College’s majors and programs;
  • Oversee recruitment, supervision, professional development, and retention of strong and diverse faculty and staff;
  • Promote an environment where equity, diversity, and justice are fostered accountably throughout the teaching, research, and service activities of the College;
  • Ensure continued accreditation and state approvals;
  • Support faculty research and the related development required to ensure continued, strong contributions in this area;
  • Promote and facilitate interdisciplinary programming and collaboration between the three academic departments within the College and between CA+P and the broader University;
  • Manage College budget, course scheduling, and staff;
  • Participate in University governance, including service on standing and ad hoc committees, and represent the College to external constituencies.
  • Click here for additional details related to the responsibilities of the Dean.

About the College of Architecture + Planning:

The University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning (CA+P) is a community of award-winning and highly recognized faculty, entrepreneurial students, and support staff that together form a creative community unlike any other. Structurally, the College is made up of the School of Architecture, the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, and the Division of Multi-Disciplinary Design. CA+P is also home to two research centers–the Ecological Planning Center and the Metropolitan Research Center and two collaboratives: the Healthy and Resilient Places (HaRP) Collaboratory and the Transforming Places, Practices, and Pedagogies (TP3C) Collaborative.

CA+P enrolls approximately 575 undergraduate and 145 graduate students and employs 21 tenured track faculty and 7 career-line faculty. The College’s total budget is approximately $9,800,000.

CA+P is at the leading edge of transforming architectural, design, and planning education, engaging in critical work within an ethic of care. The College functions from an understanding that the global dynamics of population growth and aging, environmental degradation, and resource inequality are calling on 21st-century architects, designers, and planners to think, work and make in new ways. As such, students, faculty, alumni, and clients are challenged to seize upon these intrinsic resources to inform the creation of purposeful, aesthetically-elegant interventions that foster ecological, social, and economic resilience, and further health and well-being for all, especially those for whom design makes the greatest difference.

CA+P is guided by four commitments related to teaching, scholarship, creative work, and service:

  1. Responsibility: A responsibility to past, present, and future generations for the sustainability of our creative expressions that reallocate natural resources.
  2. Resilience: A systemic understanding that polycultures and diversity nurture greater ecological and community resilience.
  3. Respect: A respect for the health and culture of all people and all places.
  4. Response: The demand to respond to the grand challenges of our time through innovative and collaborative modes of practice that demonstrate our commitment to excellence and quality.

CA+P puts its values into action, leading to a record of successes that includes:

  • The development of student support resources including a campus model of a Student Success Center with private consulting rooms and dedicated advisors, a digital fabrication lab, collaborative studio/lab spaces, a video/photo lab, and a café that serves as the social hub for the College as well as the adjacent College of Fine Arts;
  • A recruitment and retention strategy resulting in 150% growth over seven years and one of the most diverse units on campus served by a female-majority faculty and the most diverse staff on campus;
  • Extensive work with community partners throughout the Intermountain West, including University Neighborhood Partners and the Navajo Nation, are activities that cut across teaching, research, and service;
  • The first-in-nation collaborative space with professional organizations AIA Utah and ASLA Utah in downtown Salt Lake City;
  • DesignBuildUTAH@Bluff, an exemplary design-build program that works with the Diné in the Four Corners frontier area of the state;
  • An innovative multi-disciplinary design program partnering with external non-profits (e.g. National Park Service) and commercial leaders (Adobe) across physical and digital design domains;
  • Extensive work with Intermountain West community partners on activities that cut across teaching, research, and service, including University Neighborhood Partners, The Naatsiilid Initiative, Adult & Aging Services of Salt Lake County, Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning, Dark Matter University, Giv Communities, Utah Division of Emergency Management, Utah Seismic Safety Commission, Sorenson Unity Center, and Assist Community Design Center.
  • #7 Small Program in the Nation - Master of City & Metropolitan Planning, as rated by Planetizen;
  • #12 Public Architecture Program in the U.S., as rated by College Scorecard.

 

Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities

The successful candidate for this position will possess: 

  • A terminal degree in one or more disciplines related to one of the College of Architecture + Planning programs.
  • Evidence of the ability to meet the professional requirements of a tenured position in the College. The characteristics of productive research/creative activity may differ depending on the candidate’s area(s) of specialization and professional goals. Assessments of faculty activity in the RPT process take into account the professional context of the candidate and the communities in which they are embedded. The College fosters research and creative activities that include discovery, innovation, application, and/or engagement.
  • A minimum of three years in a leadership role with management experience in strategic planning, change management, budget oversight, human resources, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.
  • A commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and an ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population.

The successful candidate will provide evidence of possessing many of the following experiences, skills, and attributes:

  • A commitment to developing and promoting innovative practice in the field, including research, design, community engagement, and technology.
  • A commitment to shared governance, transparency, and open communication.
  • A record of overseeing growth and development in academic programming, including the promotion of innovative and best-practice educational delivery models and processes.
  • Experience managing academic units, including identifying, recruiting, and retaining distinguished and diverse faculty.
  • Developing and deploying strategic initiatives to advance high-quality research and research funding.
  • A record of developing forward-thinking strategies for identifying new sources of revenue and fundraising.
  • A track record of leading or participating in interdisciplinary design initiatives, projects, or programs.

Procedure for Candidacy

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by October 26th will be given first consideration. Please submit 1) a CV that includes the scope and scale details for your related roles, 2) a cover letter addressing how your experience aligns with the qualifications, your record of success, and your particular interest in this role, 3) a diversity statement (maximum two pages) that addresses the ways in which your personal and professional philosophy and related record as a leader aligns with the University’s “4 Pillars to Lead to Equity” and demonstrates your ability and willingness to embrace and advance this mission, and 4" a portfolio (10-12 pages maximum) or a research sample (a full published article or chapter).

All applications and nominations will be held in confidence. To apply online, go to: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su327.

For more information or to offer recommendations or nominations: 

Kristen Farha
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 316-650-0069
kfarha@summitsearchsolutions.com

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with university policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The university does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

The university is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Search Committee


Interim Dean, College of Social Work
Philip Osteen (Co-Chair)
Philip Osteen (Co-Chair)
Interim Dean, College of Social Work
Associate Professor, College of Architecture + Planning
Lisa Henry Benham (Co-Chair)
Lisa Henry Benham (Co-Chair)
Associate Professor, College of Architecture + Planning
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies of School of Architecture
Tim Adekunle
Tim Adekunle
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies of School of Architecture
Assistant Dean EDI, Architecture + Planning
Portia Anderson
Portia Anderson
Assistant Dean EDI, Architecture + Planning
Associate Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Divya Chandrasekhar
Divya Chandrasekhar
Associate Professor, City & Metropolitan Planning
Director, Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Brian Codding
Brian Codding
Director, Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Head of Creativity and Innovation Services, Marriott Library
Greg Hatch
Greg Hatch
Head of Creativity and Innovation Services, Marriott Library
AIA, Leed AP, MHTN Architects
Robert Pinon
Robert Pinon
AIA, Leed AP, MHTN Architects
Chair in the Division of Multi-Disciplinary Design, College of Architecture + Planning
Nicole Porter
Nicole Porter
Chair in the Division of Multi-Disciplinary Design, College of Architecture + Planning
Executive Director, Ivory Boyer Real Estate Center, and Associate Professor, DESB
Danny Wall
Danny Wall
Executive Director, Ivory Boyer Real Estate Center, and Associate Professor, DESB
Lecturer, Gender Studies
Kilo Zamora
Kilo Zamora
Lecturer, Gender Studies

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