Assistant Collegiate Professor – Architecture

Blacksburg, Virginia, United States

Job description

About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT-serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:
The Architecture Program in the School of Architecture + Design, College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech looks forward to hiring a motivated and engaged colleague to join the faculty as an assistant collegiate professor for the academic year beginning August 2017. Salary and teaching assignments are commensurate with qualifications and experience.

While the successful candidate for this position is expected to contribute primarily to the core instructional mission of the architecture program, a measurable portion of the instructional duties for this position will be the architecture offering of courses to students in the university outside of the program. We are seeking an individual who can address critical issues of architecture and design as they are relevant to the broader population of the university by exploring critical issues through the lens of design thinking and related architectural means. The intent is to engage students outside of our discipline toward an understanding of architecture as an approach toward a resilient and healthy community.

Our ideal candidate can passionately offer insight into the impact of informed design decisions as they may affect outcomes ranging from utility to aesthetics in the built environment and across scales spanning the individual, the community, and the globe

The position is at the rank of assistant collegiate professor. The new Virginia Tech ranks of collegiate faculty have been developed by the university to emphasize a clear focus on teaching excellence. There is no expectation for an extensive research program as is typical of tenure-track faculty appointments, however engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning, outreach, and service to school, college, university and the profession are expected. The initial appointment will be for three years. Collegiate faculty appointments are renewable for increasingly longer terms and reappointment and/or promotion within the collegiate faculty ranks will be based on a program faculty committee review the collegiate faculty member’s record with the expectation of excellent teaching and complementary contributions and achievements.

“School of Architecture + Design and College of Architecture and Urban Studies”

The Architecture program is one of four programs housed in the School of Architecture + Design, which also includes Industrial Design, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture, and is one of four schools in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Students and faculty in the program have access to outstanding facilities and equipment, both digital and analog, and each of our students over our five-year curriculum has his/her own desk in our open-studio setting.

The program is actively involved in collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects and activities across campus and beyond, including with Virginia Tech’s newly established Center for the Arts, and the Institute for Creativity, the Arts and Technology. Research efforts are supported by several centers including the Center for Design Research and the Center for High Performance Environments along with excellent facilities including the Research and Demonstration Facility. Our outreach and study abroad programs include off campus opportunities nationally in Chicago and the Washington, DC area, and internationally at the Steger Center for International Scholarship in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, with various study abroad options offered each year at locations across the globe.

Required Qualifications:
A terminal degree in architecture [M.Arch or MS Arch] is required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate an excellent body of work in design, as well as experience in teaching design studio, demonstrate the ability to offer other topical lecture courses across the architecture curriculum and who demonstrate an ability to teach larger enrollment courses of undergraduate students across the university in the areas described in the position statement above. We seek clear promise of vision, creativity and leaderships, as it relates to instruction both inside the architecture program and outwardly to the broader university community and a commitment to teach and advise a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a criminal background check

How to apply

Applicants must complete and submit the online faculty application at http://listings referencing posting TR0160185 . The search will remain open until the position is filled, but to be assured full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by January 24, 2017. Review of applications will begin January 25, 2017

Required applications materials:

Letter of intent, including teaching interest; curriculum vitae; Portfolio, list of three references; syllabus proposal(s) for architecture courses to engage the University.

Questions may be addressed to the Chair of Search Committee, Professor, James Bassett at

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of nearly $400 million.