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Fwd: [acadia] Penn State Univ. Position: Professor & Head of Architecture

Professor and Head, Department of Architecture

The Pennsylvania State University’s H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (The Stuckeman School) is seeking an outstanding leader with a commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary design education for its professional programs in Architecture. The position will be available beginning in July 2011.

A recent $20 Million gift endowing the H. Campbell and Eleanor Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture within the College of Arts and Architecture will transform the School, significantly increasing faculty resources, support for collaborative work, and enhancements in design computing.  The LEED Gold-rated Stuckeman Family Building opened in 2005 and houses the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing, the Hamer Center for Community Design.

We are seeking a team player and visionary leader to head the Department of Architecture and contribute to the ongoing success of The Stuckeman School.   We seek candidates with distinguished records of academic and/or professional practice, with administrative experience, and evidence of excellent leadership and communication skills.  The required qualifications include a terminal degree in architecture or a related discipline.  The successful candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of his or her field and exhibit appreciation and respect for allied disciplines through demonstrated experience in collaborative initiatives.  She or he must have a record of creative practice or scholarship sufficient for appointment as a full professor with tenure.

The successful appointee will also hold the title Architecture Head and Chair in Integrative Design in Stuckeman School of the College of Arts and Architecture.  As a distinguished faculty member the Chair of Integrative Design will enjoy instructional, research and service supplemental funds to pursue scholarly excellence and lead a qualitative enhancement project for the Architecture Department during their tenure as head.  The scope and directive of this project will be developed in consultation with the Dean, Director and Faculty but is discreetly defined by the Chair of Integrative Design.

The duties of the head include leading a nationally-ranked professional program, nurturing faculty and staff development, managing personnel matters and program budget, representing the Department’s interests to external constituencies, and participating in teaching, research, and program development. In addition, the head is responsible for fostering cooperation within the School and with other departments, institutes and centers at Penn State. In addition to the close academic ties to the Department of Landscape Architecture, the department maintains cooperative relationships with Architectural Engineering, Art History and Integrative Arts.

Department of Architecture within The Stuckeman School: The Penn State Architecture program is based on a NAAB accredited, five-year, studio-based, professional Bachelor of Architecture curriculum and a post-professional M.Arch degree.  The program includes 30 architecture faculty members with diverse research interests and 300 undergraduate and graduate students. All undergraduates in the Department are required to complete a semester of study abroad at in Italy.

With each in existence for over 100 years, both five-year undergraduate curricula in the Stuckeman School of architecture and landscape architecture are recognized as exemplar professional programs, receiving stellar marks from their respective accreditation boards, recognized for disciplinary ethos, and enthusiastic alumni.  The Stuckeman School is also dedicated to the professional and post-professional education.

Penn State was established in 1855 and is a nationally-recognized Research-I institution.  Besides the The Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, other units in the College of Arts and Architecture include the Department of Art History, the Department of Integrative Arts, the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University Park campus is located in the town of State College, Pennsylvania.  It is set in a beautiful rural area with close proximity to major urban centers such as Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York.

Application: Send, preferably in electronic format, a statement of intent, a description of teaching, creative, and scholarly achievements; a resume and names of three references.  A portfolio of scholarly and creative works will be requested at a later date.  Applications should be sent to: Professor Dan Carter, Chair, c/o: The Architecture Head Search Committee, 124 Stuckeman Family Building, University Park, PA 16802.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  For further information contact Mary Cavanaugh, Administrative Assistant, Architecture, via 814-865-6112,

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce

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