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Assist Prof of Architecture and Design in Social Responsibility and Community Engagement

UL at Lafayette, School of Architecture/Design k

Lafayette, LA

Feb 15
Job Description

Department: 2110|School of Architecture/Design

-Teach lecture and studio courses as suited to the candidate's experience, expertise, and discipline.
-Establish a rigorous research agenda.
-Contribute to committee tasks, advise students, and engage in service activities that advance the mission of the School, College, and the University.
-Enhance the School’s curriculum and course offerings in social responsibility and community engagement.
-Actively support and mentor student organizations.
-Provide guidance and leadership in fostering a welcoming and supportive learning environment for all students.


Minimum Qualifications:
-A terminal degree (i.e. Ph.D., M.F.A., D.Des, or Master in Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, or a related field). For a detailed description of terminal degrees, reference the Teaching Qualification Tables.
-ABD will be considered. The degree must be completed within one year of the initial appointment start date.
-Proficiency in community engagement and socially responsible design, focusing on endeavors that bridge design with societal needs. Areas of expertise may include responsible urban development, participatory design processes, environmental justice, non-Western design traditions, global practice, inclusive and sustainable practices, and fostering resilient communities.
-Potential for contributions to peer-reviewed scholarly and/or creative endeavors, with a clear direction in research and/or creative undertakings.
-Aptitude for interdisciplinary collaboration.
-Aptitude for working with beginning design students.
-Aptitude for supporting student resiliency and retention.

Start Date: The starting date for the position is August 1, 2024.

Application Instructions
Review of submissions will begin March 1st. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit the following through the university link:
1- Cover letter
2- Curriculum Vitae
3- Teaching Statement – Describe your teaching philosophy, methods, and practices, emphasizing the role of supporting students’ resilience and determination in your pedagogical approach. Share experiences where you've encountered challenges in the classroom, how you've overcome them, or how you've helped students navigate their own adversities. Highlight specific strategies you've employed to engage with and uplift students who have confronted systemic or unique challenges.
4- Research Statement – At the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, we're committed to research for a reason. Provide an outline of your research objectives, methodologies, and key contributions. Highlight significant projects and collaborations that have influenced your academic trajectory. As you consider the wider impact of your work, discuss its broader societal implications.
5- Names and contact information of 3 references.
6-Ten-page portfolio of professional, personal, and scholarly work highlighting both research and teaching.

UL at Lafayette, School of Architecture/Design

The School of Architecture and Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette invites applications for a tenure-track, probationary, 9-month, full-time appointment. The appointment requires faculty members to serve a probationary period of employment before a consideration for tenure is made. The rank of Assistant Professor is based upon performance as well as potential. The candidate must have a strong academic record and should hold an appropriate terminal degree. All regular, continuing faculty members will follow one of four workload tracks as described in the Faculty Handbook. A faculty member’s track will be determined in consultation with their director and dean. Academics in Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, and related fields are encouraged to apply.

The School of Architecture and Design, the largest in the College of the Arts, offers nationally accredited programs in Architecture, Interior Design, and Industrial Design. A Carnegie Research One institution, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, requires faculty members to excel in research, teaching, and service. The ideal candidate will be deeply committed to promoting social responsibility and engaging with communities of varied backgrounds and needs in their teaching, research, and service. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and teaching courses that integrate design principles with community engagement, social responsibility, and advocacy. They will also play a vital role in the School's studio curriculum, bringing expertise to their specific area. A key aspect of this position is mentoring students to explore various career paths in architecture and design while fostering a respectful and fair learning environment.