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Assistant Dean, Teaching Practice Partnerships - School of Architecture, Art, Historic Preservation

Post Date:

June 3, 2019


Roger Williams University


Bristol, RI


Company Description:

Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today's employers demand. In the five years since launching its signature Affordable Excellence initiative, the University has established itself as a leader in American higher education by confronting the most pressing issues facing students and families - increasing costs that limit access to college, rising debt and the job readiness of graduates. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving School of Continuing Studies based in Providence as well as Rhode Island's only law school.

Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Dean, the Assistant Dean of Teaching Practice Partnerships cultivates, coordinates, and takes a lead project management role in partnering between SAAHP (School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation) and corporate, non-profit, academic, government, and other external partners in support of the school's teaching practice partnership projects.

Essential functions of this position include but are not limited to:

Special Programs/Partnerships
Manage course, research and consortia funded projects supported by foundations such as 1772 Foundation, industry partners such as Tremco Sustainable Practices Partnership, non-profits such as Newport Restoration Foundation, Archive of Rhode Island Architecture with multiple non-profit and government partners and academic collaborations.

Career Investment Program / AXP Architect Licensing Advisor
Cultivate firms and lead the administration of the SAAHP Career Investment Program, providing a significant number of annual paid placements through the school students off-campus and on-campus with more than $400,000 in available funding. Includes serving as the School's AXP Architect Licensing Advisor.

SAAHP Partners Council
Assist with Council representatives from partner academic, corporate, non-profit, government and individuals, to foster more active participation than is often achieved in conventional advisory structures. Partners work together for mutual interest, supporting each other through undertakings which have joint benefit.

Teaching Firm in Residence Program
Cultivate professional/career development engagement opportunities for with firms to participate in this distinctive SAAHP teaching program.

Project Management
Oversee funded project collaborations, particularly at the graduate level, involving firms, foundations, government and academic collaborations with other institutions nationally and internationally.

Collaborate through SAAHP Knowledge Forums with practitioners, non-profits, government and others. Assess effectiveness of collaborative academic/professional efforts.

Teach one architectural design studio course each year.


Professional degree and licensure in Architecture

Minimum 5 years practice experience in firms, non-profit or academic setting.

Strong organizational and collaborative skills able to connect and foster collaboration between professional, academic, non-profit, government sections on projects.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to interact with faculty, students, visitors and staff.

Ability to work independently, with little or no supervision.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduate degree in Architecture

Experience on larger scale complex projects involving multiple sectors/stakeholders, (corporate, non-profit, government).

Experience with historic preservation and planning.

* At the University's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the University, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Additional Information:

As an institution committed to strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning as well as building the university that the world needs now, Roger Williams University values inclusion, seeks to reflect the diversity of the region and create access to higher education and career success.

The University seeks candidates who, through their work and life experiences, service to the community, and teaching or research, can contribute to our diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.

Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law.

For information on our Non-discrimination and Title IX policy, visit:

Salaries for new hires at Roger Williams University usually fall between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range.

Minimum 25th Midpoint 75th Maximum
$81,630 $91,657 $101,685 $111,712 $121,740

Application Instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three (3) professional references. In your cover letter/letter of interest, in addition to listing how your qualifications meet the requirements of the position, please include information about how you would be able to contribute to RWU's diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals.

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