Tenure & Promotion


ACSA Research & Scholarship Committee

The Research & Scholarship Committee leads ACSA’s efforts to support faculty in scholarly endeavors. The committee monitors and assesses ACSA programs involving peer review and recognition, and recommends actions to advocate for support for architectural research and scholarship.

For the Research & Scholarship Committee, in the 2016-2017 academic year, they were specifically charged with drafting a comprehensive white paper about policies for tenure and promotion in architectural education. ACSA Member programs can use this statement as a reference point for the development of their own tenure policies, based on local conditions. The white paper addresses multiple forms of scholarship, including the scholarship of design, the scholarship of engagement, and evaluating faculty practice projects. Finally, the task force should draw from a range of existing policies and reference tenure/promotion practices in related disciplines as necessary.

Download and preview the draft of the white paper prior to the ACSA Annual Meeting in Detroit.


There will be a session on Tenure & Promotion held at the 105 Annual Meeting, Friday, March 24, 2017 from 11:00am - 12:30pm, as well as discussion during the regional caucuses, Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Additionally, the committee would like to collect ACSA members feedback on this draft white paper. Please send your feedback to ACSA via email to feedback@acsa-arch.org.

Committee Members:
           Shannon Criss, University of Kansas (Chair)
           Kelly Bair, University of Illinois at Chicago (ACSA East Central Regional Director)
           Martin Bressani, McGill University, (ACSA Canadian Director)
           Lisa Findley, California College of the Arts
           Brian Lonsway, Syracuse University
           Marc J. Neveu, Woodbury University (JAE Executive Editor)
           Franca Trubiano, University of Pennsylvania
           Kate Wingert-Playdon, Temple University
           Staff: Eric Ellis, ACSA Director of Operations & Programs