The ACSA Board of Directors invites applications for service on the NAAB Board of Directors. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) is comprised of fourteen members: three nominated by ACSA, three nominated by AIA, three nominated by NCARB, two nominated by AIAS, two public members nominated by ACSA, AIA, NCARB, or AIAS, and a past president. Currently, Michaele Pride (University of New Mexico), Carmina Sanchez del Valle (Hampton University), and Jeffrey L. Day (University of Nebraska, Lincoln) are the ACSA-nominated NAAB directors.
ACSA seeks to nominate multiple individuals for this position, allowing the NAAB board to decide which of the nominees to appoint to the position. The appointment is for a three-year term (October 2023–October 2026). If the appointee serves as president of NAAB, the term is extended one year to serve as past president (see below).
ACSA’s Nominations Committee will review applications for the position and make recommendations to the ACSA Board of Directors. The ACSA board plans to select the nominees at its April 2023 meeting. NAAB will then perform its own review of the nominees in the following months and will vote to appoint the new director at its meeting in July.
The appointment calls for a person willing and able to make a commitment to NAAB. Please download the Position Description for background information on the NAAB board. NAAB will review the nomination form completed by each candidate (see below). NAAB may also conduct virtual interviews with nominees.
Previous experience with ACSA as a board member or volunteer is considered helpful but is not required for nomination. Similarly, experience serving on NAAB visiting teams is considered helpful but not a requirement. NAAB has significantly revised its accreditation conditions and procedures to rely more on program self-assessment. Relevant experience with educational assessment is thus desirable. Faculty and administrators are invited to nominate individuals with some or all of the following qualifications:
Full-time status (with tenure at schools where it is offered) at an ACSA full or candidate member school;
Significant experience with and knowledge of the accreditation process;
Significant experience with outcome-based educational assessment, particularly self-assessment by programs;
Significant acquaintance with the range of school and program types across North America;
Willingness to represent the constituency of ACSA on accreditation-related issues; and
Ability to work with the NAAB and ACSA boards to build consensus on accreditation-related issues.
ACSA seeks nominations from faculty at a range of schools, including public/private institutions, research-intensive institutions, special-focus institutions, and minority-serving institutions. As well, we encourage nominations of faculty who are familiar with (a) ACSA’s recent efforts to support architecture schools seeking to be more equitable and inclusive for faculty and students from all backgrounds, and (b) with ACSA’s efforts to support the recognition of a wide range of approaches to research and scholarship, including creative practice.
For consideration, please submit the following items in a single PDF in this order.
A concise letter of applications written by the candidate outlining the individual’s interest and experience. A letter of nomination written by a colleague of the candidate is also acceptable.
A two-page CV indicating the candidate’s experience in reference to the qualifications above.
A completed NAAB nomination form, which is part of the Position Description packet. Note that NAAB will use this form only (and not your CV or letter) when reviewing the candidates that ACSA nominates.
An ACSA volunteer application form, which simply confirms you have completed (or reviewed and updated) a faculty profile in ACSA’s database.
Materials are due by March 1, 2023.
Nomination materials should be sent by email attachment in PDF format to Abel Chanyalew, Membership Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject Line: NAAB Director.
Founded in 1912 by 10 charter members, ACSA is an international association of architecture schools preparing future architects, designers, and change agents. Our membership includes all of the accredited professional degree programs in the United States and Canada, as well as international schools and 2- and 4-year programs. Together ACSA schools represent some 7,000 faculty educating more than 40,000 students.
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