Kent State University

Architecture Program Director

College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED)
[Job #987118]
Kent Campus – Kent, OH

Opportunity: The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at Kent State University invites applications and nominations for Program Director for its Bachelor of Science in Architecture (B.S.) and Master of Architecture (M.Arch) programs starting July 1, 2023. The successful candidate will help formulate and implement an ambitious vision for 21st-century global architectural education through creative collaboration with faculty and as an integral member of the CAED’s leadership team. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of effective academic leadership and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion along with exceptional teaching in architecture and research/creative work.

College Highlights: The CAED’s distinguished faculty, cutting-edge facilities, and established programs in Architecture, Architectural Studies, Interior Design, Construction Management, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Healthcare Design, and Architecture and Environmental Design offer numerous cross-disciplinary research opportunities and maintain close relationships with regional industries and design practitioners. Resources include a new state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab and other digital design assets; unique international study opportunities; a progressive extra-curricular lecture and exhibition series; and campus partnerships with other highly regarded units including Design Innovation (with a new DI Hub renovated by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson), College of Arts and Sciences, College of Aeronautics and Engineering, Liquid Crystal Institute, and the Schools of Art, Fashion, and Visual Communication Design.

The CAED is instrumental in the University’s growing emphasis on design innovation. Its 40 full-time faculty and administrators, and more than 1,150 undergraduate and graduate students now occupy four exciting locations: the spectacular 107,000 sq. ft. John Elliot Center for Architecture and Environmental Design designed by Weiss/Manfredi bordering downtown Kent; the recently renovated Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) in Playhouse Square; the Palazzo Vettori in the historic center of Florence, Italy; and the Paris American Academy in the Latin Quarter of Paris, France.

Located midway between New York and Chicago in the Cleveland/Akron metro area, Kent State University is a ranked maker school and (R1) public research university with very high research activity. It is in the heart of a burgeoning cultural and industrial region that is home to some of the world’s finest art museums, parks, universities, restaurants, theaters, music venues, and independent cinemas. These include recent buildings and landscapes designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au, James Corner, Frank Gehry, Farshid Moussavi, Laurie Olin, Stanley Saitowitz and Rafael Viñoly.

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must hold a terminal degree in Architecture or a related discipline. They must have four to five years’ relevant experience. Academic rank will be at, or eligible for, the tenured Associate Professor level. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence and qualifications in the areas of teaching, research, and service that are commensurate with rank and tenure. Compensation, which includes a comprehensive benefits package, will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Application Process: Applicants are required to complete an online application on the Kent State University job site: (search by position # 987118) and complete the online academic data form. Applicants should also include a:

  1. Letter of interest with a concise overview of the candidate’s vision for architectural education, teaching, research/scholarship, program leadership and personal research agenda
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Portfolio with evidence of research/scholarship, creative work, and teaching (e.g., course syllabi) (20-page max., 10 MB max.)
  4. Statement addressing past and/or present potential contributions to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through research, teaching and/or service.
  5. List of three references with phone numbers and e-mail

Any questions may be sent to: Jon Yoder Chair, Architecture Program Director Search Committee,, Kent State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, 132 S. Lincoln St., Kent, OH 44242.

Review of applications will begin November 30, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration has been extended to candidates who have submitted by February 20, 2023.

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