Assistant or Associate Professor of Architecture
Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) seeks a versatile and committed faculty member who will contribute to its unique educational environment. The successful candidate will have a focus on architecture history and theory grounded in the liberal arts and be capable of connecting to practice through the threefold mission of teaching, scholarship and/or creative work, and outreach.
The compact urban campus of WAAC is embedded in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in Virginia, just across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. The WAAC is part of a growing Virginia Tech presence in Alexandria, near the new Innovation Campus with graduate education to support the dynamic Northern Virginia technology sector including Amazon’s new east coast headquarters. The WAAC is an integral part of the School of Architecture in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design based in the main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. As the urban campus of the School of Architecture, the WAAC offers stand-alone degrees in Master of Architecture (2-year professional), Urban Design (MSci Arch), and PhD in Architecture and Design Research, as well as educating upper-level Bachelor of Architecture (5-year professional) students from the main Blacksburg campus and visiting students from around the country and the world.
The position will have responsibility for teaching across all the programs, including design studios, lecture/seminars, and thesis advising, with an emphasis on the PhD program. The PhD program examines past and present architectural thought in its varied intellectual, cultural, and social milieus. It considers the role of theory in practices such as the visualization of architectural ideas at the intersections of the humanities, technology and urbanism in pursuit of a humane, sustainable world. Candidates will define their own field of research that contributes to the future direction of the PhD program. All faculty are expected to contribute to the WAAC’s life by engaging with students, participating in faculty governance and attending special events. Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.
The College of Architecture, Arts, and Design at Virginia Tech affirms our collective responsibility to encourage, build, and embrace the polyculturalism of our world. We do this by acknowledging and addressing our past, recognizing our current responsibility, and acting in the interests of building and sustaining communities that are truly safe, supportive, and inclusive for all. Our commitment is to continually and proactively engage in these processes for the benefit of our students, staff, and faculty across the college, and the communities around the world we aim to serve.
PhD in architecture or related field by date of hire.
Proven ability in teaching in design studio and history/theory courses.
Trajectory of rigorous research inquiry.
Professional licensure, accreditations, and substantive practice experience
Excellence in communication, collaboration, and cross-cultural and/or cross-disciplinary work
Commitment to humane, socially-engaged design.
The following information will be included in complete applications:
1) Curriculum Vitae
2) a brief cover letter which situates your work within the discipline and profession and describes your teaching approach
3) a portfolio of creative work and/or research (can be a link to a website or a .pdf)
4) A one page personal diversity statement addressing how your research, teaching, and/or service has prepared you to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education or the profession
5) the names and contact information for three current references as attachments to the online application.
Additional materials may be requested and required from shortlisted candidates.
Salary range is $80,000-90,000 per year
December 15, 2022 – review of applications will commence on this date and continue until the position is filled
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
About Virginia Tech
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
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