Kent State University

Associate Dean

Administrative – 12 mo. with Faculty Rank
College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED)
[Job #987405]
Kent Campus – Kent, OH


Opportunity: The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at Kent State University invites applications for a tenured Associate Dean at the rank of Associate or Full Professor—a twelve-month appointment that begins with the 2023 academic year. The successful candidate will serve as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and serve on the College Executive Committee. This position requires a collaborative visionary leader to harness the College’s potential for growth of its existing programs as well as lead in the development of new programs and initiatives. They will be responsible for shared administrative oversight of the College’s programs, curriculum, advising, recruitment, internal and external assessment with a particular focus on graduate programs and education. They will assist with accreditation for the professional degrees, facilitate faculty research initiatives, and represent the College as an active participant on appropriate University committees. In addition to the administrative duties, the candidate will teach in their area of expertise at 25% load.

Minimum Requirements: They must possess a terminal degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Interior Design, Construction Management, or a related field; six years relevant experience, demonstrated excellence in leadership, administration, teaching, and research. The successful candidate will have a teaching, scholarship, research / creative work record that satisfies the requirement for tenure and promotion in the College and the University to the rank sought.

About the Programs, College, and University: Founded in 1910, Kent State University encompasses eight campuses serving over 33,000 students providing the intellectual, scientific, social, economic, and artistic resources of a major research university in a safe and serene campus setting. Forbes and Statista recently recognized Kent State as one of “America’s Best-in-State Employers for 2021”, coming in at No. 6 in the education industry sector and a “Best Employer for Women 2021”, ranking at No. 8 among colleges and
universities and No. 57 overall in the nation. For the 10th time, Kent State University is being recognized as a “Great College to Work For”. Kent State won honors in multiple categories this year: Compensation and Benefits; Confidence in Senior Leadership; Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging; Faculty Experience; Faculty and
Staff Well-Being; Mission and Pride; and Shared Governance. Kent State University is also the sole university in the U.S. to receive the prestigious 2022 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

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 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, NADAAA, Laurie Olin, Stanley Saitowitz, and Rafael Viñoly, and include the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Playhouse Square, Akron Art Museum to name a few. See the following websites for more information on Kent State University and the College of Architecture and Environmental Design

The CAED is a multidisciplinary college dedicated to preparing graduates to lead in a rapidly changing world in alignment with Kent State’s mission: “We transform lives and communities through the power of discovery, learning and creative expression in an inclusive environment.” It is focused on developing progressive professionals committed to improving the quality of life and public welfare through the design and construction of the built environment. It promotes the integration of practice and research as they relate to changing climatic, societal, and technological conditions and is committed to advancing the professions.

The College has an enrollment of over 1150 students with 40 full-time faculty and administrators. It offers undergraduate programs in Architecture, Architectural Studies, Interior Design (CIDA accredited), and Construction Management (ACCE Accredited), and graduate programs in Construction Management (M.S.), Architecture (NAAB Accredited), Landscape Architecture (LAAB Accredited), Urban Design, Healthcare Design, and a Master of Science in Architecture and Environmental Design. The CAED also oversees the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) located in Downtown Cleveland. Its strategic plan forecasts continued growth in enrollment and additional tenure track hires with an emphasis on furthering a scholarly, research and design community dedicated to advancing disciplines relating to the built environment. Opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaboration between programs is complemented by campus units including the Design Innovation Initiative (DI Hub), Kent State’s highly ranked Fashion School, and The School of VisualCommunication Design, the College of Aeronautics and Engineering, The Advanced Materials Institute and the Environmental Science and Design Institute, among others.

In addition to a rich array of university assets, CAED resources include a branch library, lighting lab, Fabrication Lab (FabLab) equipped with woodworking tools, CNC mills, a metal fabrication facility, vacuum forming and robotics, the Robotically Augmented Design Lab (RadLAB), and a Materials Library complete with a curated selection of Material ConneXion samples and other digital design assets. The CAED offers exceptional international study opportunities including sponsored studio travel opportunities, semester long programs in Florence and Paris, traveling workshops, and a progressive workshop, lecture, and exhibition series. The CAED occupies three primary locations: the LEED Platinum 107,000 sq. ft. John Elliot Center for Architecture and Design designed by Weiss/Manfredi bordering downtown Kent; the recently renovated Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square; and the Palazzo Vettori in the historic center of Florence, Italy.

Application Process: Applicants are required to complete an online application on the Kent State University job site: (search by position 987405) and complete the online academic data form.

Applicants should also include a:

1. Letter of interest with a concise overview of the candidate’s profile and vision including but not limited to leadership accomplishments, teaching experience, and research.
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Portfolio with evidence of research/scholarship, creative work, and teaching, (e.g., course syllabi and examples of student work – PDF 10Mb max)
4. Statement addressing past and/or 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 addresses

Any questions may be sent to: Associate Professor Ronn Daniel, Chair, Associate Dean Search Committee,, Kent State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, 132 South Lincoln Street, Kent, OH 44242.

Review of candidates will begin November 30, 2022. Full consideration has been extended to candidates who have submitted by February 20, 2023.

Kent State University is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sec, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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