Howard University

Chair Position


Posting: December 2023

Deadline:​​ Open until filled

Type:​​​ Tenured/ Probationary/ Professor

Salary:​​​ Commensurate with experience

Employment type:​ Full-Time

Department:​​ Architecture

Position number:​ ARCH 2024


Howard University’s College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) invites nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture beginning August 2024.

Candidates must have the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) first professional architecture degree and a master’s degree beyond the 1st NAAB professional degree along with relevant architecture academic leadership and industry experience in a culturally diverse environment.  Ph.D. and/or architect licensure are preferred.  Candidates involved in research and practice in architecture are highly encouraged to apply.

The CEA is one of Howard University’s 14 schools and colleges and is comprised of five academic departments offering accredited undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs.  The departments include Architecture, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering.

The Department of Architecture

Architecture education at Howard University has continued to evolve since it formally began on February 9, 1911, when the Board of Trustees approved degree studies in architecture. In 1951, the Bachelor of Architecture degree program was first accredited by NAAB. Today, the Department of Architecture continues to offer a fully NAAB accredited program of study leading to the five-year Master of Architecture (M. Arch.). The Department’s focus shapes and fosters design inquiry and technical application in students nationally and internationally, particularly those from the African Diaspora.

Located in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, Howard’s Department of Architecture draws heavily on the rich heritage of Washington, D.C. Surrounded by both historic and contemporary built fabric, Howard University provides the ideal setting for exploration and discovery. Students can walk across the campus to view a variety of architectural styles and design philosophies. Many campus buildings were designed by African American architects, some of whom graduated from, or led the architecture program.

The successful candidate will serve as the academic leader and key administrative head for the Department of Architecture, providing the vision for the academic programs and participating in university-wide and outside activities, initiatives, and projects that advance the strategic goals and mission of the college and department with key responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Lead in developing a shared vison and expand the department’s footprint on campus, locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Lead the effort to establish and expand relationships with architecture and related companies, business, government, and nonprofits, leveraging those relationships for fundraising opportunities, internships, scholarships, and other support and resources.
  • Foster interdepartmental collaboration and continue to enhance the reputation of the architecture program in academic and professional circles.
  • Serve as the academic and administrative leader of the program and work collaboratively with faculty and staff to lead academic/administrative affairs of the department while promoting excellence in teaching, assessment, and related student learning outcomes.
  • Provide effective leadership and direction for the program through a process of shared governance; strategic planning; management of human, financial, and physical resources, and supervision of the program’s compliance with NAAB accreditation requirements.
  • Work with the Howard University Office of Admissions and the CEA Office of Student Services to recruit and retain talented students.
  • Evaluate professors within the department through class observations, review of student evaluations, review of service and professional development, and review and assessment of contributions to departmental goals.
  • Develop program and departmental strategic plans, seek outside funding, and support and provide direction to the program.
  • Help advance architectural licensure of students and alumni including facilitating an IPAL program and other professional initiatives.
  • Develop curriculum and faculty teaching schedules and assignments.
  • Actively engage alumni, professional architects, and allied communities with the Department.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills including deep listening skills, cultural understanding, and collaboration skills.

To Apply:  Completed applications submitted by March 31, 2024, will receive full consideration, and applications received after this date will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.  Applications must include a cover letter specifying the area of specialization, a complete curriculum vitae, a statement of leadership interests and program direction and names and contact information of at least three references.  Submit all documents electronically to Please indicate the position number (ARCH2024) in the subject line of your submission email.

About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university located in Washington, D.C. and is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Howard University is a culturally diverse, comprehensive, and research-intensive historically black private university that provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential.

Students pursue studies in more than 140 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. To date, Howard has awarded more than 120,000 degrees in architecture, engineering, the arts, the sciences, and the humanities, and has graduated more African Americans in architecture than any other university in the United States. The historic main campus sits on a hilltop in Northwest Washington blocks from the storied U Street and Howard Theatre. We are two miles from the U.S. Capitol where many students intern, and scores of alumni shape national and foreign policy.

Howard University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment as well as in its educational programs and activities. The University prohibits discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, gender identity, or any other classification, activities or conditions protected by applicable law. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at

EEO: The University does not discriminate based on race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability.  Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities, equal opportunity and Title IX would be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources.