Fellowships in Architectural Education

ACSA Report


The intention of this paper is to highlight the rapidly expanding framework of new faculty development, with a specific focus on fellowships, at schools of architecture and design. Since the recent surge of racial reckoning in 2020, our discipline has seen an influx of new faculty fellowships focused on research and representation related to issues of social and environmental justice, racial equity, and community engagement. By engaging current and former fellows, full-time faculty, and administrators, this paper articulates the fine line between fellowships as a point of access to teaching opportunity, and the inherent precarity of short-term faculty positions, especially for topics related to social and environmental justice. By asking questions about institutional constraints, the impact on classrooms and curricula, and the unspoken service advising students interested in current topics, this paper provides insight to the experience of fellows across architectural education.

2022-2023 ACSA Leadership Committee Members

Edson Cabalfin, Tulane University (Chair)
Kwesi Daniels, Tuskegee University (ACSA At-Large Director)
Marcelo López-Dinardi, Texas A&M University (ACSA At-Large Director)
Amelyn Ng, Rhode Island School of Design
Adrian Parr, University of Oregon
Noah Resnick, University of Detroit Mercy
Staff: Kendall A. Nicholson, Director of Research, Equity, & Education, ACSA


Kendall A. Nicholson, Ed.D.
Director of Research, Equity, and Education