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Posted: 10/18/2013

University of Minnesota, College of Design
School of Architecture

Committed to global engagement, public interest, and an ecologically responsible vision of design, the School of Architecture offers two undergraduate programs, an accredited M.Arch. degree, and a M.S. degree with specialties in Heritage Conservation and Preservation, Metropolitan Design, Sustainable Design, and Research Practices. The School also offers a semester long program in Istanbul as well as a changing selection of faculty-led programs (e.g., in Azerbaijan, China, Haiti, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, Tanzania, and Zanzibar). Housed in the multi-disciplinary College of Design, the School of Architecture benefits from association with programs in Apparel Design, Graphic Design, Housing Studies, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Product Design, and Retail Merchandising. The College of Design forms the hub of dynamic professional and research activities, catalyzing collaboration, interdisciplinary research, and public engagement through its academic programs and through the Center for World Heritage Studies, the Metropolitan Design Center, the Center for Sustainable Building Research, the Consortium for Research Practices, and the Goldstein Museum of Design. The University of Minnesota, a Class 1 research institution, enables connections with faculty and students in abroad range of disciplines. The Institute for Advanced Study supports interdisciplinary collaboratives and programs. The Northwest Architectural Archives holds an extensive collection of architectural drawings and related ephemera, and the University of Minnesota Press is known for its architecture publications. The University is located in a vibrant metropolitan area known for its cultural institutions and community of designers, planners, and museum professionals, many of them actively involved with the School of Architecture’s programs.

Assistant Professor in Architecture, Architectural History and Theory
Professional Opportunity
Minneapolis, MN


The University of Minnesotas School of Architecture invites applications for a tenure-track position in the history of architecture at the level of assistant professor.  We seek applicants who specialize in the history of architecture after World War II, but other areas of expertise will also be considered. Preference will be given to those whose work complements the current facultys research and teaching in one or more of the following areas: heritage preservation, urban/metropolitan design, sustainable design, digital design, global perspectives, and architectural, cultural or social theory.  Requirements include a Ph.D. in architectural history or a related field and a record of scholarship.


The successful candidate will participate in undergraduate, M.Arch., M.S., and Ph.D. programs through teaching and scholarship in architectural history, and contribute to design education, more broadly, through active engagement with contemporary issues in architecture, theory, and/or heritage preservation.  Responsibilities include core and elective courses in architectural history and theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels; an active program of scholarship; advising and participation in design juries and thesis committees; academic service and public engagement.


Responsibilities: Teaching core and elective courses in architectural history and theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Advising students and serving on honors and graduate students committees.  Developing a strong record of research and publication.  Service at the School, College and University levels and public engagement.


Essential Qualifications:  Ph.D. in architectural history or a related field by date of appointment.  Record of achievement in scholarship. Teaching experience [graduate teaching assistant experience will be accepted]. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to support the Universitys commitment to equity and diversity.


Preferred Qualifications:  Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching, with at least 2 years of experience.  Attention to cultural diversity in teaching and research. Ability to support interdisciplinary initiatives in research and teaching with related fields in the College of Design and across the University.


Position:  This is a 100%-time, nine-month, tenure-track appointment at the level of Assistant Professor.  Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.  The expected start date is August 25, 2014.


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How to apply
Please complete online application at: http://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=115628 (Requisition #187743) and submit the following required attachments: 1) cover letter describing your interest in the position, your field, your experience, your approach to teaching, the types of courses you could offer, and your research; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) samples of scholarship (50 page limit); 4) at least one sample syllabus; 5) names and contact information for three references. Attachments must be submitted in PDF format via the online employment system, maximum file size 5MB. Hardcopy exhibits of scholarship will be accepted, but must be accompanied by an electronic file, or emailed as a PDF attachment to cvigen@umn.edu / US mail address (non-returnable exhibits) to: Carrie Vigen, HR Specialist, College of Design, University of Minnesota, 32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108, Ph: 612/624-1721. Priority will be given to applications received by November 15, 2013. Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. Process questions: Carrie Vigen, cvigen@umn.edu or Ph: 612/624-1721. Search committee chair: Professor Katherine Solomonson, Ph.D., solom003@umn.edu or Ph: 612/624-5565. For more information, please visit our web site at: http://design.umn.edu. The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
Carrie Vigen
Phone: 612-624-1721
1985 Buford Ave, 32 McNeal Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108

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