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Department Chair in Architecture

Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
Job Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Fine and Applied Arts Deans

Located in Philadelphia, PA, the College of Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) at Thomas Jefferson University is seeking an exceptional candidate to serve as the Chair of the Department of Architecture. The Department of Architecture is one of four departments in the College and includes the NAAB accredited BArch and MArch programs, MS Arch and BS in Architectural Studies programs, as well as the graduate program in Historic Preservation and the PhD program in Architecture and Design Research. The College of Architecture and the Built Environment is a national thought leader in sustainability, social equity and design excellence with several ranked programs across the architectural fields and four research centers. As a comprehensive university ranked in the top national research universities, Jefferson focuses on transdisciplinary and experiential professional education. Students and faculty benefit from an interdisciplinary academic environment supporting education and research across disciplines.

Reporting to the Dean of CABE, the Chair of the Department of Architecture is a forward thinking and dynamic leader who will provide strategic leadership and management of the programs. Diversity, sustainability, interdisciplinary education and research are central to the mission of the college and will guide the future trajectory of the department. We are seeking a Chair who can offer transformative ideas about the future of architecture and has a track record of working in leadership roles in an academic environment. A relevant portfolio of outstanding and impactful scholarly and / or design work, recognized at national and international levels, is required. The candidate should have strong leadership skills in providing engagement with all stakeholders in shaping an inclusive vision for the department and must demonstrate commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Chair will be charged with leading the faculty and staff in advancing the Department’s teaching, research and service mission. Responsibilities include: recruitment of faculty, staff and students, accreditation, assessment and strategic planning, academic, operational and financial performance of the department, curriculum development and strengthening research programs. In addition, the Chair will be expected to work with the Dean on fundraising activities for the department, facilitate and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration within the design disciplines and the university; show evidence of and continue a strong commitment to research/scholarship/creative activity; provide strong leadership skills in working with college administrators, the architecture professions, and other allied professions and disciplines; and teach in one or more of the department’s programs.

The Chair will hold a 12-month faculty position in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment Department of Architecture and should be qualified for a position with tenure at the associate or professor rank.

About Thomas Jefferson University

Thomas Jefferson University is a leader in transdisciplinary, professional education. Jefferson, founded in 1824, is a preeminent national doctoral university delivering high-impact education in 160 undergraduate and graduate programs to 8,200 students in architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion and textiles, health, medicine, science and social science. Jefferson is re-defining the higher education value proposition with an approach that is collaborative and active; increasingly global; integrated with industry; focused on research across disciplines to foster innovation and discovery; and technology-enhanced. Student-athletes compete as the Jefferson Rams in the NCAA Division II Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

As an employer, Jefferson maintains a commitment to provide equal access to employment. Jefferson values diversity and encourages applications from women, members of minority groups, LGBTQ individuals, disabled individuals, and veterans.

Credential Requirements:

Candidates must be qualified by education and experience to administer professional architecture programs. Candidates must possess credentials that merit appointment at the rank of associate or full professor. Required qualifications include substantial teaching and professional experience in architecture with demonstrated administrative skills, leadership qualities, and a strong record of research/scholarship/creative activity and/or professional design.

Candidates must possess one of the following categories of acceptable academic credentials: 1) terminal combination of a professional bachelor’s and a master’s degree; 2) a terminal professional master’s degree; or 3) a doctorate. The disciplines for the degrees should be in Architecture or a closely related discipline. Foreign equivalents to U.S. degrees are acceptable. 

Desired Qualifications:

A doctoral degree and / or architecture licensure is highly desirable.


Candidates should submit in digital format: 1) letter of application 2) statement on leadership, teaching philosophy and research / creative agenda (3-page maximum), 3) curriculum vitae, 4) portfolio of teaching and professional work (25-page maximum) and 5) names and contact information of three references.

Send complete application package to Questions should be sent to the chair of the search committee,

Preferred submission deadline of materials is January 15, 2022. The search will remain open until suitable candidates are identified.

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