Program Director, Architecture

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Work Type: Staff/Unclassified
Location: Kent Campus - Kent, OH
Category: Full-time
Home Org/Dept: Architecture Program - Kent Campus [100076]

Job Title:

Program Director, Architecture

Physical Location:

Kent Campus - Kent, OH



Basic Function:

To direct the operational, administrative, instructional, and assessment activities of the Architecture academic programs. Reports to the Dean, Architecture and Environmental Design.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) at Kent State University invites applications and nominations for Program Director for its Bachelor of Science in Architecture (B.S.) and Master of Architecture (M.Arch) programs starting July 1, 2023.

Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

Oversees the promotion and advancement of designated program(s).

Responsible for curriculum development and oversight.

Establish program outcomes in coordination with faculty, and develop strategies for achieving outcomes.

Assume responsibility for the recruitment and admission of students within the respective programs; participate in University and College recruitment events.

Responsible for course scheduling and teaching assignment for Faculty, NTT, and part-time faculty with Dean’s approval.

Assist in the hiring of part-time faculty.

Develop faculty workloads for review and approval by the Dean.

Consult annually with each Faculty member to identify and establish objectives and goals for that Faculty member's development during the following year.

Responsible for accreditation preparation and visitation including annual reports.

Evaluate and implement changes to programs in consultation with the program committee, curriculum committee and Dean.

Work closely with the College's Academic Advisors; and advise students on professional and career matters.

Work with other graduate program coordinators for Graduate Assistantship assignment recommendations for Dean and/or Associate Dean approval.

Schedule program faculty meetings at least twice a semester.

Serve as a member of the College Executive Committee.

Represent the academic program at the Chairs and Directors Councils.

Oversee credit transfer evaluation in consultation with faculty of the appropriate program areas.

Oversee National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB) Student Performance Criteria evaluation relative to transfer placement in Architecture Program curricula in consultation with Faculty.

Attend and participate in studio reviews and other after hour activities, such as lectures, exhibition openings, open houses, recruitment events, etc.

Ensure that the College’s Program Assessment and Review procedures are followed and that feedback is incorporated into each program curricula.

May be assigned to teach one or more course sections and/or studios (or equivalent) per academic year, based on the needs of the college.

Serve on various College and University committees.

Serve as liaison to various constituent groups relative to program activities.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:

The successful candidate will help formulate and implement an ambitious vision for 21st-century global architectural education through creative collaboration with faculty and as an integral member of the CAED’s leadership team. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of effective academic leadership and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion along with exceptional teaching in architecture and research/creative work.

Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree in Architecture or a related discipline. Four years relevant experience. Holds faculty rank with (or eligible for) tenure at the rank of Associate Professor.

Evidence of professional, scholarly, and/or creative achievement.

May require occasional travel on and off-campus.


Not applicable.

Knowledge Of:

 University-based administrative practices *

The Architecture profession *

Scholarship, creative production and grants *

Traditional, contemporary, and visionary pedagogies in Architecture and related disciplines *

Traditional and advanced tools and techniques *

Architecture academic programs *

Strategic planning *

Professional design and graphic computer applications *

University structure *

Skill In:

Written, verbal and interpersonal communication *

Providing support and guidance to faculty *

Ability To:

Provide leadership *

Teach effectively *

Communicate effectively with all components of the university and external constituents *

Outline clear goals and conceptual framework for programs *

Plan, implement, and assess program and project initiatives *

Promote a collegial and constructive environment based on open communication, positive team building, and effective management of stakeholder relationships *

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:

Leadership and administrative experience.

Professional Architecture registration/licensure.

Candidates must hold a terminal degree in Architecture or a related discipline. They must have four to five years’ relevant experience. Academic rank will be at, or eligible for, the tenured Associate Professor level. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence and qualifications in the areas of teaching, research, and service that are commensurate with rank and tenure. Compensation, which includes a comprehensive benefits package, will be competitive and commensurate with experience.


Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments 

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Light Work-Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Incumbent must be able to communicate with others. Incumbent may be required to travel from building to building frequently and off campus occasionally. May require occasional travel on and off-campus.

Special Instructions Summary:

Application Process: Applicants are required to complete an online application on the Kent State University job site: (search by position # 987118) and complete the online academic data form. Applicants should also include a:


  1. Letter of interest with a concise overview of the candidate’s vision for architectural education, teaching, research/scholarship, program leadership and personal research agenda
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Portfolio with evidence of research/scholarship, creative work, and teaching (e.g., course

      syllabi) (20-page max., 10 MB max.)

  1. Statement addressing past and/or present potential contributions to advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through research, teaching and/or service.
  2. List of three references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Any questions may be sent to: Jon Yoder Chair, Architecture Program Director Search Committee,, Kent State University, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, 132 S. Lincoln St., Kent, OH 44242.


Review of applications will begin November 30, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Full consideration will be given to candidates who have submitted by January 15, 2023.

Additional Information:

Must pass a security check.

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

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The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities. 


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