The College of Arts and Architecture at Pennsylvania State University seeks a visionary and creative leader as its next Director of the Stuckeman School— a unit comprised of the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Graphic Design. We are interested in a dynamic individual with experience promoting and fostering research, creative activity, professional preparation, outreach, and community engagement.
The successful candidate will hold a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in one of the disciplinary units within the Stuckeman School.
This full-time, 48-week administrative position will report to the Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture.
The College of Arts and Architecture is working to establish a culture of anti-racism and anti-oppression that embraces individual identities, fosters a culture of inclusion, and promotes equity through curricula, values, standards, ideals, policies and practices. The ideal candidate will provide evidence of their experience with, and interest in, contributing to these goals.
• The School Director is responsible for operational leadership, strategic planning, fostering research and creative activity within the school, and external networking and outreach initiatives. Additionally, the Director manages an annual budget of approximately $1.3M, and administration of the Stuckeman School endowments along with several additional endowment accounts in consultation with school leadership and the dean. These endowments support the development of faculty research, scholarship, and creative work. They also support collaborative and multi-disciplinary design and professional initiatives in the departments and with other institutions and faculty. The school director is expected to foster collaborative and cross-disciplinary opportunities.
• The School Director's responsibilities are allied to supporting the research centers—Stuckeman Center for Design Computing, Hamer Center for Community Design—faculty research, creative activity, and multi-disciplinary faculty teaching and research efforts, and the role of graduate students and collaborators in research, scholarship, and creative work. In this role, the school director also engages with the College's Associate Dean for Research, Creative Activity, and Graduate Programs, and with University-level initiatives for research and faculty development (such as co-hires with the University's interdisciplinary institutes and research centers). The school director does not directly oversee the academic mission of the departments, as these responsibilities belong to the department heads.
• The School Director is tasked with outreach to both internal and external constituents. Internally, the director is responsible for all school operations including staffing, facilities, and information technology. Externally, the school director coordinates an external advisory council—the Stuckeman Advisory Council, comprised of noted practitioners, academics, industry experts, and alumni—who report to the school director and the dean. The school director also connects quarterly with the Alumni Program Groups for each department in the school, coordinates the annual Stuckeman Career Day, and oversees regular professional development programming led by the Stuckeman Career advisor.
• The School Director oversees the physical and financial resources that established the school, and the continued impact these resources have on developing and maintaining a leading school of design.
• Terminal degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, or Graphic Design (PhD, M.Arch., MFA, MLA). PhD or terminal degree with equivalent experience preferred.
• Evidence of equitable considerations, awareness, and practice regarding 21st-century curricula development, inclusive practices in developing diverse student bodies, staff, and faculty membership, along with evidence of working collectively to cultivate a culture that supports success and enables all members of a college community to thrive.
• Experience leading and supervising administrative, technical, and/or advising staff, preferably in academic settings.
• Evidence of and strategic vision for fostering and mentoring research, design, and/or creative practice centers/initiatives.
• A clear vision for and significant experience in advancing art and design practices, research, and collaborations to advance professional practice and research. Leadership through strategic support for faculty research, scholarship, and creative work
• Experience engaging professional organizations, external funding agencies, non-governmental organizations and foundations
• Experience with leadership, strategic planning and management of endowments and funding accounts.
• Management and planning of art and design facilities
• Experience identifying and cultivating strategic engagement with college and university-wide research initiatives
• Experience working with an external advisory council comprised of practitioners, academics, external industry experts, and alumni
• Participation and engagement with external associations, groups, and organizations
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for four references. Address in your cover letter how equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging relate to your leadership experience.
To nominate a candidate, or if you have questions, write to Mallika Bose (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the Search Committee and Associate Dean for Research, Creative Activity, and Graduate Studies. Review of applications will begin January 31, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Search procedures will be facilitated by video conferencing technologies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Stuckeman School
Cal and Eleanor R. Stuckeman established an endowment in 2008 to enable the School to be a leader among peer institutions in the design disciplines. The Stuckeman School provides shared administrative support to the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Graphic Design, and maintains digital and analog fabrication shops and technology resources across a state-of-the-art LEED facility. The endowments in the Stuckeman School include several Chairs and Professorships for full professors, as well as a Career Development Professor in Design for early-career faculty. Two large grant programs provide early- or mid-career faculty members significant opportunities for professional development. The endowments provide generous funding for faculty research, faculty travel, visiting critics, lectures and exhibitions, research assistants, and course enhancement funds. The school's endowments also support two active research centers: the Hamer Center for Community Design and the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing, and Ecology Design, a research initiative. Additional information about the Stuckeman School may be found at the following URL: https://arts.psu.edu/academics/stuckeman-school/.
The College of Arts and Architecture
The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State is a comprehensive arts community including academic programs in music, theater, visual arts, graphic design, art history, architecture and landscape architecture, a center for the performing arts, and a university art museum. The college is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research, community engagement, and the preparation of specialized practitioners in all of the arts and design disciplines, along with community engagement in its programs. There are approximately 1,450 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in the college.
The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Music, the School of Theater, Penn State School of Visual Arts, and the Department of Art History; as well as the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Graphic Design, which are housed in the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The college also includes the Center for the Performing Arts, the Palmer Museum of Art, Penn State Centre Stage and Penn's Woods Music Festival, which collectively serve as important cultural resources that provide educational engagement programs for Penn State and area communities. In addition, the college is home to a number of research centers, institutes and initiatives, which foster a vibrant culture of inquiry that promotes excellence within the arts and design disciplines, while at the same time leveraging the potential of a comprehensive research university. The college is housed in sixteen buildings on the University Park campus. It includes performance spaces, gallery/exhibition spaces, a lighting and design lab, computer labs, special subject libraries, specialized studios and a stage lighting archive.
For more information about the College of Arts and Architecture visit: https://arts.psu.edu
The Pennsylvania State University
The Pennsylvania State University is a land-grant Research I university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855 as the Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania, and later known as the Pennsylvania State College, Penn State conducts teaching, research, and public service. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education offered through resident instruction and online delivery.
The University Park campus is the flagship campus for the university, along with 20 commonwealth campuses across the state serving undergraduate and graduate students and five specialized campuses offering law, medical, graduate and technical programs. During the fall 2020 semester, approximately 39,809 undergraduate students and 6,092 graduate students were enrolled at University Park, 8,865 undergraduate students and 6,486 graduate students were enrolled in World Campus, and an additional 25,772 undergraduate and 1,461 graduate students were enrolled at commonwealth campuses.”
Across all campuses, Penn State offers more than 160 undergraduate majors and many more graduate and certificate programs. With a total enrollment of roughly 88,485 the University is one of the largest in the world. Penn State's alumni base also continues to rapidly grow and expand with more than 22,000 degrees awarded annually. The number of living alumni currently stands at approximately 700,000; these alumni hail from all 50 U.S. states and more than 160 countries across the globe.
Fundamental to the University and its strategic plan is Penn State's priority in advancing the arts and humanities. Like its strongest peers, Penn State possesses vibrant arts and humanities programs that are meaningful to its students and its broader communities. A cornerstone of Penn State's strategic plan highlights the Arts and the University embraces the vital role of the arts and humanities, utilizing them- along with the sciences and other disciplines-as agents of change in addressing complex global issues.
More information about the Pennsylvania State University may be found here: http://www.psu.edu/.
University Park and State College
The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in Centre County in central Pennsylvania. State College has a population of approximately 42,000 residents and is within a half-days drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Detroit.
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