Assistant/Associate Professor of Architecture (Tenure-Track)

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Work type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing
Location: Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Categories: Faculty

Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Architecture (Tenure-Track)  
Location: Grand Rapids (Kendall)  

 92300 - KCAD Master of Architecture

Advertised Salary: $57,000 (for Assistant rank) plus an excellent comprehensive benefits package.  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: Kendall Faculty Association (MEA-NEA)  
Term of Position: 9 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) prepares artists and designers to have an impact through practice. Full-time, tenure-track faculty members teach 18 semester credit hours per academic year, and engage in three kinds of professional development: continuous improvement in teaching effectiveness, creative and/or scholarly work, and service. KCAD faculty also advise students regarding their academic plan and progress as well as their co-curricular and post-graduation opportunities.

The KCAD M.Arch was established in 2014 and achieved NAAB accreditation in 2019. Situated within an art and design college, and located in the center of Grand Rapids, MI, the program emphasizes architecture’s cultural significance and values interdisciplinary connections and community engagement. Its curriculum is structured around a unique sequence of immersive seminars paired with design studios. The program is seeking a tenure-track full-time faculty member with a strong, demonstrated ability as a design studio instructor, and with the expertise to teach courses in other parts of the curriculum such as design representation, environmental systems, and/or thesis research. Position will begin in Fall 2024.  Courses are to be taught in person on KCAD’s campus in Grand Rapids, MI. The candidate(s) selected for the position must reside in Michigan after acceptance of employment.

KCAD and the Master of Architecture program value a diverse student body and faculty. A key strategic goal of the college is to grow and celebrate our diversity, enriching our community, work and learning.
Position Type: Faculty - Temporary & Continuing  
Required Education: Master of Architecture degree from a NAAB-accredited (or recognized equivalent) college or university.  
Required Work Experience: Experience teaching (beyond Graduate Assistant/Teaching Assistant) in a NAAB-accredited architecture program.
Professional architectural practice experience.

Required Licenses and Certifications: None  
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Moving
  • Sitting
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Three years teaching experience (beyond Graduate Assistant/Teaching Assistant) in a NAAB-accredited architecture program.
Post-professional master’s degree or Ph.D. in architecture or a closely related field.
U.S. architectural license.
Three years of professional architectural practice experience.
Architectural curriculum development experience.
Research and teaching focus related to design representation, environmental systems, and/or thesis research.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Participate in program and curriculum development and assessment
Prepare and distribute syllabi according to college standards
Teach an appropriate course load as assigned
Assess and evaluate student learning and provide formative feedback throughout the course
Keep regular posted office hours
Advise students for academic and professional development
Participate in service to the college and in shared governance
Participate in academic functions including commencement
Contribute to the college’s continuous improvement
Demonstrate an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
Maintain effective communication with students and colleagues
Work collaboratively with faculty, students and staff throughout the college
Contribute to your discipline’s discourse(s)
Engage in scholarly, creative and professional development
Engage in reflective self-assessment for improvement, renewal and promotion
Perform any other duties assigned within the position classification area
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: None  
Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated proficiency in architectural design.
Demonstrated proficiency in current architectural presentation techniques.
Demonstrated visual, written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Portfolio 1
Optional Documents: None  
Special Instructions to Applicants: None  
Initial Application Review Date:
November 20th, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: True  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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