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Director - School of Architecture & Interior Design

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Date: Feb 27, 2017

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US


Associate/Full Professor

(Rank/Title commensurate w/Education & Experience)

College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning



The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor.


The College of DAAP has as its primary mission the creation of a better cultural and design environment. The School of Architecture and Interior Design’s role in advancing that mission is to prepare the approximately seven hundred undergraduate and graduate students to be responsible professionals and citizens in a complex and evolving world. The School of Architecture and Interior Design achieves this through a distinctive, rigorous, carefully sequenced curriculum that includes a substantial cooperative education program component dating back more than a century. This curricular model, conveyed in classrooms, research labs, and professional offices in the country and abroad, integrates practice and theory. It inspires interdisciplinary projects, builds solid corporate partnerships, and contributes to our strength as a leading design institution. The School contributes to the international dialogue on the core issues affecting the evolution of the field and is at the forefront of campus-wide programs such as the Urban Futures initiative.


The School of Architecture and Interior Design continually strives to innovate in teaching and transforming a critical design education. The School offers the following degree: B.S. Architecture, B.S. Interior Design, Master of Architecture, Master of Interior Design, M.S. in Architecture and Ph.D. in Architecture. Historically among the top-ranked programs in the country, in 2017, Design Intelligence ranked the B.S. Interior Design program sixth in the nation and the Master of Architecture program fourteenth. 


Our undergraduate and graduate programs empower students to pursue careers as skilled professionals ready to adapt to local and global markets while respecting the diversity of the human community. Our students are prepared for architecture and interior design by a passionate faculty, rigorous academic endeavors, and a world-class professional practice (co-op) program. Our students engage with the principles, traditions, and requirements of building in all its aspects, interior and exterior. Our goal is to advance the professions of Architecture and Interior Design by combining ethical judgment, creative research and technical proficiency in pursuit of excellence. We seek to nurture a life-long world view that recognizes the designer’s responsibility to the environment, society, and the profession.


The School Director is the administrative and academic leader of the school charged with the supervision of all its interests and activities and reports to the Dean of the College. Within a university model of shared governance, where various administrative and faculty bodies govern interdependently, the School Director has a personal voice to shape the way the following responsibilities are implemented.


 As academic leader, the School Director:

  • Leads the academic development in all the School's disciplines, graduate and undergraduate, and in their collaborative interactions with other disciplines across the College, the University, the Cincinnati communities, and beyond;
  • Leads the academic development of both Architecture and Interior Design and leads the faculty in the evolution of all levels of the school in undergraduate, graduate and PHD programs.
  • Leads the interaction of SAID with other schools in DAAP and in interdisciplinary research and projects with the university and external organizations.
  • Leads the recruiting and retention of an outstanding and diversified faculty;
  • Leads the development and mentoring of faculty, including annual performance reviews for all faculty, and the provision of adequate resources for their professional growth;
  • Is responsible for ensuring students receive relevant and quality instruction in a collaborative, and professional setting;
  • Participates in the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of the curricula and related matters;
  • Engages in teaching, research and/or creative work in his/her area of expertise consistent with the director’s duties;
  • Works with the Dean and the Dean’s office to develop a collegiate attitude and environment.

As administrative head, the School Director

  • Represents and articulates the views of the School faculty, staff, and students to the Dean and others and, in turn, communicates administrative policies and decisions to the School;
  • Manages, develops, and organizes the School’s administrative structure and encourages a spirit of mutual respect and diversity in the character of the School in recruiting practices for faculty, staff, and students;
  • Is responsible for day-to-day managerial matters and the operation of the School, supervises and helps to develop School staff;
  • Pursues short- and long-term objectives and oversees academic planning;
  • Is responsible for the management and oversight of the School budget (all funds and demonstrates budget capability and sound judgment in managing funds;
  • Leads the School’s collaborative efforts across the College and with the Dean’s office and the University
  • Represents and strengthens ties between the School, the local community, as well as academic and professional organizations within the University and beyond;
  • Is expected to pursue external funding – excellence grants, research proposals, etc. – to support the faculty and the School, while working with the UC Foundation to build and maintain outside support;
  • Serves on the DAAP Executive Committee, advising the Dean on issues of planning, policy, and general affairs;


Minimum Qualifications: A candidate must hold a Master degree in architecture or interior design or a related field (e.g. planning, urban design, etc.) AND have at least five years of relevant administrative experience in an institution of higher education. 


Application Process:  Complete an Applicant Profile at and upload your CV/Resume.  Offically apply to Requisition # 14874 and include a Cover Letter, and names of three (3) references.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Veteran / Disabled.


REQ: 14874


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