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Director and Professor

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Applicants must attach: (1) Cover letter outlining the candidate’s interests, qualifications, and pertinent experience; (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) contact information for at least three (3) professional references, and (4) portfolio of educational and professional work.

Position Details

Position Information

Employee Type Faculty
Working Title Director and Professor
Position Number 126506
College/Area Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
Hiring Unit SDC
Department Link

School of Design and Construction

Work Location Pullman
Zip Code 99164
Summary of Duties

The School of Design and Construction (SDC), Washington State University, is seeking applications for Director. The director is principally responsible for conveying and communicating the mission, vision, and values of the SDC and providing strategic leadership and outreach. As the face of the SDC, the director assumes a high-profile role to publicly represent the School and its interests in every capacity. S/he must be committed to the diversity and breadth of the SDC while upholding the mission of a land-grant university.

Established in 2012 as a single unit, the SDC features a unique amalgamation of programs comprising the majority of the academic disciplines associated with the development of the built environment: Architecture, Construction Management, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. Additionally, the SDC is involved in a collaborative degree in Construction Engineering focused on the intersection between Civil Engineering and Construction Management. This integrated environment provides the highest caliber of interdisciplinary education for the next generation of design and construction professionals.

The SDC has established a strong foundation via increased enrollment, external fundraising, integrated coursework, a new strategic plan and tenure and promotion guidelines, and well-defined policies and procedures describing its shared governance. Consistently high employment rates (averaging 94%) demonstrate the value placed upon degree holders from the SDC’s programs. A strong advisory board and alumni base support connections between industry and academia and ensure the ongoing vitality of the programs and the SDC. All programs in the SDC received the maximum allowable extension of national accreditation within the past five years.

The SDC is prepared to advance initiatives focused around its five signature research themes (health, performance, technology, place, and experience). The SDC is poised to expand global and industry collaboration, and beyond-the classroom learning experiences, to lead the way as a model for collaborative education at WSU. The SDC is committed to being the premier destination for integrated design and construction in the West.

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· The director carries out the SDC’s mission, vision, and values and represents the SDC to the students, college, university, community, professions, and industry.
· The director provides strategic leadership; advances the professional development and promotion of faculty and staff; oversees curriculum development and instructional assignments; and manages, assesses, and supports research programs.
· The director participates in the graduate and undergraduate programs; recruits and manages personnel; heads the leadership team; and monitors facilities, equipment, and promotional material.
· The director develops, oversees, and manages budgets.
· The director works to secure extramural support through relationships with alumni, the advisory board, and other constituents.
· The director actively promotes and fosters consensus building and teamwork through collaborative school activities such as faculty-staff and all-School meetings; committee arrangements; the lecture series; symposia; student competitions; and commencement.
· The director is expected to be non-partisan, representing the entire SDC and acting on its behalf in proposals, actions, and supervision.
· The director serves on college and/or university-wide committees as requested by the dean, and, as directors have faculty appointments, may teach if resources necessitate.
· The director engages in outreach activities that pertain to supporting and promoting SDC operations and future development.

Additional Information

Position will be open until filled. The initial screening of applicants will begin on January 2, 2018. An anticipated start date of the successful candidate is July 1, 2018.

Applicants must attach: (1) Cover letter outlining the candidate’s interests, qualifications, and pertinent experience; (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) contact information for at least three (3) professional references, and (4) portfolio of educational and professional work.

Any questions may be sent to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Max Kirk ( Washington State University is an EEO/AA employer and educator.

View the Benefits Overview for information regarding competitive benefits available.

Anticipated Start Date 07/01/2018
Tenure Track Yes
Full-Time/Part-Time Full Time
Appointment Status Permanent
Position Term in Months 12
Monthly Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Required Qualifications

· Ability to attain the rank of Associate Professor or Professor upon appointment.
· Demonstrated knowledge and achievement in interdisciplinary education and/or contemporary issues related to design and construction.
· Proved management and leadership skills in academic and/or professional setting.

Preferred Qualifications

· Ph.D. or comparable degree in one of the four disciplines in the School.
· Professional experience/licensure in one or more of the disciplines in the School.
· Verified success in funded and published research.
· Established knowledge and accomplishment in teaching, research, scholarship, and practice related to design and construction.
· Ability to interact effectively and professionally with a wide range of people representing the various disciplines in the School.
· Intellectual curiosity, flexibility, and an interest in learning about and promoting the diversity and breadth of the school.
· Prior experience with extramural development and fundraising.
· Experience in and an understanding of academic administration.
· Proven record of working with an advisory board and other external constituents.
· Demonstrated ability to effectively develop, oversee, and manage budgets.

Background Check Yes

Posting Detail Information

Type of Recruitment Open Recruitment
Posting Open Date 10/30/2017
Screening Begin Date 01/02/2018
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled (overrides close field) Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must attach: (1) Cover letter outlining the candidate’s interests, qualifications, and pertinent experience; (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) contact information for at least three (3) professional references, and (4) portfolio of educational and professional work.

EEO Statement

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference Contact Info
  4. Portfolio
Optional Documents