The Illinois School of Architecture invites applications for one full-time, tenure-system position, commencing August 16, 2018. A renewed focus on health and wellness on the Urbana campus linked to the establishment of Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, prompts the school to expand its design, research and teaching capacity in the Health and Well-being (HWB) program area. HWB efforts align with the school’s delivery of an aesthetically motivated and technically rigorous design education to undergraduate and graduate students in a research-intensive environment. (HWB curricular & research objectives are described on the school’s website: http://www.arch.illinois.edu/program/health-well-being)
The school seeks an early career scholar with a demonstrated research agenda at the intersection of environmental design, health, and well-being at any environmental scale. The individual will show promise for developing a substantial and high profile research agenda in health-environment relationships and for disseminating new knowledge in peer-reviewed scholarly venues. The researcher will augment current funding potential within the Health and Well-being program area by taking advantage of numerous interdisciplinary funding opportunities available on and off campus. This individual will be expected to cooperate with School Architecture Faculty in core studio and classroom teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to assist with refining and delivering studio and substantive course content in health-environment relations. We anticipate this new colleague will bolster offerings in the HWB concentrations in the MARCH and MS degree programs and support MS- and PhD- student research in design and health/well-being.
Required: Pre-professional, professional, or post-professional degree in Architecture; professional licensure and/or a PhD in Architecture or a closely related field (e.g., Urban Planning, Engineering) and a record of scholarly and/or professional accomplishments demonstrating (a) foundational knowledge of design and health research literature, and advanced design-research scholarship in one or more design and health focus areas; (b) ability to apply evidence-based design processes to promote human well-being. Preferred: Demonstrated excellence in design-studio teaching, links to professional efforts to bring health knowledge into practice in architecture and planning. (PhD holders will participate in the school’s doctoral program through student advising and committee membership.)
Rank. The hire will be made at the rank of assistant professor.
Research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of design research that is esteemed nationally. The individual will teach both core and specialized curricula to undergraduate and graduate students. Active service to the school, college, and campus is also expected. In all three phases of work, the successful candidates will contribute to the growth and direction of the school, principally through transdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues.
Compensation. Salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
About the school. The Illinois School of Architecture offers a NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture degree, in addition to its BS and MS in Architectural Studies, and PhD degree programs. The school also offers joint graduate degree programs with Civil and Environmental Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, and the College of Business. In 2016-17, the hiring professionals surveyed by Design Intelligence Quarterly (DI) ranked the school’s Master of Architecture degree program in the top 25 nationally for producing graduates who are prepared “for success in the profession and designing a sustainable future.” The school’s DI standing complements its place in the 2017 QS World University Rankings for programs in architecture. For a third year running, the QS rankings placed Illinois in the top tier globally, ranking fifth in the nation among public research universities.
The University of Illinois is a world-class research institution located in Urbana-Champaign, a vibrant university community recognized as a major center for engineering, arts, and design. The school and university have outstanding resources for teaching and scholarship, with advanced digital fabrication and energy simulation laboratories and the largest public university research library in the nation. The future of design at Illinois includes a new facility intended for outreach, education, and experimentation in design for students in fields within and outside the arts.
Application procedures. For full consideration, create a profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu/ and upload the following required submissions: 1) a letter of application describing clearly your primary scholarly and/or design accomplishments and your future teaching and research objectives related to the position in Health and Well-being; 2) a complete curriculum vitae including postal address, email address, and telephone phone number; 3) an electronic portfolio including samples of publications, design work and teaching outcomes and student’s work; and 4) names of three references with titles, affiliations, and contact information including postal address, email, and telephone.
Deadline. Applications received by November 15, 2017, will receive full consideration. Early applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after the closing date. The search may continue past the closing date until the position is filled.
Employer. The University of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. For more information see http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.