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Friday, November 1, 2019

Location: Elgin, IL

Chair of the Department of Architecture


The Department of Architecture at Judson University seeks a new Chair to lead its B.A.A.S. and accredited M.Arch. programs starting in July or August, 2020. The new Chair will have the opportunity to provide vision to enhance the established excellence of our programs, support new programmatic initiatives, cultivate the faculty, serve student learning, align the work of the programs with the University’s new strategic plan, and ensure its continued identity within an ethos of Christian education. The Chair will be supported by an Assistant Chair and an administrative assistant.

The new Chair is expected to have demonstrated credentials in an academic and/or professional environment commensurate to appointment at the rank of associate or full professor. Depending upon academic objectives, the Chair may seek tenured status for the academic appointment, although the administrative appointment is non-tenurable.

Judson’s programs in architecture draw from, and contribute to, the University’s tradition of Christian education within a liberal arts framework. Faculty and staff are expected to evince their faith within classrooms and studios and in all interpersonal relationships across the campus. Distinctive characteristics of the program include embracing a full and diverse gamut of architectural precedent, a four-week study abroad experience in the third year of the B.A.A.S., and a one-year preceptorship built into the M.Arch. curriculum.

Founded in 1997, the Department of Architecture achieved initial accreditation in 2004 and will have its next affirmation of accreditation review by the NAAB in spring of the 2020/21 academic year. Housed in a LEED Gold-certified building with the Department of Art and Design and adjacent to the University library, the architecture curricula are taught in dedicated classrooms and studio space, with a fabrications laboratory and woodshop in the building. Judson University is situated in Elgin, with easy access by train or highway to Chicago, just 40 miles to the east. Learn more about the Architecture Program here: and here:

Leadership Characteristics

The new Chair is expected to work collaboratively with Departmental faculty and staff and to participate in and model values of shared governance while shaping and encouraging a vision that will launch the programs through its next twenty years. The Chair will recognize the opportunities of the programs, the faculty, and location, while addressing demographic changes and challenges to higher education generally.

Requirements and Responsibilities The new Chair will

  • Support the University’s Mission Statement and Educational Goals (see: )
  • Set Departmental goals that are aligned with the University mission and result from faculty collaboration
  • Recruit, mentor and maintain adjunct faculty
  • Articulate clear pedagogical objectives for themselves and the Department as a whole
  • Coordinate with campus-wide offices to magnify efforts for student recruitment and retention
  • Inspire and maintain a collegial atmosphere
  • Create and sustain relationships between the programs and architecture firms (both local and across the country)
  • Advocate for programs to University administration
  • Oversee the Department budget
  • Coordinate with the Advancement Office on behalf of fundraising initiatives
  • Work with the Department’s Advisory Board to advance the programs
  • Enhance relations among program alumni
  • Facilitate the matriculation of transfer students
  • Coordinate lecture series and annual symposia
  • Fulfill responsibilities of advising (normally for transfer students) and regular committee assignments (at least one policy committee)
  • Teach a minimum of 6 credit hours per academic year in their area of disciplinary expertise (e.g., building science, history/theory, design)
  • Perform all other institutional duties as assigned by Associate Provosts and Provost

Preferred qualifications The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Educational credentialing of an earned M.Arch. or equivalent
  • Professional licensure or substantial body of research and understanding of licensure requirements and professional architecture culture
  • Experience in higher education (or a professional architecture setting) that fulfills requirements of hiring at the level of associate or full professor
  • Understanding of, and ideally experience with, the NAAB accreditation process
  • Skills as a facilitator of student learning who understands contemporary issues in science of learning
  • Strengths in administration, including nurturing a collaborative environment with faculty that includes recruitment, mentoring, and retention
  • Capacity for developing new programs, especially certificates and at the graduate level


Please send questions about the position, nominations and applications to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. A. Gillian Stewart-Wells ( ), copying the Provost’s Executive Assistant, Christina Watson ( ).

Complete applications will include, as a single PDF:

  • Letter of intent that outlines qualifications and capacity to meet the “Requirements and Responsibilities” listed above
  • Statement on the influence of faith commitment in leadership style
  • Completed “Full-Time and Pro-Rata Faculty Application” available under “Employment Forms” on this page:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A small sample of creative or scholarly work (the committee will request more expansive portfolios from candidates who advance in the search process)
  • Unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate)
  • Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate is appointed. Only applications received by November 1, 2019 can be assured of full consideration.