Assistant Professor of Architecture (Term Appointment, Non-tenure-track)
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Type: Full Time
Required Education: Masters
Academic / Faculty
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) prepares artists and designers to have an impact through practice. Full-time, term appointment 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 accredited by the NAAB in 2019. Situated within an art and design college, and located in the center of Grand Rapids, MI, the program 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 term-appointed (temporary, non-tenure-track) full-time faculty member beginning in January 2023 to teach design studios and courses in environmental systems, structures, and/or thesis research. The initial term of the appointment (dependent on sufficient enrollment) is three semesters: Spring 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024, with the possibility of renewal.
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.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND 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
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 ferris.edu. 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.
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 Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity and inclusion.
Demonstrated proficiency in architectural design.
Demonstrated proficiency in current architectural presentation techniques.
Demonstrated visual, written and verbal communication skills.
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 environmental systems, structures, and/or thesis research.
About Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
As a college within Ferris State University, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) prepares students for leadership in the visual arts, design, art history, and art education; provides innovative, collaborative education that fosters growth and individual creativity; and promotes the ethical and civic responsibilities of artists and designers, locally and globally.
KCAD was established in 1928 by Helen Miller Kendall, the wife of David Wollcott Kendall, a nationally known furniture designer. KCAD’s students are a blend of dynamic personalities that form a vibrant community with a passion for all things creative. KCAD’s strong alumni network includes a multitude of successful entrepreneurs, professional artists and individuals employed by industry-leading companies and organizations. KCAD currently offers 17 undergraduate and five graduate programs in specialized and overlapping areas of art and design as well as continuing studies. Grand Rapids’ Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) merged with KCAD in 2013 and serves as a vital resource for the College as well as continuing in its role as the premier venue for contemporary art in the regio...n.
KCAD is nestled in the heart of the creative community of downtown Grand Rapids, MI. The city is the second largest in Michigan and combines big city amenities with small town charm. Thanks in part to a “culture of collaboration” among the city’s philanthropists, Grand Rapids has cultivated a diverse and thriving arts community. KCAD’s campus is located a mere 30 minutes from the pristine shores of Lake Michigan, and is within walking distance of an advancing medical mile and a unique array of cultural institutions, restaurants, art galleries, and shopping. West Michigan offers the benefits and beauty of the four seasons with a full range of recreational opportunities. For more information about KCAD, please visit kcad.edu.