Dean of the School of Architecture

Pratt Institute Pratt Institute Employer:
Brooklyn, NY, USLocation:
Tue, Oct 23 '18Posted on:

Faculty, students, and administrators aspire to welcome a future leader into the School of Architecture who will, through their character and experience, enrich with new perspectives the school's ­­existing initiatives. As chief academic and administrative officer, the Dean should champion students and faculty in an academic environment that joins practitioner and non-practitioner knowledge. With a passion for architecture and an understanding of its related fields, the dean should also develop, implement, and promote jointly conceived ideas and future goals, while meeting the pragmatic and cultural needs of the school and its programs.

The School of Architecture comprises four departments offering the five-year undergraduate architecture program and graduate programs in numerous architecture, design and planning fields. Additionally, the school houses several faculty research initiatives and collaborates richly with other Institute Centers (Pratt Center for Community Development; Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative; Consortium for Research and Robotics). Its 26 full-time and 230 part-time faculty are distinguished scholars and practitioners in their fields.

Located on Pratt's historic 25-acre campus in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Pratt is an internationally recognized school of architecture, art, design, and information science, which draws students from diverse cultural and geographic backgrounds. We are committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in our curriculum as well as in the ranks of our faculty, students and staff and seek applicants who can contribute to the furtherance of these goals.


Experience and Qualifications

Education: Advanced degree in a relevant field from any accredited institution, domestic or international.

Experience: Should have at least 3-5 years of administrative and teaching experience in higher education and preferably, but not necessarily, as a practitioner in a relevant field.


Leadership and Management

  • Demonstrated capacity to establish strategic organizational direction; to develop organizational plans, policies and priorities; and to assess progress toward achievement of those priorities.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead pedagogical development of faculty and curricular development of programs.
  • Ability to balance serving as Dean and chief academic officer for the school with any other professional and creative activities outside of Pratt.


  • Demonstrated strong communication skills to articulate, advocate, and promote all programs within the School to a global audience.

Faculty and Higher Education Context

  • Demonstrated capacity to support the department chairs in recruiting and retaining a talented and inclusive faculty.
  • Demonstrated ability to energize collaborative creative relationships and partnerships with a large, professionally diverse faculty, staff, and other academic leaders in order to uphold the highest educational standards for the School.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with faculty, mentoring them and creating incentives for them to excel.


  • Demonstrated understanding and recognition of the diversity of the school's student body, and ability to support initiatives to enhance student diversity and inclusion in the school.
  • Experience supporting the needs of international students.

Development and Partnerships

  • Proven capability to identify and cultivate creative partnerships that contribute to goals and objectives in applied research, and the acquisition of advanced tools and resources for the development and realization of research in the school.
  • Experience engaging in fundraising opportunities with leadership officers, to promote the evolving strategic initiatives of the school and the Institute.


  • Ability to lead the annual budgetary process and possess an understanding of fiduciary obligations in higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability in the development of all administrative staff, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness while being sensitive to their general welfare and fostering a healthy work/life balance.


Application Instructions

To apply please submit a cover letter, CV, and a statement describing how you have worked to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your career and how you plan on continuing to do so here at Pratt via our internal application site.

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