Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AD JEDI)

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Mon, Oct 4 '21Posted on:

Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AD JEDI)



We seek a collaborative and visionary colleague who can contribute meaningfully to the School of Architecture’s leadership team by helping to frame and guide tangible systems change within the School, while actively participating in broader efforts of institutional transformation across the University of Virginia. Questions of race, identity, culture, power and belonging underpin all our disciplines at the School of Architecture. The Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AD JEDI) will significantly contribute to the intellectual expansion of scholarship within our disciplines, transforming the canon, its interpretation and capacity for cultural transformation. The AD JEDI will be a key member of the Office of the Dean’s Executive Team, newly established by Dean Malo Hutson, which includes Associate Deans of Academics, of Finance, of Research, and of Strategic Initiatives; the Creative Director of Communications; the Assistant to the Dean; and the Executive Director of the School of Architecture Foundation. The AD JEDI will bring intellectual and empathic leadership as well as strategic and imaginative thinking to our shared project of rethinking institutional structures, centered on anti-racism, equity, intersectional understanding, and the dismantling of white privilege as a deeply engrained institutional legacy.


In 2017, the School of Architecture’s Inclusion + Equity Committee began work on a wide-ranging plan of action, motivated by our commitment to the university as a space for cultivating democracy, one dedicated to “the sustained, critical rethinking of our institutional policies, practices, and structures.” In June 2020, over 500 members of the School of Architecture community signed a Call to Action, urging the School of Architecture “to accept the challenge of setting a precedent for an anti-racist design pedagogy,” with a key priority of appointing an Associate Dean of Inclusion + Equity. That same summer, President Jim Ryan appointed a Racial Equity Task Force, whose final report, “Audacious Future: Commitment Required,” issued in August 2020 and endorsed by UVA’s Board of Visitors, lays out a detailed action plan for the University of Virginia. This pivotal moment of institutional transformation presents an unparalleled opportunity to spearhead the continued co-creation and implementation of long-term solutions that are integrated into our educational mission, daily operations, and culture.


Key Responsibilities

Although systems transformation can manifest through many forms, a successful leader in this role will likely:


  • Contribute to the intellectual expansion of scholarship within our disciplines to address and unpack questions of race, identity, culture, power, and belonging.
  • Oversee policy, curricular, and programmatic transformation to ensure the School’s JEDI commitments manifest with intended outcomes.
  • Support JEDI fund-raising efforts, including those focused on the School’s Project Pipeline, our DEI Scholarships, and other critical initiatives.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with University-wide DEI transformation efforts, including partnering with the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Community Partnerships; other Associate Deans across the University, the Center for Redress of Inequity through Community-Engaged Scholarship, and other significant university partners.
  • Work in dialogue with key national and international partners and allies to ensure that the School has a leading voice in devising and disseminating transformative practices focused on equity in our disciplines.



The ideal candidate will be an accomplished scholar/practitioner, with a record of significant research and exemplary teaching, who holds a PhD or terminal degree in a field related to our disciplines and who qualifies for Associate or Full Professor rank in a tenured position. This candidate would be a generative, transdisciplinary thinker, eager to galvanize partnerships within and across organizational boundaries, with the personal and professional integrity needed to hold the School to high standards of institutional accountability. The candidate will have a strong

history of commitment to addressing issues of justice and identity within the built environment through their research and have proven capacity to center race and culture through their teaching.


Interpersonal Characteristics

  • Exceptional personal and professional integrity
  • Thoughtful, transparent, and collegial
  • Collaborative within, and across, organizational boundaries
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a high level of emotional intelligence
  • Excellent verbal and written communicator
  • Personal humility and sense of humor



UVA Executive Search Group, an internal search firm in the Office of the President, is assisting in the recruitment of the Associate Dean for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Susan Gaines at .


To apply, submit a letter of interest and resume at WORKDAY link. The search will be carried out with full confidentiality.

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The University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person’s perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.



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