Assistant Professor of Architecture (Term Appointment, Non-tenure-track)

Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) Employer:
Grand Rapids, MI, USLocation:
Mon, Sep 12 '22Posted on:

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.


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

Required Education:

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.

 Preferred Qualifications:

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.

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 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.


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