University of Virginia, Mary Irene DeShong Professorship of Design and Health; deadline to apply 15 February 2014

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Reference: JOB36763
Application deadline: CLOSED

The School of Architecture at the University of Virginia is seeking to fill the Mary Irene DeShong Professorship of Design and Health. The DeShong Professor will contribute intellectual leadership to the University's new cross-disciplinary Center for Design and Health, develop an interdisciplinary curriculum in design and health, and demonstrate a reputation for excellence in, or respect for, a culture of design excellence. The DeShong Professor will be expected to teach a range of classes that could encompass lecture courses, seminars, design studios, or other appropriate formats. The candidate will also assume leadership as the Center Director. Information about the Center may be found at Information about the School of Architecture may be found at

The ideal candidate shall be a nationally or internationally recognized academician or practitioner with a terminal degree in her/his field, or equivalent professional experience and professional recognition sufficient to be appointed to an endowed chair in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. We are seeking a dynamic leader who can promote a research agenda to inform and shape future global policies and practice. In this role, the professor will build partnerships across disciplines with leading practitioners, government policy-makers, and fellow academics at the highest levels. Commensurate with these expectations, the successful candidate will be hired as a tenured associate or full professor in a 9-month academic year position expected to begin August 25, 2014. Nationally prominent reviewers will be expected to confirm the significance of the candidate's contributions to the field.

In filling this distinguished professorship, we seek a scholar and/or practitioner who engages in design solutions that create effective and economically feasible environments for human health by synthesizing the art of design with the rigorous evidence-based perspective of scientific inquiry. These initiatives may include a range of environmental design scales, from patient-centered healthcare facilities, to housing, neighborhoods, and cities.

The DeShong Professor will join a vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars and designers. Faculty in four disciplines--architecture, architectural history, landscape architecture, and urban and environmental planning--participate in the work of the Center for Design and Health while contributing to nationally-ranked professional curricula and strong liberal arts-focused undergraduate programs. The newly created Ph.D. in the Constructed Environment will allow the DeShong Professor to shape doctoral education in the important emerging area of design and health. Faculty in U. Va's medical center, one of the nation's best, collaborate with Center participants on a regular basis.

To apply, complete a candidate profile at and electronically attach the following to posting 0613273:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Vitae
  3. Statement of Design and Health Philosophy (attach to Writing Sample 1)
  4. Contact information for three references - name, email and phone

Applications received on or before January 1, 2014 will be given priority consideration. This posting will close on February 15, 2014 (11:59 EST).

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

Daphne Spain, Search Committee Chair; 434-924-6430
School of Architecture
PO Box 400122
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@ should be directed to:
Tim Kelley, Departmental Assistant:

UVa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.