University of Utah, Dean, College of Architecture + Planning; submit applications by 31 December 2013

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Reference: JOB36744
Application deadline: CLOSED

The University of Utah is conducting a search for a dynamic leader to serve as Dean of the College of Architecture + Planning. The College is home to the School of Architecture, the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, and the Multi-disciplinary Design program as well as several research centers. CA+P is currently comprised of 200 architecture students, 145 city and metropolitan planning students, 25 real estate development students, 17 design major and 47 design minor students, 24 full-time and 20 part-time faculty, and 8 full-time staff. In addition to its academic majors and graduate programs, the College provides these complementary programs available to all students: an undergraduate honors program, a multi-disciplinary design minor, and graduate certificate programs in historic preservation, real estate, urban design and urban planning.

To continue a trajectory of growth and expansion, the University of Utah and the CA+P is seeking a passionate, innovative, collaborative and responsive individual who enthusiastically welcomes the prospect of leading the college as it gains increasing prominence on the national and global stage. Specifically, we search for a Dean who will:

  1. Convene a collective process with college, university and community stakeholders to articulate a bold vision for the college and its role in the local and global economic, social and environmental context, short and long term
  2. Strengthen and expand the bridges between faculty and students within the college as a healthy, creative, productive, and thriving academic environment; honor and maximize the skills and abilities of the members of our community
  3. Facilitate relationships between the college personnel and external bodies, creating, fostering, networking and negotiating opportunities beyond the university
  4. Contribute to and be a strong advocate in the community for the college, its values of sustainability in the built environment, and excellence in architecture and urban design
  5. Advocate for a plan that achieves the needed upgrades to the current college building, faculty and staff and fund raising to implement that plan; and, be an important advocate for what is planned and built at the university campus
  6. Respond to the critical problems of our time by convening efforts to address pedagogical and institutional responses to climate change, and air and water quality challenges at multiple scales.


The University of Utah seeks a candidate with a distinguished portfolio of professional practice in architecture, planning, and/or design; or distinguished record of theoretical scholarship/research that supports the emerging strengths of the college. The candidate must be an able administrator and fundraiser with passion, vision, and the skills to lead the college through the challenges and opportunities of the next era. Past experience should demonstrate leadership, management, budgetary oversight, mentoring, and interpersonal awareness. Candidates should have a terminal degree in a discipline or related discipline represented in the College.

Please submit the following via the link listed below by December 31, 2013: Curriculum vita, five professional references, letter of intent. Candidates who are invited to campus will be asked to provide a portfolio of creative or scholarly work.

About the College:

The College of Architecture + Planning's mission is to facilitate an educational community of students, faculty, and staff with interests and expertise in creative design, building, planning, computer technology, issues of social and ecological responsibility, and the scholarly study of the history and theory of the built landscape. The College educates future professionals who are concerned with constructing and maintaining the highest quality in our built and natural environments.

Since 1951, The College's School of Architecture has been the only architecture school in Utah. The College is home to the only NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture degree in Utah. Its Masters of City and Metropolitan Planning degree is the only one among the Northern Rocky Mountain states; it was accredited in 2010. Some key achievements of the College include:

  • The College has ranked second nationally on pass rates for the Architectural Registration Exam (ARE) for the last four years.
  • In 2009, 6 faculty members received design awards.
  • Between 2008-2010, 11 full-time faculty (50%) have had or will have books published, compared to 15% nationally in five years among Research 1 universities.
  • According to Academic Analytics, the MCMP program is the highest-ranked academic program among the University’s main campus graduate degrees.
  • The Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design ranks among the top 5 national in key metrics also according to Academic Analytics.
  • In 2009, the College assisted 19 non-profit organizations or cities with design and planning.
  • 200% growth in graduate degrees awarded between 2003 and 2009.
  • 50% growth in undergraduate degrees awarded between 2003 and 2009.
  • 35% growth in full-time faculty.
  • 2000% growth in research funding between 2003 and 2009.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans preference. Reasonable accommodations provided. For additional information:

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a (strong or demonstrated) commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Link to Apply by December 31, 2013: