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Posting Date:     July 14, 2014              Posting End Date:        Open Until Filled

Position:    Dean of Architecture and Construction Sciences

Location:  Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science

(This is a full-time position)

Tuskegee University is a national, independent, and state-related institution of higher learning that is located in the State of Alabama.  The University has distinctive strengths in the sciences, architecture, business, engineering, health, and other professions, all structured on solid foundations in the liberal arts.  Founded in 1881, The University is rooted in a history of successfully educating African Americans to understand themselves and their society against the background of their total cultural heritage and the promise of their individual and collective future.  Today, the 3,000-student campus encompasses approximately 70 buildings on 5, 000 acres, which includes the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site.  The university actively invites a diversity of talented students, staff, and faculty from all racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds to participate in this educational enterprise.

Tuskegee University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean, Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science.   The  Robert R. Taylor  School  of  Architecture  and  Construction  Science,  through  its departments, follow the founding policy of Tuskegee University- "Learning to do by doing.  Although both departments originated in trade and vocational training in 1892, the present mission is to develop competent professionals capable of solving the complex problems of today and tomorrow.

The Department of Architecture provides training in the art and science of architectural design Its broadly based curriculum is structured as a two plus three year program,  including course offerings in architectural design, building technology, architectural practice, urban planning, and the history and theory of architecture. The Department of Construction Science provides training in construction project management.  The curriculum can be completed in four years and includes courses in general studies and physical sciences, construction principles and sustainability, surveying, project controls, computer applications and business.

The Architecture and Construction Science and Management programs prepare professionals who are capable of playing an active role in rebuilding our cities and towns so they may become truly meaningful places for all people to work and live. These programs endeavor to develop professionals with an appreciation for the humanistic (social, psychological and physical) aspects of a building problem, as well as other factors such as health, safety, and economic feasibility.

Position Description

The  Dean  is  the  academic  officer  immediately responsible  for  the  operations  of  the  Robert  R.  Taylor School of

Architecture and Construction Science and reports to the Provost.

As essential duties, the dean is responsible for providing leadership for the following specific activities:

    Faculty Appointments and Development - inclusive of recruitment, appointment, reappointment, promotion and tenure, annual faculty evaluations and faculty professional development;

    Budgetary and  Administrative Oversight - preparation and  management of  the  school's  annual  budget  in adherence with university business and fiscal guidelines and policies, the acquisition and strategic deployment of extramurally generated funds in support of the architecture and construction science education and research programs, and the allocation of academic facilities/resources and stewardship of the school's physical facilities;

    Leadership and Management - includes the elaboration of the vision, strategic directions, implementation processes and annually-employed improvement activities necessary to consequentially promote the progression toward program excellence;

    Resource Development - leadership of the school-specific fundraising activity, inclusive of donor relations and effective representation of the college to external constituents; and

  • Campus Partnerships - exploration and management of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations with other university colleges/schools, university administrative offices, and architecture/construction industry entities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Architecture or related fields such as: Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Preservation, Planning, Project Management, Construction Engineering Management, etc.
  • Architecture Licensure and/or Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification in Architecture,
  • Record of scholarly achievement in the academic community

Required Credentials, Experience, and Skills:

  • Minimum 10 years of combined experience in the profession including construction administration experience and/or teaching at the college level
  • Minimum 3 years teaching in a NAAB-accredited architecture program or ACCE-accredited construction/Building Science program
  • Minimum 1 year experience in academic administration position- e. g. department head, chair or higher position
  • Ability to harness and manage financial resources - including fundraising and grants
  • Demonstrated organizational and team building skills- fostering productive relationships among students, faculty, alumni and local and national professionals
  • Distinguished record of service and leadership in the architecture profession

Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD Degree in Architecture, or related field such as: Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Preservation, Planning, Project Management, Construction Engineering Management, etc.


Commensurate with training, experience and University Compensation Plan

**The statements contained in this job announcement reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility.  It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  **

Application:  Review of nominations and application materials will begin immediately. For best consideration, application materials should be submitted by September 15, 2014.  A nomination letter should include the nominee’s name, position of interest, address, telephone number and email address. An application should include:  a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements; a resume or curriculum vitae; and the names of five professional references with titles, addresses, telephone number, and email addresses. All material should be submitted electronically via MS Word or PDF attachments (email) to bjohnson@mytu.tuskegee.edu; Please include a cc copy to Nikita Payne, interim Human Resources Director, npayne@mytu.tuskegee.edu . All paper-based materials should be mailed to:

Tuskegee University

ATTN: President’s Office/Dean of Architecture and Construction Science

Kresge Administration Building

Tuskegee, AL 36088

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer-Male Female Veteran Disabled

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