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Chair of the Department of Architecture

Job Summary

The Department of Architecture at Judson University seeks a new Chair to lead its B.A.A.S. and accredited M.Arch. programs starting in Summer of 2021. Position may be available during the 2020-2021 AY if the applicant if available sooner. The new Chair will have the opportunity to provide vision to enhance the established excellence of our programs, support new programmatic initiatives, cultivate the faculty, serve student learning, align the work of the programs with the University’s new strategic plan, and ensure its continued identity within an ethos of Christian education. The Chair will be supported by an Assistant Chair and an administrative assistant.

The new Chair is expected to have demonstrated credentials in an academic and/or professional environment commensurate to appointment at the rank of associate or full professor. Depending upon academic objectives, the Chair may seek tenured status for the academic appointment, although the administrative appointment is non-tenurable.

Judson’s programs in architecture draw from, and contribute to, the University’s tradition of Christian education within a liberal arts framework. Faculty and staff are expected to evince their faith within classrooms and studios and in all interpersonal relationships across the campus. Distinctive characteristics of the program include embracing a full and diverse gamut of architectural precedent, a four-week study abroad experience in the third year of the B.A.A.S., and a one-year preceptorship built into the M.Arch. curriculum.

Founded in 1997, the Department of Architecture achieved initial accreditation in 2004 and will have its next affirmation of accreditation review by the NAAB in AY 2021. Housed in a LEED Gold-certified building with the Department of Art and Design and adjacent to the University library, the architecture curricula are taught in dedicated classrooms and studio space, with a fabrications laboratory and woodshop in the building. Judson University is situated in Elgin, with easy access by train or highway to Chicago, just 40 miles to the east. Learn more about the Architecture Program here: and here:

Leadership Characteristics

The new Chair isexpected to work collaboratively with Departmental faculty and staff and to participate in and model values of shared governance while shaping and encouraging a vision that will launch the programs through the next twenty years. The Chair will recognize the opportunities of the programs, the faculty, and location, while addressing demographic changes and challenges to higher education generally.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Support the University’s Mission Statement and Educational Goals (see: )
  • Set Departmental goals that are aligned with the University mission and result from faculty collaboration
  • Recruit, mentor and maintain adjunct faculty
  • Articulate clear pedagogical objectives for themselves and the Department as a whole
  • Coordinate with campus-wide offices to magnify efforts for student recruitment and retention
  • Inspire and maintain a collegial atmosphere
  • Create and sustain relationships between the programs and architecture firms (both local and across the country
  • Advocate for programs to University administration
  • Oversee the Department budget
  • Coordinate with the Advancement Office on behalf of fundraising initiatives
  • Work with the Department’s Advisory Board to advance the programs
  • Enhance relations among program alumni
  • Facilitate the matriculation of transfer students
  • Coordinate lecture series and annual symposia
  • Fulfill responsibilities of advising (normally for transfer students) and regular committee assignments (at least one policy committee)
  • Teach in their area of disciplinary expertise (e.g., building science, history/theory, design)
  • Perform all other institutional duties as assigned by Associate Provost and Provost

Preferred qualifications are:

  • Educational credentialing of an earned M.Arch. or equivalent
  • Professional licensure or substantial body of research and understanding of licensure requirements and professional architecture culture
  • Experience in higher education (or a professional architecture setting) that fulfills requirements of hiring at the level of associate or full professor
  • Understanding of, and ideally experience with, the NAAB accreditation process
  • Skills as a facilitator of student learning who understands contemporary issues in science of learning
  • Strengths in administration, including nurturing a collaborative environment with faculty that includes recruitment, mentoring, and retention
  • Capacity for developing new programs, especially certificates and at the graduate level

Rank and salary based on qualifications, education, and work experience.

Contact Information

Complete applications will include, as a single PDF:

  • Letter of intent that outlines qualifications and capacity to meet the “Requirements and Responsibilities” listed above
  • Statement on the influence of faith commitment in leadership style
  • Faculty application
  • Curriculum vitae, and
  • Unofficial transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate work (official transcripts will be required upon hiring) and
  • A small sample of creative or scholarly work (the committee will request more expansive portfolios from candidates who advance in the search process)

Please send questions about the position, nominations and applications to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. A. Gillian Stewart-Wells ( ), copying the Provost’s Executive Assistant, Christina Watson ( ).


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate is appointed.

About Judson University

Judson University is a Christian institution representing the Church at work in higher education. Its campus is located along the picturesque Fox River in the city of Elgin just 45 miles northwest of Chicago, Judson is home to over 1,200 students from 36 states and 26 countries. We offer more than 50 undergraduate majors, minors, and pre-professional programs; 7 master’s degrees and one doctoral program.

The Architecture and Interior Design programs are housed in the Harm A. Weber Academic center, a LEED Gold certified building where students explore architecture, interior design, art and design with an engaged and passionate faculty. The program offers a B.A. in Architectural Studies, a B.A. in Interior Design with an Architectural Studies minor, and a NAAB accredited Master of Architecture degree. The program features a one-year practicum/preceptorship and a study-away tour.

The faculty of the programs of Architecture and Interior Design is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and inclusive community committed to teaching, learning and working in an environment that values diversity of thought and approach within our faith context and its unique mission. We strongly encourage applications from people of color and women.

Judson University has an established policy of equal academic and employment opportunity. This policy is applied to all qualified students, employees, and applicants for admission or employment, in all University programs and activities, without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or military or veteran status.

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