University of Michigan — Dean, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

The University of Michigan seeks nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (Taubman).

Taubman faculty, students, and staff seek to transform the built environment for the better. The College’s two programs – Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning – prepare graduates for positions of responsibility within a spectrum of professions, organizations, government agencies, and institutions. Taubman faculty and students study design, policy, professional training, and theory in a variety of areas. They serve the community through outreach and partnerships, locally and globally.

The College offers students a complement of degree programs: pre-professional (Bachelor of Science in Architecture); professional (Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Planning); post-professional (Master of Science in Architecture and Master of Urban Design); and Ph.D. (in Architecture or Urban and Regional Planning). The professional M.Arch. and M.U.P. programs are among the largest in the country. Committed and energetic faculty, staff, and students form a diverse, creative, and collaborative community within the University of Michigan, one of the world’s top research universities.

The University of Michigan seeks a Dean who, working with the Taubman community, will enhance our national and international standing and set a strategic vision and priorities. The Dean is the chief academic and executive officer and reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean represents the College within the University and among a wide range of external constituencies.

Candidates will have a professional degree in architecture, urban planning, or urban design, or an earned doctoral or equivalent terminal degree in a field relevant to those three areas, as well as a distinguished record of research, creative work, and/or significant professional activity, appropriate for appointment as full professor with tenure. The University is dedicated to building a diverse and pluralistic community committed to excellence in teaching and learning in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply. Qualifications include a record of excellence in teaching and mentoring, proven leadership and management ability, experience in administration within a large organization, understanding of budget processes, interest in and commitment to fundraising, and demonstrated commitment to diversity. The successful candidate will be creative, collaborative, and supportive of the two academic programs and their degrees, and will excel at communicating with diverse audiences to foster an inclusive and open intellectual and professional culture conducive to multidisciplinary learning and teaching.

Nominations and applications will be reviewed beginning September 2016, and will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the leadership profile. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be treated in a confidential manner and should be submitted electronically to the retained consultants, Sheryl Ash, Sean Farrell, and Natalie Leonhard at The consultants can be reached at 617.262.6500.

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.