Florida International University — Associate Professor, Architecture and Public Humanities

Florida International University is Miami’s public research university. FIU is focused on student success. According to U.S. News and World Report, FIU has 35 programs in the top 100 in the nation among public universities, including 15 in the top 50. FIU is a top U.S. research university with more than $200 million in annual expenditures and is designated as an “Emerging Preeminent State Research University” by the Florida Board of Governors. FIU ranks 15th in the nation among public universities for patent production, which drives innovation, and is one of  the institutions that helps make Florida the top state for higher education. The Next Horizon fundraising campaign is furthering FIU’s commitment to providing students Worlds Ahead opportunities. Today FIU has two campuses and multiple centers, and supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA, with more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. The university has awarded more than 330,000 degrees to many leaders in South Florida and beyond. For more information about FIU, visit www.fiu.edu.

Associate Professor Architecture and Public Humanities

About the FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts
The FIU College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) provides students with the distinct experience of working closely with an award-winning faculty in nationally ranked accredited programs in the heart of Miami, North Miami, Miami Beach, and Wynwood—four of the country’s most vibrant, diverse, and creative cities. CARTA emphasizes experiential learning, where students learn by doing through art and design studios, performances and productions, a student-run communication agency, and student news bureaus in Miami, New York City and Washington DC.  Focused on its engaged mission of driving the information, innovation, and cultural economy of South Florida and beyond, CARTA is committed to a trans-disciplinary, experiential learning curriculum that prepares graduates for meaningful careers and leadership in their chosen professions.

About the FIU Department of Architecture and School of Architecture 

Within the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, the Department of Architecture resides in the School of School of Architecture with the Department of Interior Architecture and Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental Urban Design. All three departments share a rich history of interdisciplinary design and research collaboration. With over 450 students, the Department of Architecture educates students in the profession of architecture to become thoughtful practitioners and critical thinkers. Students arrive at various points in their educational careers—as freshmen, as third-year transfer students, and as graduate students to pursue an accredited, professional Master of Architecture degree. The department also offers a post-professional Master of Arts in Architecture in which students have opportunities to teach, research, and explore independent topics in close collaboration with our full-time faculty. 

The School of Architecture facilities are located in the award-wining Paul L. Cejas School of Architecture Building designed by Bernard Tschumi, which includes the Fabrication, Robotics and Digital Fabrication, and Structural and Environmental Technologies Labs. Additional facilities include the Miami Beach Urban Studios that houses the new 3D printing technologies of the CARTA Innovation Lab. Our faculty is engaged in a wide range of research and creative activities in sustainability and climate change, urbanism, affordable housing, green building automation, innovative teaching techniques, culture and history of global modernism, performative scripting, digital fabrication and architectural installations. To enhance student learning and support faculty research, the Department offers a diverse range of study abroad programs. For more information about Architecture at FIU, visit http://carta.fiu.edu/architecture/

About the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab
The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL) serves as an umbrella for all Humanities-related activities on campus. Its mission includes facilitating interdisciplinary research and teaching in humanities and related fields (including the arts), and working with the three FIU museums (Wolfsonian-FIU, Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, and the Jewish Museum of South Florida), and hosting an annual Humanities Festival.

The Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab imagines a new, synergistic hub for the humanities at FIU that is firmly rooted in the Wolfsonian’s world-class art and design collection. Bringing together humanities departments across  campus, the WPHL cements FIU’s position on the vanguard of academia by creating an integrative research center, teaching lab, and degree program dedicated to a pioneering field now emerging at top universities across the country: public humanities. This position is part of an interdisciplinary group hire, designed to build the program.

About FIU By Design

FIU By Design is a service unit within the Department of Architecture in College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) at Florida International University. Its mission is to enhance our faculty and students’ success by serving as an innovative solution center that provides consulting services. Through real-world experiential-learning opportunities, our faculty and expert professionals align our pedagogy with project deliverables for a wide range of clients and organizations. FIU By Design provides opportunities for exceptional students to work shoulder-to-shoulder with our faculty, partners, and clients to gain meaningful learning experiences while contributing to our community’s development.

Position Description
The Department of Architecture in the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts and the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab at Florida International University invite applications for a 9-month, tenured position at the Associate Professor level. The successful candidate will be conducting research and teaching at the graduate level and will need a proven track record of academic teaching, research experience and or significant relevant professional experience and accomplishments. 

Over the past decade, The Department of Architecture has engaged in teaching, research and design of sustainable and resilient built environments. Furthermore, the faculty has taken significant steps in embedding climate change issues deeply into the architecture curriculum. These efforts have led to classes and design studios that investigate issues ranging from the role of housing and urbanism in creating sustainable cities to using technology for enhancing buildings’ performance. Consequently, the design of sustainable and resilient environments has become one of the research focus areas for our faculty.

Building on these accomplishments, the Architecture Department is partnering with the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab to build a more holistic approach to design and sustainability. Our intention is to integrate economic, social, and cultural dimensions of human experience more explicitly into the process of design. This partnership supports and expands the department’s community engagement initiative, FIU by Design. 

This position requires teaching, research, grant writing and community engagement split equally between the Department of the Architecture and the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab.

For the Department of Architecture, the individual will teach design studios and seminars in conjunction with FIU By Design with a focus on community-based design, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, public service projects and sustainability of environment. Opportunities are also available in the form of inter-disciplinary initiatives with the Departments of Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture + Environmental Urban Design in School of Architecture and its emerging technologies for documenting, conserving and interpreting important cultural sites and environments.  

For the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab, the person in this position will work with the Humanities Lab Director and colleagues across campus to initiate and integrate humanities and public-facing projects within the broader university and beyond.

Successful applicants must hold a professional degree in architecture and either a professional license or a PhD/doctoral degree.  Licensure may be international.  Applicants should have a record of previous graduate teaching and a track record of distinguished architectural practice, research and community engagement.  Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 520058  at  facultycareers.fiu.edu and to append the following as individual attachments:

Letter of interest (maximum two pages) that summarizes the candidate’s background and teaching, research and service objectives.

Curriculum vitae.

Portfolio of relevant teaching, professional, and research/scholarly work in PDF format not to exceed 10MB.

Names and contact information of three references. They will be contacted if the applicant is shortlisted or as determined by the search committee.

Direct any questions to Gray Read, Chair of the Search Committee, via email at: readg@fiu.edu.  For full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by January 13, 2020.  Review will continue until the position is filled.

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.