Pennsylvania State University — Architecture Department Head

Architecture Department Head

The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State seeks an experienced and collaborative leader for the Department of Architecture. The Department Head must be an adept and empathetic administrator with an active research or creative practice that contributes to the mission of the department and to the life of the Stuckeman School.

The faculty, staff, and students of the Stuckeman School are working to establish a culture of anti-racism and anti-oppression that embraces individual identities, fosters a culture of inclusion, and promotes equity through curricula, values, standards, ideals, policies and practices. The ideal candidate will provide evidence of their experience with, and interest in, contributing to these goals.

The Department

The mission of the architecture department is to serve as a leading national and international studio-centered program that is responsive to the most important social, environmental, technological, and cultural challenges of the twenty-first century, and to achieve excellence in teaching, research, design, outreach, advising, and service to society. In support of this mission, the department aims to:

  • Educate undergraduate and graduate students in the discipline of architecture and to prepare them for a life of creative engagement and personal fulfillment in the practice of architecture, research and inquiry in architecture and the ability to contribute new knowledge to the discipline and related fields through the PhD program
  • Encourage the production of exemplary works of architectural design, theory, critical analysis, and research in a studio-centered research environment
  • Increase the cultural, religious, ethnic, and gender diversity in the student body, the faculty and in the curricular subject matter
  • Provide an educational environment that encourages the cross-fertilization of knowledge from all of the arts and sciences, where students and teachers are motivated to participate in the most urgent contemporary social, cultural, and environmental issues
  • Educate in the areas of ethical behavior, critical thinking, research inquiry, creative practice, life-long learning, and service to society
  • Develop a teaching/learning environment that encourages collaboration and teamwork, as well as individual research and creative activity
  • Serve the regional area, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the nation, and the international community by increasing public awareness of architecture

The Department of Architecture at Penn State has a very successful undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture program with significant international reputation and a long history. Over the last ten years, the department has successfully expanded graduate education and faculty research. Creative practice, research and scholarship are flourishing with outcomes including numerous exhibitions, competitions, symposia, design build projects, research and scholarship that have received national and international recognition. For more information on our department and our context, explore the following website:


  • Day to day administration of a complex department. The department leadership team includes an associate department head of graduate programs, and an assistant department head of administration
  • Recruit faculty to contribute to the department's initiatives through tenure and non-tenure track roles. Manage the promotion and review process for faculty including annual assessments and post tenure reviews
  • Maintain program accreditation and support and develop the curricular initiatives for professional education and design research; support and develop graduate education
  • Support and promote faculty development, research, creative work and scholarship in a research-intensive university setting
  • Provide fiscal management in a public institution setting; work collaboratively with the school's financial officer
  • Engage the school leadership team and support the development of school's research centers and facilities; support the development of a multi-disciplinary school culture
  • Engage with the office of Advancement to develop opportunities for student scholarships and research funding
  • Maintain a research agenda or creative practice


The successful candidate will have qualifications meriting appointment at the rank of full professor in a tenured or a professor of practice line and will demonstrate the skills of a collegial leader. The successful candidate will have teaching and/or administrative experience with both professional degree education, and research-based graduate programs. A successful record of administrative leadership and demonstrated experience in strategic planning, budget planning and management, and personnel management that includes the promotion and tenure process are required. The candidate must demonstrate experience and knowledge of issues relevant to higher education and collaborative multi-disciplinary experience. Evidence of equitable considerations, awareness, and practice with regard to twenty-first century curricula development, inclusive practices in developing diverse student bodies, staff, and faculty membership, along with evidence of working collectively to cultivate a culture that supports success and enables all members of a college community to thrive is required.

Candidates must hold a terminal degree in architecture or a related discipline. Candidates may hold several degrees, however at least one degree must be in architecture. The candidate must also demonstrate a record of scholarly/creative achievement and/or professional work that contributes to the mission of the department and the life of the school. Applicants holding a PhD are strongly encouraged to apply.

Terms of Appointment
This is a 100% FTE, 10-month faculty appointment which reports to the School Director and the Dean. The expectation is that the department head will serve an initial term of five years with the possibility of continued appointment after that time. In addition to annual evaluations, the Department Head's performance will be reviewed in depth every five years. The selected incumbent must meet all employment, background check, and U.S. work authorization requirements at the time of hire.


To apply upload a letter of application and please address how your experiences and leadership practice will prepare you for the department head's responsibilities, and contribute to the mission of the department and the life of the school. Also, address in your cover letter how equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging relate to your leadership experience. Please include the names and contact information of three references, a full curriculum vitae and samples of work in your application. For questions, contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. David Frego at For full consideration, submissions must be received by January 3rd, 2022, however the review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The Stuckeman School

The department of Architecture includes approximately 40 fulltime and part time faculty, and 286 undergraduate and 71 graduate students pursuing B. Arch., M. Arch, M.S., and Ph.D. degrees and is housed in the Stuckeman School with the departments of Landscape Architecture and Graphic Design. The department is one of seven academic units in the College of Arts and Architecture that also includes disciplines in the performing arts and visual arts. The Stuckeman School provides shared administrative support to the department and maintains digital and analog fabrication shops and technology resources across sa tate-of-the-art LEED facility. The endowments in the Stuckeman school include several Chairs and Professorships for full professors, as well as a Career Development Professor in Design for early-career faculty, and two large grant programs provide early- or mid-career faculty significant opportunities for professional development. The endowments also provide generous funding for faculty research, faculty travel, visiting critics, lectures and exhibitions, research assistants, and course enhancement funds. As well, the school's endowments support two active research centers: the Hamer Center for Community Design and the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing.

The University

Founded in 1855, Penn State is a multi-campus, land grant, public research university that educates students from around the world and supports individuals and communities through integrated programs of teaching, research, and service. With over $800 million in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 20 U. S. research universities. “Advancing the Arts and Humanities” and “Stewarding our Planet's Resources” are two of five thematic priorities relevant to our department in the University's 2016-2025 Strategic Plan (

As a land grant university, Penn State is responsible for providing a wide array of programs in the professional and technical disciplines, as well as a balanced offering of undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences. Recently the provost established and funds multi-disciplinary research institutes offering unique opportunities. The University Park campus is located within State College, PA, which was recently ranked number 5 in a ranking of top college towns by the American Institute for Economic Research, and number 15 in a ranking of the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise. Located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined will all the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring, and is within drivable distance from New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.