Wentworth Institute of Technology — Associate Dean for the School of Architecture and Design


Wentworth Institute of Technology is seeking applicants interested in joining the Wentworth community as an Associate Dean for the School of Architecture and Design. Reporting directly to the Dean, the Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Design will support the Dean in the overall administration of the school with particular attention to student success and affairs, undergraduate programs and design curriculum development, internal and external assessment, and experiential learning.

This position requires a collaborative visionary leader to harness the school’s potential for the growth of its existing programs as well as lead in the development of new programs and initiatives. The successful candidate will assist with accreditation for the professional design degrees, facilitate faculty scholarship initiatives, and represent the school as an active participant on appropriate University committees. The Associate Dean will also serve as a conduit for communication between the Dean’s office, laboratory staff, and University offices. The position requires a creative and collegial leader who has interpersonal skills that demonstrate a high level of professionalism with the ability to communicate the School’s mission and vision with faculty, staff, and students. In addition to the administrative duties, the candidate will teach up to two courses per academic year in their area of expertise.

Wentworth’s School of Architecture and Design offers highly respected programs in Architecture (BS and M.Arch I, II, and III – NAAB accredited), Industrial Design (BS – NASAD accredited), and Interior Design (BS – CIDA accredited). The School’s mission is to challenge and guide students of diverse backgrounds to become innovative design thinkers and leaders in their own fields. The School guides students to engage locally and globally, to explore advanced technologies, to collaborate within and across disciplines, to gain industry experience via the Cooperative Education Program, and to learn to design sustainably and equitably. The School of Architecture and Design comprises approximately 705 undergraduate students, 84 graduate students, 30 full-time faculty, 65 adjunct faculty, and 5 full-time staff. The School has 30+ full-time faculty and staff and serves approximately 800 students. Adjacently, the School has dedicated advisors in the new Success Studio and the Center for Cooperative Education and Career Development. The Dean’s office includes two associate deans, an operations manager, a Director of Labs, and academic coordinators.

In June 2019, Dr. Mark Thompson became Wentworth’s fifth President and has since articulated a strategic focus on diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, high-value learning, transformational student experience, and next-generation partnerships. In September 2021, Dr. Sedef Doganer became the Dean of the School of Architecture and Design, one of five recently restructured schools at Wentworth, with a strong commitment to recruit and retain students with diverse backgrounds, foster a vibrant design community and learning environment for faculty and students, and build on and expand current government, community, industry, and alumni partnerships.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in design related fields.
  • Established record as an exceptional teacher and scholar or comparable professional achievement meriting the rank of an associate or full professor
  • 3+ years academic administration experience in design-related fields

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Professional Experience
  • Multidisciplinary design education especially in Interior Design, Industrial Design, Product Design, or Architecture 
  • Established record of working across academic or disciplinary design units and programs
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accreditation standards in the design fields
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, and time-management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with professional discretion and judgment.
  • Demonstrated support for traditional and emergent technologies and the development of innovative, future-oriented curricula
  • Strong organizational skills to balance multiple and simultaneous priorities
  • Interest in student, faculty, and staff well-being / collegiality
  • Interpersonal skills that indicate a high level of professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, and personal accountability
  • Written, verbal and visual communication with the ability to communicate effectively with all components of the university and external constituents 
  • Experience with working with diverse communities, government agencies, foundations and non-profit organizations, and the ability to acquire/coordinate acquisition of external funding.

Inclusive Excellence at Wentworth:
Wentworth Institute of Technology is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all University programs and activities. The University does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity, veteran status or any other category protected by law. All qualified applicants will receive consideration.

To find out more about the Wentworth’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, please visit the website https://wit.edu/about/diversity.

All applicants have the right to accessibility support and accommodations. To request accessibility support or accommodations, contact the Executive Director of Equity and Compliance, Catlin Wells, at wellsc1@wit.edu.

How to Apply:
Interested applicants should apply at https://jobs.wit.eduPlease submit the required documents.

Applicants should provide their curriculum vitae, a cover letter, a statement detailing the applicant’s teaching, scholarship, and service/leadership, a statement discussing the applicant’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and a portfolio with teaching, research, and design work.

The review of applications begins on April 30, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is expected to be filled for Fall 2022.

For more information, contact Dean Sedef Doganer at doganers@wit.edu.