Faculty Affairs includes managing academic appointments, promotion and tenure processes; providing oversight and guidance for standing committees of the Weitzman School; coordinating University initiatives to enhance faculty recruitment and retention; and managing related resources, policies, and information regarding initiatives for faculty.
The faculty at the University of Pennsylvania is divided into several categories:
- Standing faculty
- Associated faculty
- Academic support staff
- Emeritus faculty
Each group has distinct privileges and responsibilities, and plays a unique and complimentary role in the academic life of the school. Separate criteria apply for appointments and review of faculty members in each category, reflecting differences in expectations and roles.
The Director for Faculty Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design works closely with the Dean, the Provost's Office, and the Weitzman Personnel Committee.
Director of Faculty Affairs,
& Online Learning Initiatives
University of Pennsylvania
Stuart Weitzman School of Design
Location: Meyerson Hall, Dean's Suite
Faculty personnel actions originate within the academic departments. The standing faculty of a department will review the required material for the action and vote upon all appointments, reappointments, promotions and permanent tenure proposals for standing faculty, professors of practice and associated faculty. Faculty actions follow policies from the Provost's Office and noted in the University of Pennsylvania Faculty Handbook as well as the Weitzman Faculty Handbook. Please note: specific questions should be directed to the Weitzman School Director for Faculty Affairs.
The Personnel Committee
The Weitzman Personnel Committee consists of five full professors, appointed by the Dean. The committee generally meets once a month to review personnel actions submitted by the Department Chairs. The Department Chairs present appointments, reappointments, promotions, and permanent tenure proposals to the Personnel Committee. The Committee reviews required documents and votes on the case; the Personnel Committee Chair will communicate the sentiment of the Committee and the reasons for its action in a letter to the Dean.
In favorable support of personnel actions, the Dean will write a letter of endorsement and the complete dossier is submitted to the Office of the Provost for consideration. The appropriate Provost’s Office Committee will review the action for preliminary University approval. In a favorable Provost’s Committee outcome, the action is submitted to the University Board of Trustees approval at a quarterly meeting.
Open Faculty Positions
Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, Department of Landscape Architecture
The Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a senior faculty position to guide the Department of Landscape Architecture as Chair, beginning July 2023. The preferred candidate will be tenurable at the rank of professor. This individual will be capable of providing exceptional leadership in advancing the field of landscape architecture while contributing to the visibility of the department. In addition to heading the department, the Chair will help to shape the strategic vision of the Weitzman School of Design in collaboration with the Dean, other department and program directors, and faculty.
Individuals with an established reputation of intellectual and design influence in the field of landscape architecture or related disciplines—as evidenced by a distinguished record of teaching, professional accomplishment, scholarship, and/or research—are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will bring vision, leadership, and presence to build upon the Department’s long-standing reputation, and will be an effective advocate for Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania in an increasingly complex domestic and international environment.The position of Chair will include responsibility for leadership in the Department of Landscape Architecture, as well as an ex officio position as Executive Director of the McHarg Center for Ecology and Urbanism, a research platform for standing faculty in the department. The Chair’s role in the McHarg Center will include liaising with the Center’s Director, its Board, and fundraising in support of the Center’s established agenda to support the work of standing faculty.The Weitzman School of Design is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Candidates are encouraged to describe how diverse, underrepresented, and global perspectives are incorporated into their teaching and practice. Applications from minority and women candidates are strongly encouraged. Complete details: https://apply.interfolio.com/96123
Chair and Professor, Department of Architecture
The Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a full-time, tenured professor to lead the Department of Architecture as Chair, beginning in July 2023.
The School seeks a dynamic chair with a clear vision for the future of the field, proven leadership abilities, and extensive academic administrative experience, who can contribute to the 21st Century strategic vision of the Weitzman School through collaboration with the Dean, other department and program leaders, faculty, students, and staff. Individuals with an established reputation, intellectual and design leadership in architecture and education as evidenced in a distinguished record of teaching, professional accomplishment, scholarship, and/or research, are encouraged to apply. The Department of Architecture aims to prepare leaders in design and scholarship who produce substantive impact around the world and are committed to building a discipline that better reflects the diversity of those communities.
The Weitzman School of Design seeks to build a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Candidates are encouraged to describe how diverse, underrepresented, and global perspectives are incorporated into their teaching, research, and practice. Applications from women and people of color are strongly encouraged.
Full position information and application instructions can be found here: https://apply.interfolio.com/103892
Assistant Professor, Architecture, History and Theory, Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture in the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design is seeking applicants for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position requires the ability to effectively teach courses in architecture history and theory, with an emphasis on both strong scholarship and the inclusion of diverse perspectives. Teaching history and theory in the Department of Architecture may take the form of required and elective courses in one or several of the following academic degree programs: undergraduate (B.A.), masters (MArch, MS, and MSD programs), or doctoral (Ph.D). Review of applications will begin in April 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Position will begin July 2023.
Full position information and application instructions can be found here: https://apply.interfolio.com/104209
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