Faculty Affairs


The Associate Director for Faculty Affairs at the School of Design supports the Dean and the School by facilitating the recruitment, appointment, promotion, and retention of distinguished faculty. Faculty Affairs provides administrative support to our faculty by coordinating with the University Provost’s Office. This office manages academic appointments, promotion and tenure processes; provides oversight and guidance for Standing Committees of the School of Design; supports University initiatives to enhance faculty recruitment and retention; provides resources, policies, information, and operates with peer institutions on important initiatives for faculty.


Karyn Tufarolo, Associate Director for Faculty Affairs
Email: tufarolo@design.upenn.edu
Office Phone: 215.573.4123
Location: Meyerson Hall, Suite 102

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 Process

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 PennDesign Faculty Handbook.  Please note: specific questions should be directed to the PennDesign Associate Director for Faculty Affairs.

The Personnel Committee

The School of Design 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.

Penn Design Faculty Searches - Standing Faculty

Search, Fall 2018: Assistant or Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture (History/Theory/Design)

The Department of Landscape Architecture in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design is seeking applicants for a full-time position as an Assistant or Associate Professor, beginning in July 2019.

This position requires the ability to teach courses in landscape architectural theory and history with an emphasis on how these subjects translate into contemporary design culture. The Department is especially interested in candidates who demonstrate substantive engagement with theories and histories of ecology, urbanism, infrastructure and/or aesthetics in both their research and teaching. Candidates with qualifications and interest in teaching in design studios as well as theory and history subjects are of particular interest.

Theory and history teaching in the Department of Landscape Architecture will take the form of required lecture courses in the MLA program, and elective seminars open to the entire School of Design. There are also opportunities to train students at the PhD level. In addition to demonstrating effectiveness in teaching, successful applicants must also demonstrate a strong capacity for the production of scholarly work through a record of past publications and plans for future research.

This is a full-time appointment with responsibilities for teaching, research and administration. An appointment at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level is anticipated. The specific rank (assistant or associate professor, with or without tenure) of the successful candidate will be determined based on experience and qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a professionally accredited Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture or Architecture, or an accredited MFA in a relevant subject. A PhD is preferred, but not required. Applicants from outside the landscape architecture discipline are encouraged to apply.

Applicants should submit a one-page letter of interest that describes their overall research agenda and how they see their work fitting within the Department of Landscape Architecture at PennDesign. Applicants should also submit a personal statement describing their near- and long-term plans for research and scholarship; their teaching philosophy; and their teaching experience. In addition, applicants should provide a current CV; three writing samples (published or unpublished); examples of course syllabi (no more than three); the names and contact information for three references who will be contacted at a later date; and, if available, a portfolio of design work—either the candidate’s own work or work produced under the supervision of the candidate.

PennDesign 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 of theory and history. Applications from minority and women candidates are strongly encouraged.

Review of Applications will begin on November 26, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Candidate interviews are anticipated for late-January or early-February 2019. The position will begin on July 1, 2019 with the candidate expected to begin teaching in Fall 2019.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Pennsylvania Faculty Search System: http://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/1434