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
University of Pennsylvania
Stuart Weitzman School of Design
Location: Meyerson Hall, Dean's Suite
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
Full-time faculty position: Lecturer, Fine Arts
The Department of Fine Arts at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design seeks a candidate to teach courses in animation and foundation design courses. The teaching load of this full-time lecturer rank, five sections per academic year, would be considered a full-time position and will be eligible for benefits. Full position information here: https://apply.interfolio.com/125743
Professor or Associate Professor of Practice, Landscape Architecture
The Department of Landscape Architecture at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, seeks a distinguished practitioner who is actively engaged in landscape architectural practice to join our faculty as a Professor (or Associate Professor) of Practice, Landscape Architecture.
The preferred candidate should have an international reputation in the profession of landscape architecture, including significant built works in the urban public realm. Candidates should also have graduate-level teaching experience and a commitment to collaborative studio and workshop-based educational models. We seek candidates who demonstrate a commitment to advancing the profession of landscape architecture while working collaboratively across disciplines. Those who seek to advance the design of equitable public space through their professional work are particularly encouraged to apply.
The ranks of Associate Professor of Practice and Professor of Practice are reserved for distinguished professionals who wish to combine education and practice. They bring their understanding of practice to the school and may use their teaching as a way of exploring new ideas and theories. This position is a three to five-year term, and can be renewed. It is not tenure-track or tenure-eligible. Teaching requirements may vary from half-time (usually one semester-long design studio per year) to a maximum of three-fourths time. Professors of Practice are also expected to participate in school events, reviews, symposia, and other programs at the Weitzman School of Design.
For complete details and application instructions: https://apply.interfolio.com/129117
Assistant or Associate Professor, History and Theory of Landscape Architecture
The Department of Landscape Architecture at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania, welcomes highly qualified individuals to apply for an Assistant or Associate Professor position to offer graduate-level instruction in the area of the history and theory of landscape architecture. Scholars whose research and teaching addresses the topics of landscape and the environment though urban histories and ecologies; the histories of race, ethnicity, and colonialism as they relate to the landscape; the history of the natural sciences; emergent histories of plant humanities; circular ecologies and discard studies; the histories of gender, labor, and the environment; and/or the complexities of cultural landscapes are particularly welcome to apply. This position is a full-time tenure-track or tenured appointment at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level, with responsibilities for teaching, research, and administration, including engaged participation within the school’s design curriculum as a critic. The specific rank of the successful candidate will be determined based on experience and qualifications.
The successful candidate will be expected to teach graduate lecture and seminar courses in landscape architectural history and theory, including courses in areas of specialization that reflect the candidate’s research. Teaching will include required theory courses in the Department of Landscape Architecture and elective seminars open to the entire Weitzman School of Design. In addition to demonstrating effectiveness in teaching, successful applicants must provide evidence of a strong capacity for the production of scholarly work through a record of past publications and plans for future research. The position may also include the advising of PhD students in the Weitzman School’s cross-disciplinary areas. We also welcome the new faculty member to participate in the various research centers located at the School and University, particularly the Department of Landscape Architecture’s McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology.
For complete details and application instructions: https://apply.interfolio.com/128595
Professor or Associate Professor of Practice, Historic Preservation
The Department of Historic Preservation in the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania seeks a distinguished practitioner at the level of Professor or Associate Professor of Practice who is actively engaged in professional design activities in the context of the historical environment to help impact the next phase of our department. The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in preservation design, playing an active role in the pedagogy of the program’s preservation design concentration and its curriculum, including studio. In addition, the candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: Building Rehabilitation, Urban Conservation; Construction/Material Culture; Climate/Sustainability. Teaching responsibilities will involve required design studio courses for students in the MSHP and post-professional MSD-Historic Preservation programs. Additionally, the successful candidate may offer lecture courses and research-based seminars in their area of expertise to students across the professional, and post-professional tracts. The candidates are expected to regularly engage with students and faculty through thesis advising, guest critiques, and project reviews. Candidates should be creative designers who show promise of an innovative approach with contributions to the field. Candidates should also demonstrate investment in design scholarship and in critical and creative studio pedagogy, particularly with respect to teaching foundational design.
Practice positions are reserved for distinguished professionals who wish to combine education and practice. These positions bring knowledge developed in practice and apply teaching as a way of exploring ideas and theories more freely than practice assignments permit. Practitioners should be recognized in their field and seek to develop educational opportunities that expose students to the leading edge of their particular fields. Appointments of practitioner educators offer multi-year security and are renewable. The appointment(s) is expected to start in Fall of 2024.
Complete details and application instructions can be found here: https://apply.interfolio.com/127535
Assistant Professor, Quantitative Methods in Urban Planning
The Department of City & Regional Planning at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty position in Quantitative Methods in Urban Planning. This position is a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level with responsibilities for teaching, research, and service. We seek applicants who are scholars and educators focused on the use and application of practical, innovative, quantitative methods in urban planning, in at least one of the three areas in urban planning practice: Transportation and Infrastructure; Sustainability, Environment, and Climate Change; and/or Public Health and Safety. Full position info here: https://apply.interfolio.com/127705
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