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2024 Architecture Assistant Professor / Lecturer

Employer
WENZHOU - KEAN UNIVERSITY
Location
Wenzhou, China
Closing date
31 May 2024

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About Wenzhou-Kean University

School of Public Architecture at Michael Graves College invites new applications for tenure-track Assistant Professor and Lecturer as we continue expanding and growing our program. This is an exciting opportunity to shape a newly inaugurated and developing architecture program in Wenzhou, China. Candidates with proven track records of teaching and service in Asia are highly encouraged to apply.

Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU), located in Wenzhou, China, one of three Sino-American universities along with NYU Shanghai and Duke Kunshan University, is approved by the Ministry of Education of China. Launched in 2012, WKU offers a unique model of higher education in partnership with Kean University, a comprehensive, public university in the state of New Jersey that is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. WKU sits on approximately 500 beautiful acres and currently enrolls about 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students, and it is now in the midst of a rapid growth that will bring enrollment to 7,000 students within the next five years. All instruction is in English and all curriculum is provided by Kean University. In addition to its current 18 undergraduate programs, WKU has been approved by the Ministry of Education for offering 8 Master’s and 3 doctorate programs. Wenzhou is one of the most vibrant and economically advanced developed cities on China’s East Coast, located one hour by plane and just over three hours by high-speed train from Shanghai.

About the Job:

College of Architecture & Design at WKU is seeking qualified candidates to teach a full range of undergraduate and graduate studio and lecture courses within the professional architecture program. Areas of specialty include building design, urban design, building technology, building systems and professional practice. In addition to teaching and research, faculty are expected to devote non-teaching hours to advising and providing other support services to students. The ideal candidate will contribute intellectually to the formation of this professional program. Tenure-track assistant professor is expected to develop curriculum; develop a research and/or creative scholarship program that includes refereed publications, scholarly presentations and sponsored projects appropriate to an assistant academic level; seek external funding; participate in innovative teaching and curriculum development; and actively engage in professional organizations. Professional registration, AIA membership; LEED AP credentials; and both hand and digital representational skills are preferred.

All faculty positions are full-time assignments, effective for the start of the fall 2024 semester. These positions are full-time assignments appointed on a 3-year contract at the first instance.

Assistant Professor

A tenure-track Assistant Professor is a full time, 10-month employee who teaches 24 credits per academic year (course release is available for grant proposal development and other substantial research initiatives). Candidate will be expected to participate in the full range of faculty responsibilities, including high quality teaching, research, advising; student learning support; service to the university and/or professional community. Tenure-track appointment requires demonstration of contribution to the contemporary architectural discourse:  publications in internationally recognized journals, including peer reviewed publications, contributions to important exhibitions on architecture or other closely related subjects.

Lecturer

A non-tenure track Lecturer is full-time, 10-month employee who teaches 30 credits per year and provides student and learning support services during the assigned period. Lecturers will be expected to provide high quality teaching, student advisement and learning support services, and service to the university and/or professional community; and perform related work as required.

Teaching assignments and related responsibilities may include day, evening, weekend and online courses. Interest or experience in using advanced instructional technologies to improve the teaching/learning process is highly desirable. All faculty may be required to teach General Education courses as needed. Opportunities are also available to teach disciplinary support courses. Candidates with an interest in teaching across disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications:

A terminal degree is required for tenure-track positions in Design and Architecture. Equivalent professional experience may be considered to substitute for a Master’s degree as determined by the University. Candidate must have a proven record of professional work and/or academic scholarship. A minimum of one year of teaching experience at the post-secondary level and English fluency are strongly preferred for all positions. Candidates with proven teaching track records in Asia/China regions are especially welcomed.

Application Information:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled. Please send cover letter, portfolio, resume, statement of teaching philosophy, statement describing research and creative work interest, past professional activities/achievements and the supporting evidence of the activities/achievements, unofficial transcripts and contact information of three professional references by email to Search Committee Chairperson at wkuarch@wku.edu.cn. Official transcripts for all degrees and three current letters of recommendation are required before appointment.

Faculty positions at WKU offer:

  • The University will offer a highly competitive salary rate based on qualification and experience of the candidate.
  • The University will provide start-up grants to support the tenure track faculty to start their research programs.
  • A well-rounded healthcare coverage, academic travel up to $2,000, housing options and subsidy up to $3,000, home traveling up to $6,000 (2 international round-trip airfares), a reimbursement to cover relocation expenses up to $1,000, shuttle bus to campus for work, and up to 8% front-load retirement benefits with in accordance with completion of years of service with the University.
  • A collegial environment.
  • The opportunity to teach high quality students. About 45% of graduates have been admitted to the graduate schools at the World’s Top 50 Universities, and about 60% of graduates at the World’s Top 100 Universities.

Background Screening:

Wenzhou-Kean University conducts background screenings on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background Screenings.

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