Job Description

Dean for the College of Architecture and Design

The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) seeks an energetic and visionary Dean to lead its College of Architecture and Design (CoAD).

The College benefits from a particular set of circumstances that offer faculty and students exciting opportunities for teaching and learning, research and service. It has graduate and undergraduate programs in architecture, planning, and design, and faculty members from similarly diverse fields. It is one of six colleges and schools in a public polytechnic university that attracts a diversity of students and that encourages collaboration across disciplines. It is located in Newark, NJ, in proximity to New York and to many other urban communities in New Jersey and the larger metropolitan area. The College’s 45-year old School of Architecture and its more recent School of Art + Design now aim to take increasing advantage of the opportunities these varied circumstances provide, and seek a Dean to lead that effort.


As the College’s chief executive officer, the Dean is responsible for academic and scholarly leadership, fundraising, and the advancement of CoAD within the university, the community, and the world. The Dean is expected to conduct goal setting for the College and to work with all constituencies in developing priorities. The Dean will lead student recruitment and coordinate development of the curriculum. S/he will facilitate research and educational projects and help create and maintain close ties with funding agencies, industry, and other collaborators.

The Dean will convey the viewpoints of CoAD’s faculty and students to the higher administration and will advocate for resources for the College. S/he will articulate to faculty and students the plans and concerns of other university administrators. S/he will participate in meetings of shared-governance bodies and provide input in the development of regulations and programs. S/he will work closely with other Deans and Vice Presidents and serve as an active participant in senior leadership meetings and planning efforts.

To help realize CoAD’s full potential, the Dean will communicate in a clear and consistent manner with CoAD faculty and students, across the campus, with alumni, with local and state governments, and with community partners and industry. S/he will also lead the processes necessary to maintain accreditation of the College’s professional programs.

The Dean is expected to cultivate an atmosphere that supports faculty and student growth, both in rigorous research and in continuous professional development. S/he will seek interdisciplinary, campus-wide opportunities for collaborative research and teaching projects. S/he will ensure that junior faculty members have the mentoring necessary to be successful in their fields.

As CoAD’s main liaison with College alumni and with the profession, the Dean will play a major role in forming the College’s Advisory Board, and foster and maintain relationships with local practitioners.

As CoAD’s chief executive officer, the Dean will lead fundraising efforts and foster relationships with external constituencies. S/he will work closely with the University’s development team to identify potential donors to support new initiatives in the College.


The successful candidate will have a distinguished record in scholarship, research, and/or professional practice in architecture, design or a related field that is commensurate with an appointment at the rank of Professor with academic tenure. S/he should also have a record of effective managerial leadership and will be committed to diversity, inclusivity, shared governance, and community engagement.

While recognizing that no single person possesses all ideal traits for the position, NJIT seeks candidates who have:

  • A vision for how CoAD can draw upon the strengths of its faculty and students and its location at NJIT in Newark to advance the disciplines of architecture and design and to address the challenges currently facing Newark, the State of New Jersey, the larger metropolitan region, and the world beyond;
  • The energy and enthusiasm to engage with faculty, students, administration and alumni to pursue that vision and to lead the College to new levels of success;
  • A commitment to participatory decision making processes;
  • A proven track record in program development, promotion of inter-disciplinary research, and growth management;
  • The ability to navigate the political landscape of higher education and its various statewide stakeholders.

NJIT values inclusivity and seeks individuals who are committed to working with students, colleagues, and constituencies of diverse backgrounds. We encourage applications from and nominations of candidates from underrepresented groups including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

The Search Committee invites expressions of interest, nominations and applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and contact information for at least three references). These are to be submitted electronically at, posting number 0603784.  Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made. It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to 10 April, 2017. 

For questions and discussion of the position contact Moshe Kam, Search Committee Chair, Dean of the Newark College of Engineering, by phone at (973) 596-6506 or by e-mail at