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The College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver is in search of qualified candidates at the Associate Professor level for the Director of the Graduate Program role, scheduled to commence in July 2024.

Overview of CU Denver

As a prominent urban research university in Colorado, the University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to providing a comprehensive education to a diverse student body. Through a blend of high-quality academics, innovative research, creative endeavors, and civic involvement in our urban setting, CU Denver equips graduates with a valuable mix of classroom learning and practical experience. This combination is highly sought after in today’s job market, benefiting both the city by nurturing skilled professionals and the region by fostering a new wave of knowledge and progress. CU Denver truly embodies the spirit of being “CU in the City.”

Situated in downtown Denver, CU Denver offers a wide array of over 100 academic programs, ranging from undergraduate to doctoral levels. With a student population exceeding 15,000, the university covers disciplines as diverse as global energy management, music industry studies, and criminal justice. As a key contributor to Colorado’s economy, CU Denver boasts nearly 2,500 employees and generates an annual economic impact of 800 million USD.

About the Architecture Department

The Architecture Department at CU Denver provides a four-year pre-professional program (BS Arch) and a NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture (MArch) for students seeking their first professional degree in architecture. The faculty and students within the department are actively engaged as global citizens and proponents of change in a dynamic world that aligns with the evolving landscape of collaborative and professional practice. In addition to the Architecture Program, the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) offers degrees in Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, Historic Preservation, Urban Design, and a PhD in Geography, Planning, and Design.

The ideal candidate for the Director of the Graduate Program position should be a seasoned educator with specialization in Building Technologies, Histories and Theories of World Architecture, Architectural Visualization, or Foundational Design. Given the university’s mission and student demographics, candidates with experience in diverse environments or a proven track record of supporting and enriching diverse communities through teaching, research, and mentorship are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department is looking for motivated individuals capable of addressing contemporary issues, possessing a well-developed teaching Pedagogy, and demonstrating a progressive research agenda or creative activity in their area of expertise. Applicants should show potential in teaching both large lecture courses and seminars to students from various backgrounds. The College of Architecture and Planning is committed to fostering a culturally diverse faculty that thrives in a multicultural environment. Applications from historically underrepresented groups and candidates with experience in teaching and collaborating with diverse communities are highly valued.


The selected candidate will assume the role of Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, balancing teaching, research, service, and administrative duties within the program, with adjustments made for administrative responsibilities.

Key responsibilities of the Director include:

  • Collaborating with the Department Chair and faculty to shape the curricular vision for the MArch Program.
  • Implementing curricular objectives as outlined by the faculty.
  • Leading the curriculum assessment process for the MArch program at both the University and NAAB levels.
  • Ensuring smooth operations within the MArch program in coordination with the Department Chair, Undergraduate Program Director, and Administrative Executive.
  • Assisting in the recruitment of diverse part-time faculty members from the professional community to teach in the Graduate program.
  • Participating in departmental administration, including liaising with the Graduate Student Advisor, Graduate Student Representative, and College Staff.
  • Overseeing the annual NAAB statistical report and catalog updates.
  • Coordinating Final Reviews, handling TA requests, and mentoring student organizations such as AIAS, NOMA-S, AFWIA, etc.
  • Conducting summer Teaching Workshops for part-time and new faculty in the Graduate program.

Salary and Benefits

The base salary for this position ranges from 90,000 to 102,000 USD, with potential additional compensation or workload adjustments for the Director role. The final salary offered will be determined based on various factors including internal equity, experience, education, specialization, and training. The provided salary range reflects the University’s good faith estimate of possible compensation at the time of posting. In addition to competitive salaries, the University of Colorado offers comprehensive leave policies, health benefits, and retirement contributions.

Diversity and Equity

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The University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus is deeply committed to fostering diversity among its student body, faculty, and administrative staff. The institution actively promotes a culture of inclusivity, respect, communication, and understanding. Applications from women, ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged. The University upholds principles of diversity and equality in both education and employment.

To ensure a secure environment for all members of its community, the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus conducts background checks on all prospective employees.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must hold a terminal degree in Architecture (MArch) or its equivalent, along with a faculty rank of Associate Professor or equivalent. They should be capable of delivering instruction in design studio and large lecture courses within their area of expertise at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Preferred Qualifications

A PhD in Architecture or a related field, architectural licensure, and a proven track record of excellence in higher education are preferred qualifications for this role.

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