Assistant/Associate Professor of Architectural History

Radcliffe College

United States

October 10, 2021


Position Title Assistant/Associate Professor of Architectural History

School Harvard Graduate School of Design Department/Area Architecture/Modern and Contemporary Position Description

A full-time tenure track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level is available for highly qualified individuals to offer graduate-level instruction in modern and contemporary architectural history at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD).

Teaching responsibilities will involve required, comprehensive courses in the history of modern and contemporary architecture across a range of national, regional, and cultural settings for students in the professional MArch and post-professional MDES programs. Additionally, the successful candidate will offer lecture courses and research-based seminars in their area of expertise to students across the professional, post-professional, and doctoral tracts (PhD and DDes).

Candidates should be creative researchers who show promise of an innovative historical approach to narrating and theorizing familiar and/or previously overlooked objects, subjects, topics, and themes within or beyond the traditional bounds of architectural history. We are especially interested in candidates whose expertise lies in such areas as race, gender, diasporic communities, and questions of power and hegemony in the design disciplines. The candidate will be expected to make substantial scholarly contributions to the field while at the same time continuing to define it with respect to past and future research possibilities.

The candidates are expected to engage in the Department of Architecture's core curriculum and with design studios through guest critiques and project reviews.

Basic Qualifications

Candidates are required to hold a PhD in architectural or urban history. They will have a record of scholarship and teaching in one or more of the following areas: BIPOC architectural and urban traditions; the Global South; colonialism and imperialism; and postcolonial theories and practices.

This appointment, expected to start in Fall 2022, is expected to be a full- time position at the level of assistant or associate professor. We will review applications on a rolling basis starting on September 1st, 2021. Candidates should upload a letter of interest, current CV, a teaching statement and a research statement, a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging statement, and two or three significant works such as articles or book chapters.

Additional Qualifications Special Instructions

For the required statement of teaching philosophy, please describe your pedagogical approach, including how you would approach teaching students across disciplines and departments in the context of design and/or planning education, in no more than two pages.

For the required statement of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, please address the following question in no more than two pages:

Given the geographic diversity represented in the GSD community, and our commitment to anti-racism and inclusion, how do you approach pedagogy and mentoring for a student cohort that is diverse across multiple dimensions including but not limited to nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, and gender identity?

Candidates should submit names and contact information for a minimum of 3 referees. Candidates will be notified regarding requests for recommendation letters during the short list phase of the recruitment process.

Applications will be reviewed beginning September 1, 2021.

Contact Information

Tim Hoffman, Faculty Affairs Administrator

Contact Email Equal Opportunity Employer

Additional Information:

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law. Additionally, as underscored by our school's Community Values Statement, the GSD is committed to diversity and inclusion within our community, which is representative of individuals from varied abilities, backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, identities, races, lived experiences, and perspectives.

We especially welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented groups and candidates with experience teaching and working with diverse communities and students.

Minimum Number of References Required 3 Maximum Number of References Allowed 5

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Research
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement
  • Writing Sample 1
  • Writing Sample 2
  • Optional Documents

  • Writing Sample 3