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AAD Career Opportunities

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The Virginia Tech College of Architecture, Arts, and Design is seeking applicants for multiple teaching and research as well as instructional faculty positions across several programs.


Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture, Arts, and Design seeks an exceptional leader to serve as the Director of the School of Architecture. Reporting to the dean, the director will be responsible for providing visionary academic and administrative leadership, fostering a culture of collaboration, and advancing the school's reputation as a premier destination for architectural education and research. The ideal candidate will bring a combination of academic administrative experience and compassionate leadership to drive the school's success.

Virginia Tech is a renowned public research university located in Blacksburg, Virginia. With a commitment to innovation, excellence, and a collaborative spirit, the university has a distinguished reputation for fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment.

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The college invites applications for the inaugural position of Associate Dean of Research and Creative Scholarship. The associate dean will be integral to developing AAD’s diverse research areas. Reporting to the dean, they will, in consultation with the faculty community, help to cultivate the culture and infrastructure required to advance the college's research and creative endeavors by providing strategic leadership and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration within the college and beyond.

The college seeks a visionary, collaborative leader who embraces and thrives in a start-up environment of a new college composed of accomplished, award-winning architects, artists, and designers.

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Faculty Opportunities

The Virginia Tech School of Architecture based in the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design, seeks applicants for adjunct faculty positions in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to design as it influences many scales across the built environment, addresses the health and wellbeing of people and populations, and impacts ecosystems. The selected candidates will teach an architecture lab at an undergraduate or graduate level.

The architecture programs at Virginia Tech emphasize experimentation, cross-disciplinary viewpoints, and hands-on learning to develop future design professionals able to think systemically, integrate diverse ideas, and adapt to a constantly changing environment, all the while building a firm foundation in the cultural and physical dimensions of design, urban design, history, theory, building sciences, and practice.

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The School of Visual Arts (SOVA) at Virginia Tech invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track faculty positions in Graphic Design, with a start date of August, 2024. The ideal hires will complement the current faculty within the Graphic Design program in the areas of expertise, research focus, and teaching qualifications. We seek applicants who have expertise that align with the future of graphic design, marked by a deep integration of technology, focusing on enhancing user experience in various digital realms, such as AR, VR, AI, motion, and web.

SOVA is housed within the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design (AAD) at Virginia Tech, a comprehensive land grant research university in Blacksburg, Virginia. SOVA has approximately 275 undergraduate majors within four areas (Graphic Design, Creative Technologies, Studio Art and Art History). The Graphic Design program currently has approximately 90 majors and has been included in GDUSA’s list of “Top 30 Graphic Design Schools'' for each of the last five years.

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Administrative & Professional Faculty Opportunities

The College of Architecture, Arts, and Design at Virginia Tech seeks a highly motivated Director of Undergraduate Student Recruitment to provide support for the strategic recruitment of undergraduate students into 12 undergraduate majors. This on-campus recruiting position complements the efforts of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The successful candidate will be a point of contact for future and prospective first-year and transfer students and their families and serve as a partner for key stakeholders and constituents such as VT Undergraduate Admissions, the four schools within the college (Architecture, Design, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts), high schools, community colleges, and more.

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The College of Architecture, Arts, and Design (AAD) values curiosity and encourages inquiry and exploration through research and creative scholarship. We look to foster an environment and create an infrastructure that allows our faculty to thrive in this space.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research & Creative Scholarship, the Sponsored Research & Award Specialist is devoted to discovering, pursuing, and implementing funding opportunities with a focus on innovation, creative scholarship, and artistic expression.

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The Director of Communications and Marketing for the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design will lead the development, planning, execution, and evaluation of a comprehensive, strategic communications and marketing program for the college, and align those activities with university-wide communications, marketing, and branding initiatives.

In a broad sense, the Director's primary responsibility will be to tell the story of the college in a manner that captures the vibrancy and appeal of our programs. We are looking for someone who has a deep commitment to the college’s disciplines; to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all marketing and communications materials; and is a thoughtful, eloquent, and incisive advocate for the college, its missions, and programs.

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Staff Opportunities

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The Office of Inclusion and Diversity is excited to announce the 13th annual Future Faculty Diversity Program (FFDP), taking place October 1-4, 2023, at the Inn at Virginia Tech. We are excited to share that since 2019, 54 participating fellows have received offers at Virginia Tech, and more than 70% of them have joined as tenure-track faculty members.

The program is designed to help departments identify and recruit talented scholars from historically underrepresented populations, specifically U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are African Americans, Hispanics/Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Pacific Islanders.  Current PhD/DVM/MFA (or related terminal degree) candidates or post-docs not affiliated with Virginia Tech, within one year of pursuing a faculty position, and of a caliber to be competitive for a position are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are due on August 15th, 2023.

Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture, Arts, and Design supports the Future Faculty Development Program. While all disciplines are welcome to apply, we strongly encourage applicants from the following disciplines for academic year 2023 - 24: architecture, interior design, graphic design, industrial design and cinema.