Kennesaw State University (KSU) invites applications and nominations for the next Dean of the College of Architecture and Construction Management. 


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. KSU offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, entrepreneurial spirit, and Division I athletics draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Ranked a top choice for students by U.S. News, Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status.  Located in the Metro Atlanta area, Kennesaw State University enjoys direct access to a wealth of cultural and civic resources and maintains close ties with the surrounding professional communities.


The College of Architecture and Construction Management seeks to continue its record of excellence in education in the disciplines of architecture and construction management and to bolster its missions to serve as a resource for graduates and all those affected by the built environment in our region, state, nation and global society.

The College is comprised of two allied departments: Architecture and Construction Management.  The Department of Architecture provides curricula that encourage creativity and innovation by blending together research and design practice, hands-on applications, and digital and fabrication technologies.  The Department offers a five-year professional Bachelor of Architecture degree (the only program of its kind in Georgia), fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and a Masters of Science in Architecture degree program.  The Department of Construction Management offers ACCE (American Council of Construction Education) accredited Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Construction Management degree programs.  The department has the highest number of industry-supported scholarships in a single department, through a close association with the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Georgia. 


Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean will provide academic, scholarly, and insightful leadership to advocate for the College and advance the goals of the College and its reputation at local, state and national levels.  The Dean will also guide the College’s efforts in cultivating excellence in curricula, academics, scholarship, and research, while leading external fundraising efforts and furthering relationships within the architecture and construction management professional communities.  KSU seeks an innovative individual with bold vision and strong leadership skills who is committed to extending collaborative relationships and who will foster a successful academic environment for faculty, staff, students, and the community.    


The successful candidate will possess an earned PhD (or foreign equivalent) from an accredited university or have earned professional registration/certification in architecture, construction management, or related field.  The successful candidate will also have  a distinguished record of achievement in scholarship, research, and/or professional practice commensurate with an appointment at the tenured rank of professor.  The candidate should also demonstrate a record of effective managerial leadership skills, clear communication, and a commitment to diversity, inclusivity, shared governance and community engagement. 

It is preferred that the successful candidate possess the following qualifications:

  • A flexible strategist with a record of successful leadership and the ability to develop and implement a bold vision for the future of the College;
  • Ability to foster advancement and external relations activities by cultivating relationships with alumni, individual donors, corporations, and other stakeholders while collaborating with local, state-wide, national and international professional communities;
  • A blend of experiences in professional practice and academia, with a passion for and understanding of architecture and construction management, and their crucial role in civic engagement and social responsibility;
  • Demonstrated success in diversity and inclusion enhancement;
  • Demonstrated success in program development, promotion of interdisciplinary research, and growth management;
  • Capability to identify, recruit and retain strong leadership and faculty;
  • A strong commitment to faculty development and to leadership development within the College
  • A strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education with an emphasis on teaching, practice, and research;
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing large, complex budgets, fiscal matters, strategic planning and personnel management;
  • Ability to connect the College with important areas of opportunity within the University;
  • Strong communicator and commitment to openness, collaboration and shared decision-making;
  • A strong advocate for student success.

Nominations and applications (letter of interest, resume/CV and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest can be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  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 July 15, 2019.  Please submit all nominations and applications to:

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext. 109 ||

Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate based on age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.

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