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College of Architecture Dean Search

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks an inspiring and dynamic academic leader to serve as the next Dean of the College of Architecture.


This is a unique and compelling opportunity to join one of the nation’s leading public land-grant research institutions at a time of significant strategic investment across UNL and the College’s academic programs, infrastructure, research, and community engagement. The next Dean will lead a diverse, collaborative, and collegial community of exceptional faculty, staff, and students. The incoming Dean will champion the College’s culture of rigorous inquiry and innovation in pursuit of meaningful impact and will position the College to play a central role within the university’s strategic vision.

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The University of
Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska–Lincoln

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a member of the Big Ten Conference and the Big Ten Academic Alliance, is classified within the Carnegie "R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity" category and is a land-grant university.

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The College
of Architecture

Architecture Hall

The College is guided by the mission statement to create a resilient, healthy and beautiful world, within a diverse and inclusive culture of rigorous inquiry and innovation, united by the transformative power of planning and design.

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Search Committee

Kathy Farrell, search chair

Kathy Farrell

Committee Chair; Dean, College of Business; and Professor of Finance

  • Lindsey Ellsworth-Bahe, Associate Professor and Program Director, Interior Design
  • Rumiko Handa, Associate Dean, College of Architecture and Professor of Architecture
  • Sarah Karle, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
  • Yunwoo Nam, Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning
  • David Newton, Assistant Professor, Architecture
  • Peter Olshavsky, Associate Professor, Architecture
  • Kendra Ordia, Assistant Professor, Interior Design
  • Vishnu Reddi, Assistant Professor of Practice, Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction
  • Stephanie Kuenning, Director of Advising and Student Success, College of Architecture
  • Jeremiah Brown, Graduate Student, Architecture Major
  • Makena Ninete, Undergraduate Student, Interior Design Major
  • Bruce Carpenter, Professional Advisory Committee, HDR Architects
  • Chad Brassil, Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences (Diversity Ambassador)

The Opportunity

The Dean will join a group of fellow deans and campus leaders who are dynamic, collaborative, supportive, and committed to the university’s strategic vision. The Dean will advocate for the College and have responsibility for the strategic, programmatic, financial, fundraising, and management operations that support the mission and vision of the College of Architecture and its role within the university and across the state.

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The Candidate Profile

Candidates must have an demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate, graduate and professional education, as well as research, scholarship, engagement, and creative activity; a track record of success leading diverse, multifaceted teams and/or organizations; the ability to consult and collaborate effectively with a broad range of internal colleagues and external constituencies; and the ability to develop and implement a purposeful and compelling strategy that will distinguish the College of Architecture as a relevant and valuable regional, national, and international resource.

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How to Apply

The search committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Priority consideration will be given to those materials received by August 25, 2022. Applications should consist of 1) a letter summarizing motivation, relevant leadership experience, and qualifications, 2) a detailed curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and contact information for at least three professional references. References will be contacted only with permission from the candidate.

To ensure full consideration, inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications should be directed in confidence to:

Isaacson, Miller

Search Firm Contacts

Pamela Pezzoli, Partner
Ben Tobin, Partner
Rachel Brown, Senior Associate
Kendra Molee, Senior Search Coordinator

Electronic submission is required: imsearch.com/8527.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.