The School of Design + Construction (SDC) invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Social Justice in the Built Environment. Part of a University system-wide cluster hire initiative in Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas, this position will join an initial cohort of five new hires and existing faculty to build a network of scholars who are committed to conducting research on racism, ethnicity, social and environmental justice, power, and structures of inequality in their diverse fields of specialization. The position in the SDC will bring a diverse, interdisciplinary, and publicly engaged lens to broad issues of systemic injustices within the built environment. For more information and the list of the other positions included in this cluster hire, please visit the Office of the Provost website.

We seek a scholar that can help transform how the School of Design + Construction addresses racism and social justice in the built environment. The candidate is expected to partner with units across the WSU system toward broadly transforming the institution.  The candidate will also work across disciplines throughout the University to build new curricula, foster and conduct interdisciplinary research and teaching, and engage with communities. The new SDC faculty member will join colleagues in the School who value collaboration, civic engagement, and interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and teaching. The School encourages community outreach as one of the many modes of engaged scholarship. For example, the Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI), housed in the SDC, is a rural outreach program in which faculty and students serve underrepresented communities throughout the Northwest with urban design and community organization services. Also, faculty in the school deliver courses on social equity in housing and homelessness, design as advocacy, design and discrimination, and empathetic space design. Additionally, several faculty research and engage issues pertaining to social and environmental justice. We seek a faculty member to strengthen this important work.

The School of Design + Construction has an inclusive tenure and promotion process. It is home to undergraduate programs in architecture (B.S. Architectural Studies), landscape architecture (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture), interior design (B.A.), construction management (B.S.) and construction engineering (B.S.). The School also offers Masters programs in architecture (M.Arch) and interior design (M.A.) and participates in the WSU wide interdisciplinary PhD.

WSU is a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage, its formal Memorandum of Understanding with Native American tribes in the region, and tradition of service to society. We are committed to ensuring that this appointment builds bridges with Native communities in the Northwest as part of a decolonizing process through which WSU can confront its roots as an instrument of settler colonialism. As a land-grant institution, the university is particularly interested in hiring scholars who are deeply connected to and integrated into the communities that they study, as a means to build on our strong tradition of engaged and applied scholarship at WSU. The School of Design + Construction encourages applicants from individuals who identify with underrepresented populations.

Duties for this position are to teach social and environmental justice related courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Design + Construction, including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management and/or construction engineering.  The position will include conducting interdisciplinary research, scholarship and outreach related to social and environmental justice.

Responsibilities of the position include the following:

  • Develop new SDC course(s) in social justice in the built environment;
  • Craft curriculum in the School focused on social justice;
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the School of Design + Construction and be willing to teach online when required;
  • Collaborate with faculty in departments and units across the WSU system to teach about and research social and environmental justice topics;
  • Develop a clear research agenda that demonstrates or leads to translational and/or transformational change in the built environment related to social justice;
  • Publish research material in national and/or international peer-reviewed venues and actively pursue grants;
  • Conduct community engaged teaching, scholarship and outreach in social justice in the built environment;
  • Participate in School committees and student mentoring;
  • Provide continuing education and short courses to industry and students.



  1. Applicants must have a PhD or masters terminal degree in their discipline from any of the following areas but not limited to: architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, construction management, construction engineering, city and regional planning, urban design, law, civil engineering, environmental engineering, sociology, environmental sciences, health sciences, history, political science, or education.
  2. Applicants must develop or have the potential to develop a nationally recognized research and outreach program.
  3. Applicants are expected to collaborate across disciplines to develop and establish initiatives around social justice in the built environment.
  4. Applicants must be willing to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds, and to engage with varied community stakeholders.
  5. Applicants must have experience with instruction, mentoring, or tutoring in academic or community settings.

Screening Begins: January 16, 2021

Applications must be submitted through: starting December 16, 2021. Review of applications will commence January 16, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Apply HERE.

For questions about the position contact: Professor Jolie Kaytes, Search Committee Chair, Email:

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