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How to Apply

Applications are due May 1, 2021. Please submit a single PDF file no larger than 500k that contains your letter of interest and your resume/curriculum vitae (including contact information for three references).

Your letter of interest needs to contain the following sections:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement (max 300 words that highlights your work and accomplishments in DEI-related areas)
  • Research Project Statement (max 300 words outlining a 1-year or 2-year project)
  • Teaching Interest Statement (max 300 words outlining your interest and experience in teaching/learning)
  • A hyperlink to your design portfolio (max 10 pages) and/or writing samples (max 10-15 pages)

For questions: Qiana London, Taubman College human resource officer: qlondon@umich.edu.

Job Summary

Michigan-Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis

The Michigan/Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis is an interdisciplinary academic and research initiative focused on architecture, urbanism and humanities research in Detroit, Michigan. Made possible by a grant from the A. W. Mellon Foundation, the project allows design theory and practice to inform and be informed by questions of social justice, social movements, and transformative creative arts movements – both past and present. The emphasis on cities and their specificity will focus humanists on linking theories of human interaction and collective life with the physical space of a city and its histories. The increased expertise in urbanism allows for humanists to better understand the market forces and economic constraints that inform design decisions that directly affect human life. This fellowship appointment is for  one (1 ) year, beginning July 1, 2021, and has two primary responsibilities related to research and teaching.

Research

Fellows are expected to pursue independent research projects at the intersection of architecture, urbanism and the humanities, with particular emphasis on the role of egalitarianism in shaping metropolitan regions. This research is expected to engage with contemporary urban issues in the city of Detroit.

Through faculty mentorship and participation in Taubman College programming, Fellows join an intellectual community and a network of scholars pursuing a range of interests in the fields of architecture, urban design, and planning. Fellows are encouraged to seek support from external agencies and applicable University of Michigan initiatives if it appears that their scholarly and creative work will be enhanced by such grants. At the end of the fellowship year, Fellows are required to submit a written report on their activities and present their work to a public audience in a medium of their choice.

Teaching/Administration

In parallel, the fellow is responsible for running and assisting with the administration of the University of Michigan Architecture Preparatory Program (ArcPrep). ArcPrep provides Detroit Public School juniors with an immersive, semester-long college preparatory course in architecture, urbanism and studio design. Meeting three hours per day, five days a week over the course of a semester, U-M ArcPrep works to broaden career horizons, meet future demand, and bring diverse voices into the fields of architecture, planning and design by serving students typically underrepresented in American architecture schools and thus the profession of architecture.

During this semester, students engage in a rigorous academic program led by the Michigan Mellon Fellow that introduces fundamental studio design tools. The course strengthens participants' ability to translate observations about the world into visual and spatial language and, through a spatial justice lens, works to expand students' sense of agency in the built environment. Students receive instruction through a series of thematic, interrelated modules structured to deliver fundamental design and research methodologies, offer techniques for critical analysis, shed light on the profession and its affiliate fields, and demonstrate pathways to design education.

The Fellow works closely with the Program Director, graduate student instructors, doctoral students, and Taubman faculty and staff to ensure the success of the program in all aspects.  In collaboration with the Academic Initiatives team at Taubman College, the fellow is encouraged to critically reflect upon and shape pedagogy to align with their evolving research agendas. Additionally, in close collaboration with the Academic Initiatives Team, the fellow will explore equitable and innovative teaching opportunities using hybrid and online tools.  ArcPrep plans to extend the initiative beyond its current public school and institutional partnerships in Detroit, and the candidate should be motivated to grow and evolve the scale and impact of the current program. 

Required Qualifications*

The University of Michigan invites applications from graduates of accredited professional degree programs in architecture who possess high levels of proficiency in architectural and/or urban design, fluency in contemporary visual culture and contemporary practices, and fluency in aspects of humanities discourses that impact architectural thinking. Applicants should also possess a commitment to teaching design to high school students and evidence of a demonstrated commitment to cultural and disciplinary diversity. Fellows are expected to be in the early stages of their academic or professional careers. This appointment is not tenure-track. 

Additional Information

The Design Fellow will receive annual salary of $50,000 and a research stipend of $3,000 that may be used for research-related expenses. In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, U-M offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous time off; retirement plan with two-for-one matching contributions after the first year; many choices for comprehensive health insurance; life insurance; long-term disability coverage; and flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses. Learn more about U-M benefits.

Please note: Relocation assistance is not provided.

Who We Are

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan promotes the public good by engaging a diverse constituency in purpose-driven learning and research that focuses on the built environment. Named among the best architecture and planning schools in the country, the college prepares graduates to lead the professions, organizations, and institutions that shape our world at every scale. Learn more about Taubman College.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Taubman College values a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and administrators that includes people of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We aim to create a community of mutual respect and trust where everyone's backgrounds, identities, and views are represented without any threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Learn more about our DEI efforts.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.