Architecture Instructor

Pasadena City College
Location: Pasadena, CA, USA
Added on: 7 Apr 2023, Job offer expires on: 30 Sep 2023

Job Type Full-Time Faculty
Department Instruction
Job Number 03537
Division Visual Arts, Media Studies & Library
Closing 3/15/2023 11:59 PM Pacific
Probationary Period Tenure-Track (Four Years)
Salary Schedule/Range Contract Monthly Faculty
Work Shift Thirty-four (34) hours per week
consisting of a combination of in-class teaching and preparation for
teaching plus five and one half (5.5) hours of additional time for
student conferences; and five and one half (5.5) hours for professional
growth and development, College governance and other professional
responsibilities for a total of 45.5 hours/week for each of two 16-week
Official Posting Please use the link to find the official posting and apply. Architecture Instructor

Pasadena City College is hiring a full-time, tenure track Architecture Instructor commencing in the 2023-24 academic year.

The primary emphasis will be in teaching all levels of architecture courses. The instructor’s focus will be in teaching both entry level architectural design to students beginning the PCC program and teaching advanced skills and techniques to advanced students. Candidates should demonstrate a successful record of significant work and/or expertise in teaching emerging trends in the area of design and history/theory. Experience with subjects such as architectural world history and theory and digital fabrication is expected for this position.

We are committed to helping all students achieve their educational goals, including those of every race, religion, gender, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community, regardless of background and level of preparation. We are looking for candidates with a commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented demographics in the sciences who can create a welcoming classroom culture and positively engage in our diverse student population.

At Pasadena City College (PCC) we celebrate and respect the racial, social, economic, academic and cultural diversity including students with different ability statuses.

  • We seek candidates whose experience, teaching, and/or service advance anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and justice.
  • We welcome candidates whose experiences have facilitated their understanding of traditionally underrepresented racial minority communities.
  • Faculty are expected to have an inclusive stance on mentoring and engagement that incorporates working with historically marginalized populations.
  • We seek candidates who have the desire and ability to create a welcoming classroom culture that positively engages and impacts our racially and socially diverse student population.
  • We seek applications from candidates who can demonstrate experience in teaching and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and contribute to the College’s mission, vision, and core values

We are committed to achieving equally high outcomes for all students. Successful candidates will share our vision and will work with us to help all students, regardless of background and level of preparation, achieve their educational goals. PCC is a designated Hispanic-serving institution that takes great responsibility in serving our Latinx students while also supporting Black, Asian American and Pacific Islander and Indigenous students towards their educational attainment and economic well-being. Pasadena City College prides itself on faculty contributions through active participation in college-wide governance and the decision-making process.


  • Teach a variety of courses in Architectural Design, Architectural Visual Communications, Architectural Materials and Methods of Construction, Architectural History, and Professional Practice
  • Work closely with students to develop the creative, conceptual and critical potential of their design projects
  • Provide leadership in, and complete the development of, professional, career development, and interdisciplinary curriculum consistent with Career and Technical Education standards and best practices
  • Develop and maintain pathway relationships with K-12 partners, campus resources, transfer institutions and the professional community through networking and advisory committee duties
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students, to manage shared facilities and resources in the VAMS division
  • Actively participate in other professional duties such as student advising, departmental and college committees, grant writing and reporting, course and program assessment, student outreach, program review and update, assessment of articulation agreements with transfer institutions, maintenance of accredited status with accrediting organizations
  • Maintain and update course-relevant skills through professional development opportunities
  • Maintain a professional voice through continuing interaction with professionals in the field
  • Oversee students in work-based learning experiences on and off campus
  • Lead and participate in reviews of student work and presentations across the program
  • Participate in professional development activities that support best practices for teaching a diverse population of both major and non-major students
  • Participate in the evaluation, revision, and development of the curriculum
  • Participate in the recruitment, outreach, and development of internship opportunities for students
  • Participate with faculty to develop and assess student learning outcomes.  Use the results to improve teaching and learning
  • Undertake the divisional and professional responsibilities of a regular faculty member
  • Participate in divisional and college governance activities through committee service and/or other appropriate activities


  • Demonstrated experience and instructional knowledge of critical aspects of design and history of architecture.
  • Demonstrated experience as a jury coordinator and participant in collegiate architectural education environments.
  • Currency and knowledge of emerging trends in architectural design, history and theory.
  • Ability to work with students of varying academic preparation and learning styles.
  • Ability to utilize different methods and mediums in delivering course material
  • Demonstrated experience in integrating key architecture program principles including sustainability and global thinking.
  • Demonstrated excellence in critical analytic, interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Experience working successfully in a socially, ethnically and economically diverse environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and a desire for collegial collaboration across the campus.
  • Ability to create a culture of excellence, collaboration, social responsibility and professionalism in the student community through curricula and extra-curricula activities
  • Ability to guide students to a meaningful understanding of the contextual relationships between architectural production and urbanism, socio-economics, and culture
  • Skills needed to develop students’ commitment to environmental sustainability and the ethical responsibilities of the profession
  • Commitment to creating equity and serving community college students underrepresented in the architectural, design and construction professions, including women and racially minoritized students
  • Ability to adapt varying pedagogical approaches to meet the needs of students with differing learning modalities and abilities
  • Knowledge of current practices in distance education including learning management systems such as Canvas
  • Experience with Student Learning Outcomes and assessment methods
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and a desire and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, students, and other members of the campus community
  • Ability to work in a multi-ethnic environment with students of varying academic preparation and learning styles
  • Knowledgeable about culturally sustaining pedagogical techniques and effective practices for engaging African American, Latinx, and Indigenous groups who are historically underrepresented and underserved
  • Recent experience working with minoritized students in the classroom and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education shapes patterns of participation and outcomes
  • Willingness to examine and remediate ones instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support racially minoritized students
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience and proficiency in current teaching and learning techniques


  • Any Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience,


  • Any Associate degree and six years of experience,


  • A valid California Community College Instructor Credential,


  • The equivalent

Degree must be shown as conferred on transcript. Some degrees may require equivalency. When equivalency is requested, the file will be reviewed by PCC’s Equivalency Committee. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide ample documentation to support equivalent qualifications.


  • Professional experience in architectural design, fabrication, construction or related design field
  • Professional experience with analog and digital 2D and 3D design tools and processes, including industry-standard software such as Autocad, Rhino (and Grasshopper), Revit Building Information Modeling (BIM), digit rendering software, digital media, printing technologies and interactive technologies
  • Experience teaching advanced Architectural design, portfolio preparation, and career preparation courses at the community college level
  • Experience with strategic career pathway development strategies and activities such as outreach, mentoring, professional networking, competitions and scholarships, transfer events and social media
  • Membership in professional organizations such as American Institute of Architects (AIA), or National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
  • Professional licensure completed or in progress
  • Demonstrated experience in professional practice. Minimum 2 years applicable experience in an architectural office.


Ten Months, 100% – Tenure-track position beginning August 2023.


  • Successful completion of livescan clearance and TB screening
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per government codes 3100-3109
  • Meeting applicable eligibility requirements under CalPERS or CalSTRS if you are a current or former member
  • Board of Trustees approval

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: Pasadena City College utilizes an online application process. Hard copy, e-mailed, or faxed resumes are not accepted. You can apply for a position from any computer with Internet access.  Applications completed and received by 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2023 will receive full consideration.

Please keep in mind the following:

  • If you do not follow the process or your application/resume is incomplete, your information will not be processed.
  • The hiring committee will review, evaluate, and consider applications and supporting materials received by the deadline.  Meeting the minimum qualifications for a particular position does not assure the applicant an interview.  It is, therefore, important that the application be thorough and detailed.    The District may re-advertise, delay, choose not to fill the position, or choose to fill more than one position.
  • While the acceptance of the application packet is done through the Applicant Tracking Software (ATS), all hiring decisions are made by a hiring committee.
  • Positions are full-time (100%) and “open until filled,” unless otherwise stated.
  • The college president will conduct a final interview and recommend a candidate to the Board of Trustees.

Once applications are submitted they are final. Please carefully review your application and the documents which you are attaching to make sure that they are free from errors and complete.

If you require assistance, please contact the Human Resources office at
626.585.7388. Applicants may expect to be notified approximately 4 – 5 weeks following the closing date as to the status of their application.


For full consideration, all of the following must be submitted along with the online application.  An incomplete application packet will not be forwarded to the hiring committee for review.

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Cover Letter addressing qualifications for this position. Please discuss the ways you meet each of the points listed under “The Responsibilities,” “Minimum Qualifications,” “Professional Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities” and “Desirable/Preferred Qualifications. Include an Equity, diversity, and inclusion statement that describes your past and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Link in a pdf or Word document to your website-based professional portfolio

After a review of applications received, the District may require the completion and submission of supplemental documents prior to the interview process. A teaching demonstration may be required at the interview stage.

Note:  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all application materials are fully and correctly submitted.

Equal Opportunity, Title IX, Section 504 Employer

Pasadena Area Community College District
Human Resources

1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, California, 91106-2003

(626) 585-7388


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