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Faculty principal for the Creativity and Innovation District sought

From: Student Affairs 

In 2016, Virginia Tech announced plans for the Creativity and Innovation District, a collaboration between the School of Performing Arts, School of Visual Arts; Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology; Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Student Affairs. Anchoring the initial development of the district is a 225,000-gross-square-foot residential building.

A vital component of the Creativity and Innovation District leadership is the faculty “principal” who lives on site, and who sets the vision for the living-learning community in partnership with the leadership of Studio 72 and Innovate. The faculty principal plays an important role in redefining the residential experience by strengthening the academic and intellectual climate of the community, and have the paramount role of creating a culture where students are taught and encouraged to engage intellectually in their college experience inside and outside the classroom The faculty principal for the Creativity and Innovation District (and family, including pets, if relevant) will live in the specially designed apartment within this new complex opening in fall 2021. 

For this endeavor, we are currently seeking a tenured or tenure-track faculty member of Virginia Tech who is extraordinarily collaborative and enjoys a high level of engagement with students. This is a nine month, live-in, year-to-year appointment with an annual evaluation each summer. The term is for three years, renewable once for a maximum of six years. The principal is provided a $9,000 administrative stipend ($3,000 with negotiated three months summer work), an apartment, and partial meal allowance. A one-course-per-year reduction funded by Student Affairs is provided with the support of one’s dean and department head. An annual programming budget is also provided. The principal is expected to use the partial meal allowance to meet the job responsibilities of the principal position. The selected faculty principal will spend the 2020-2021 year working with the key partners designing the program for the following year. 

Might this be an opportunity for you?

Please consider submitting an application to lead this new initiative designed to strengthen undergraduate education at Virginia Tech. As a faculty principal, you will influence the intellectual lives of undergraduate students – first years through seniors - from across the university. You will engage them in dialogue and discussion about issues and ideas, and shape their intellectual and personal growth beyond the classroom.

Some of this meaningful interaction would occur in the 3-bedroom, 2-bath rent-free apartment provided by the university. The faculty residence features a large living/dining/kitchen space designed to support informal or formal gatherings of faculty and students. Faculty principals around the country host a wide range of gatherings such as receptions for guest speakers and artists, weekly forums to discuss issues and topics, or reading groups. Most importantly, the faculty principal’s interests and personal commitments play a major role in shaping the community’s intellectual life.

For more information, please contact Dr. Frances Keene, chief of operations and deputy to Senior Associate VP for Student Affairs (; 540-231-8056).

To be considered for this position, please send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and letters of support from your department head and a student, along with the names and contact information for three references by February 7, 2020 to:

Frances B Keene, Ph.D.

Chief of Operations and Deputy to Senior Associate VP

Student Affairs

156 C New Hall West

190 West Campus Drive

Phone (540) 231-8056

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