Call for Nominations: Scan Design Foundation Endowed Chair

Call for Nominations: Scan Design Foundation Endowed Chair


Nominations are requested for the next holder for the Scan Design Foundation (SDF) endowed chair. Priority consideration will be given to nominations received by Nov. 22, 2021. The chair, with support from a part-time program coordinator, provides oversight of the student and faculty exchange program in Denmark, including working with other units across UW to identify and select qualified participants. The appointment is for a three-year renewable term and carries an annual stipend of $10K and additional funds for research and benefits. It is open to both tenure track and visiting faculty.

The Scan Design Foundation by Inger and Jens Bruun, based in Seattle, Washington, is a nonprofit private foundation dedicated to advancing Danish-American relations.

Desired Qualities of the holder of the SDF Endowed Chair in Built Environments

  •       Organizational and administrative abilities to manage a multi-faceted program
  •       Preference for scholarship related to Danish areas of study and/or practice
  •       Comfort with international travel and meetings
  •       Diplomacy and social acumen, working with the funder, colleagues, staff and personnel in Denmark, as well as ability to foster positive inter organizational relationships with program partners and institutions
  •       Commitment to the value of international study for students in disciplines across the UW campus, and to collaboration and cultural exchange
  •       Be recognized in their field and have demonstrated expertise in a specific field through professional activities
  •       Have clear potential to advance CBE goals of collaboration, climate solutions, equity and inclusion
  •       Provide documentation that demonstrates current and future directions in knowledge acquisition, knowledge creation, teaching/mentoring excellence, and community engagement. Documentation may include curriculum vitae, awards, and/or letters of recommendation.
  •       Schedule availability to participate in evening and week-end events
  •       Ability to oversee budgets, grants and reporting activities
  •       Consideration will be given to individuals who are committed to diversity-related work and whose record of research, teaching, service, and/or outreach reflects a commitment to diversity and equal opportunity.

Description of Chair’s Responsibilities

The Scan Design Foundation Endowed Chair in Built Environments oversees the awarding of Scan Design Fellowships to UW students wishing to study in Denmark and facilitates development of academic relationships and study abroad programs to promote cultural exchange between University of Washington and Danish faculty and students.

The Chair leads a Faculty Advisory Committee which helps to promote Fellowship opportunities and participates in the Fellows selection process; coordinates final selection of our UW Scan Design Fellows from colleges across the UW; and distributes travel funding to faculty wishing to advance student and faculty relationships between Denmark and the UW.

The Chair oversees: advertising of, application for and advising on funding for UW student exchange and faculty travel opportunities in Denmark; coordination with UW Study Abroad; development of host programs and events for exchange students in Seattle and Denmark; and grant procurement, expenditures and reporting to the Scan Design Foundation, working with the Scan Design Fellows Administrator housed in the CBE Dean’s office.

The Chair serves as the primary liaison between the Scan Design Foundation, and the SDF-sponsored Fellowship Program and UW faculty-led programs to Denmark, and participates in cultural exchange activities with faculty, staff and student Fellows.

The Scan Design Foundation Endowed Chair in Built Environments shall be filled by candidates who have achieved regional and/or national recognition in the in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design and planning, with particular knowledge of the aspects of their field that relate to contemporary Danish architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design and planning practices, and who are expected to make contributions to the advancement of teaching and research in their field.

Please send nominations or letters of interest (max 3 pages) and current CV to Ken Yocom, Chair, Dept of Landscape Architecture at