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Chair of Architecture

Post Date:

January 10, 2019


Texas Tech University


Lubbock, TX


Chair of Architecture

The College of Architecture (CoA) at Texas Tech University (TTU) seeks energetic and experienced candidates for the position of Chair of Architecture at the Associate (with tenure) or Full Professor level to join the College faculty and participate in advancing innovative design, teaching, and creative research.  The College values teaching excellence and expects the Chair to be a collaborative and innovative leader responsible for advancing the College’s pedagogy and academic reputation.

The Chair will have oversight of and provide leadership for the B.S. in Architecture and M. Arch. programs. Duties include but are not limited to: curriculum and program development, coordinating studio levels, appointing faculty teaching assignments, and evaluating faculty teaching.  The Chair is expected to provide leadership of the College’s academic affairs, and to give creative support and direction to advance the College’s goals and objectives while promoting pedagogical excellence.  In fulfilling these responsibilities, the Chair will work closely with both the College’s faculty and the Dean.

Candidates should possess a record of distinction in academic leadership and a global perspective on architectural education. It is expected that the successful candidate will develop a strong research agenda through internal and external funding opportunities, and will serve the College, the University, and the professional and local communities.  Candidates who have a very strong record of scholarship supported by external funding, who have the proven capacity or a clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to TTU and the CoA are encouraged to apply. 

The CoA has a new vision and goals which emphasize advanced design and design related research; as part of this endeavor the College is in the process of fully implementing a revised 4+2 curriculum.  Additionally, the CoA has hired many new and highly qualified faculty as part of this revitalization. The Chair of Architecture will contribute to and energetically lead these changes and help elevate the CoA’s programs and its profile. 

The CoA’s main campus is located in Lubbock, Texas in the high plains of the West Texas and Llano Estacado regions. The Llano Estacado is one of the American West’s most unique landscapes with proximity to Marfa, Texas where the CoA is significantly engaged. The CoA Lubbock campus offers a B.S. in Architecture as well as M.Arch, M.S. and Ph.D. programs. The College also has a campus in El Paso, Texas; making the TTU CoA the only College of Architecture in North America with a permanent program on the US/Mexico border; border issues being a fundamental aspect of this program.  The CoA also has a program site in Houston, Texas for M.Arch candidates. Presently, our Houston program is under redevelopment with a shortly expected relaunch.  Finally, the CoA is both regionally and globally engaged, implementing a new semester abroad program in Seville, Spain and study abroad programs and studios located in multiple international cities.

These changes are in line with the University’s new strategic plan and in particular its attainment of Tier-One university status. The CoA has a diverse culture of students, with over 44% Hispanic students studying in all programs making the CoA the college who serves the largest percentage of Hispanic students at TTU, thus directly contributing to TTU being designated a Hispanic Serving Institution with an expected date of May 2019.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must hold a professional graduate degree in Architecture or closely related field.   

Preferred Qualifications:

Applicants must demonstrate promise of growth in teaching, research, and creative activity. The candidate must also demonstrate excellence in architectural or urban design with an ability to conduct secondary course work in related areas of study.  A post-professional degree in architecture or in a related field is desirable

A demonstrated record of effectiveness in teaching, a record of peer reviewed publications and/or peer-reviewed creative activity which has contributed to the discipline of architecture, other fields of study, and to the candidate’s intellectual and artistic development is desirable. Professional service appropriate to the discipline is not mandatory but desirable.  

Application Procedure:

Required Attachments:

Applicants should submit the following materials in digital format (PDF):

  • Letter of interest (maximum two pages) that summarizes the candidate’s creative activities, research interests or agenda, teaching experience, and service interests
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Name and contact information of three references
  • Portfolio of relevant studio teaching, professional, and/or research work (maximum twenty pages)
Optional Attachments:

  • Recommendations/Referrals
  • Research Statement

Please apply directly at this link: or you may apply through the Texas Tech University System job website: (Search for Requisition #15689BR). 

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on January 1, 2019.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited for on-campus interviews in early March 2019. Appointment will begin in the Fall 2019 semester.

Direct any questions about the position to Search Committee Chair, Chris Taylor at

EEO Statement

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university does not discriminate on the basis of an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran. Texas Tech welcomes consideration of dual career and professional couple accommodations.

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