University of Oklahoma

Assistant, Associate, or Full Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty


Home of the American School of Architecture and a Design Intelligence-ranked Architecture program, the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture (GCA) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty position at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor focused on Evidence Based Design, Design Research Methods, and/or Design for Well Being beginning in August 2023.  Please note that Gibbs College is also hiring one faculty member in Interior Design, one faculty member in Construction Science and three teaching fellows.

We seek emerging or established scholars, practitioner architects, and/or designers who are passionate about collaborating on research and design. The successful candidate will join a group of creative and collaborative faculty working together advance our new Curriculum and Strategic Plan.

About Gibbs College

The Gibbs College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma, whose architecture program began accepting students in 1926, supports a future in which all communities are designed for resiliency and empowered to maximize their social, economic, and environmental well-being. Gibbs College educates more than 800 students through undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs across seven academic units in Architecture, Construction Science, Environmental Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Regional and City Planning. Gibbs College is also home to the Institute for Quality Communities, a community engagement program which has completed more than 50 community projects in 28 Oklahoma counties. For more information about college programs, please visit architecture.ou.edu.

About the University of Oklahoma

Established in 1890, the University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie R1 Institution  known for its excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, including its service to the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses located in Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars; today, it is home to over 600 National Merit Scholars. Its 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No.1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013; in 2017, Architectural Digest named OU’s Bizzell Library among the 18 most stunning university libraries in the world. Learn more about OU’s aims and purpose in our “Lead On” strategic plan (2020).

Norman, Oklahoma, is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just south of Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender in “Best Places to Live” rankings. Oklahoma City was recently named one of the “50 Best Places to Travel” by Travel + Leisure magazine. Visit ou.edu/facultyrecruitment for more information about what OU and the local communities have to offer.

The successful candidate’s responsibilities may include:

  • Advancing a rigorous research, creative activity, and/or community engagement agenda, including collaborating across disciplines on research and outreach initiatives;
  • Teaching a Design Research Methods Course for students in our professionally accredited masters degree program;
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses including seminars, lecture courses, and design studios (three to four courses per year);
  • Working with faculty and students in our NAAB-accredited programs to help maintain a curriculum consistent with program goals and related accreditation guidelines;
  • Offering mentored research and or practice opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in the program;
  • University and community-based service; this service work is highly valued and critical to the University mission.

Application review will begin January 3rd and the search will remain open until the positions are filled. Read on for more information, and click hereto apply.

Required Qualifications: 

  • A minimum of an accredited master\’s degree in Architecture (international equivalent such as RIBA) or a terminal degree in a related field;
  • Potential to effectively teach architecture studios, seminars, and/or lecture courses;
  • Potential for research productivity or evidence of contributing to a successful design practice;
  • Effective communication and inter-personal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of successful collaborations in teaching, scholarly/creative activity, or community engagement;
  • Broad understanding of the role of evidence-based design;

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit the following materials via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/113914) as soon as possible:

  • A comprehensive cover letter which highlights research and/or creative activity interests and accomplishments;
  • Full contact information from four professional references (please indicate if these are to remain confidential)
  • Current curriculum vita;
  • Digital portfolio that demonstrates potential for success in teaching and scholarly/creative activity, community engagement, and service work; please limit the digital portfolio submission file size to less than 100MB and a max of 25 pages.

Application review will begin January 3rd and the search will remain open until the positions are filled. Please submit questions by email to Camille Germany (germany@ou.edu).

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to:  admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

Diversity Statement 

The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive university community by recognizing each person\’s unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Mission of the University of Oklahoma

The Mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society.