University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Assistant/Associate Professors of Architecture



The University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Open Date

Oct 24, 2022


The University of Tennessee – Knoxville (UTK) invites applications and nominations for two (2) full-time tenure-track faculty members at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, effective August 2023. Successful candidates will demonstrate promise as design studio instructors capable of contributing expertise to a curricular area described below. The School of Architecture values diversity among its faculty, is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Areas of Expertise
The School seeks candidates capable of stellar teaching in undergraduate and graduate studios and who engage spatial, material, technical, historical, ecological, social, cultural, and/or economic issues through the lens of either:

  • Environmental design and technology at the intersection of architecture, climate, and energy, and/or
  • Advanced design-driven research through a creative practice

Candidates should identify one of the above areas and describe specific contributions to required undergraduate and graduate courses in history & theory, design & building technology, representation, or elective seminars. Use of simulation, computation, fabrication, and visualization to design, analyze, speculate, and pursue the knowledge, literacies, and agility needed to respond to complex global and local conditions are encouraged. Processes, tools, and methods that position architecture as citizenship, evolve design traditions and curricula, and engage in design/build, advocacy and participatory pedagogies are valued.

UTK School of Architecture faculty are required to engage through research. Candidates must articulate a proposed research agenda comprised of creative work, scholarly publication, engaged research, technical analysis, and/or other forms of intellectual investigation.

About the School of Architecture
The School of Architecture is committed to excellence in design education, creative activity, research, and outreach missions. Our school benefits from its location in the College of Architecture and Design which offers degrees in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Graphic Design and in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Research-1, land-grant university that houses 11 colleges and 900+ programs of study. Degrees in the School of Architecture include NAAB accredited B.Arch and M.Arch degrees and a dual degree with the School of Landscape Architecture.

Twenty-seven faculty members, with a breadth of experiences and expertise, enjoy educating and working with over 400 architecture students. Generous state scholarship programs make education accessible to students from a broad range of backgrounds and income levels. Over 30% of our students are from out of state or international.

Faculty deliver curriculum in two main facilities: the 160,000-square-foot Art + Architecture Building, in the center of UT Knoxville’s campus, and the 20,000-square-foot Fab Lab, an advanced maker space in downtown Knoxville. The “A+A” is an award-winning building which features open studios, a four-story atrium, the Ewing Gallery, a woodshop, review spaces, and lecture halls. Our Fab Lab, with over one-million dollars of equipment, including advanced machinery for digital and robotic fabrication, allows our faculty and students to integrate state-of-the-art fabrication technology into design education and research.

The school is committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and to addressing the family needs of faculty members including dual-career couples, sole-provider or single-parent families, and faculty with family caretaking responsibilities.

About the Area
Known as ‘The Maker City,’ Knoxville is the third largest city in the state with a metropolitan statistical area population of over 850,000 people. The region is a hub for research and design with a focus on environmental research, urban studies, and advanced technologies such as additive manufacturing technology and advanced fiber composites. East Tennessee benefits from collaborative synergies with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Innovative companies are headquartered in the area including Branch Technology (architectural scale additive manufacturing).

Downtown Knoxville boasts an effervescent nightlife with theater, film, art, music, and well-recognized events and festivals like Big Ears, a vibrant live music scene across all genres, excellent restaurants, minority-heritage celebration events, farmers’ markets, and community gardens. Unique and walkable residential and business districts include Knoxville\’s historic Market Square and Old City, North and South Waterfronts, and the Urban Wilderness recreational area. Knoxville and the surrounding region also benefit from the energy and advocacy of civic, business, maker, cultural, religious, neighborhood, minority communities, and organizations invested in local quality of life.

Within a fifteen-minute commute of campus, Knoxville offers a diverse range of housing from downtown lofts to homes in historic tree-lined neighborhoods. The city and county offer strong public and private K-12 educational options including public international baccalaureate, art and science magnet programs, as well as private, religious, and Montessori schools. Knoxville\’s neighborhoods benefit from easy access to parks and multi-use trail systems. The nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park and TVA reservoir-lakes provide stellar outdoor recreation including biking, water sports, climbing, and hiking.


Required Qualifications
Candidates must hold at least one of the following: an undergraduate degree in architecture and a graduate degree in architecture or a related field; a professional graduate degree in architecture; a doctoral degree in architecture or a related field; or international equivalent of any of these. Candidates wishing to be considered for rank of Associate Professor require a minimum of 5 years of experience at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Desired Qualifications (address those applicable)
On Teaching

  • Teaching experience in the university setting
  • Experience or capacity for integrating emerging technologies with studio, seminar and/or lecture teaching
  • Experience with or ability to implement experimental teaching in terms of modality, methodology, and/or format
  • Experience with or aptitude for teaching collaborative and/or interdisciplinary courses

On Creative Accomplishments, Design Excellence

  • A portfolio of architectural design that strives for impact on culture, society, the planet, region(s), and communities
  • A creative practice that participates in the discipline of architecture through tool-making, critique, prototyping, or other means
  • Architectural license and/or experience that exhibits exceptional professional practice integrating beauty, equity, resilience, and environmental performance

On Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity, and Engaged Scholarship

  • Experience or capacity for successful grant-writing
  • Experience with or potential contribution to collaborative and/or interdisciplinary research
  • Experience with or promise of disseminating creative accomplishments via scholarship and/or awards

On Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Collaboration

  • A record of or aptitude for tackling issues that advance decoloniality in architecture.
  • Experience with facilitating or teaching others about identifying and addressing inequalities endemic to the built environment and/or profession
  • A creative practice or scholarship that engages and foregrounds content, cultures, and bodies of knowledge from historically underrepresented communities
  • A record of or proposals for centering student success, student empowerment, and the development of inclusive cultures within studio and classroom settings

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Application Instructions

Submission Materials
• A Statement of Interest not exceeding 2 pages that clearly identifies an area of expertise above, summarizes the candidate’s accomplishments, and articulates a proposed research agenda; identify specific alignments with required and applicable desired qualifications

• Curriculum Vitae

• Portfolio of research, scholarship, and/or creative work not exceeding 20 pages

  • An optional, 10-page teaching portfolio may include student work and/or excerpts from syllabi
  • Contact information for three references; contacted only upon approval from candidate

Initial review of applications will begin on December 15, 2022, with continued review until the position is filled

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.