Mississippi State University

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor


The School of Architecture, housed in the Mississippi State University College of Architecture, Art + Design, invites applications to fill two (2) full-time Tenure-Track positions in the areas of History/Theory of Architecture and Environmental Building Systems.

Department Profile

The School of Architecture (housed in the College of Architecture, Art + Design) is a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) degree granting program engaged in the issues of our time. We offer unique opportunities for innovative teaching, creative research, and substantive interdisciplinary collaboration; including the pioneering Collaborative Studios with the Building Construction Science program in the College. We pursue these commitments with a diverse faculty, all of whom teach both in the design studios and in the area of their specialization. We are deeply committed to the challenges of twenty-first century architecture; ecological and cultural sustainability, craft of making and building, collaborative practice and integrated project delivery, as well as creativity, criticality, and abstraction. All of these issues are intertwined in our research and teaching.

Position Functions

Successful applicants will teach undergraduate students both in the design studios and in core specialization courses in a B.Arch professional degree program. Candidates for either position shall possess a high level of studio teaching competence and experience, equivalent to four semesters of full-time studio teaching. Candidates are expected to have an established research agenda in their area of focus with both short and long-term plans for continued development and possible integration with required teaching assignments. Tenure-track faculty are encouraged to capitalize on the strengths of the School and the College and play a significant role in the ongoing development of both.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Successful candidate(s) will be expected to teach in various levels of architectural design studios and courses while productively engaging in peer-reviewed scholarly research and/or activities.

Successful candidates shall receive a recurring 9-month appointment throughout the tenure-track process. The typical faculty workload consists of teaching a combined total of fifteen credit-hours per academic year. Annual teaching responsibilities include two (6 credit-hour) design studios (1 studio/per semester) and one (3 credit-hour) seminar or lecture-based course to be offered in either the fall or spring semester.

A Carnegie Foundation R1-Very High Research Activity Doctoral University, Mississippi State is ranked among the National Science Foundation’s top 100 research institutions. Successful candidates will pursue a research agenda that has the potential to create a national reputation. To support their research, successful candidates will receive a research start-up package.

Service to the institution, including committee assignments and/or public outreach activities, is also expected of successful candidates.

Minimum Qualifications

Professional architectural degree and a master’s degree in architecture or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

Professional architectural registration or a PhD degree in architecture or a related field.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

Successful candidates will have qualifications to support design-studio teaching (in a NAAB accredited program) and have an established research agenda in one of the following areas: 1) Active Building Systems; 2) History and/or Theory.

Instructions for Applying

All applicants must apply online at http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/cw/en-us/job/499435?lApplicationSubSourceID= and attach a cover letter, current resume or curriculum vitae, portfolio, and the complete contact information for at least three professional references.

All applications should be addressed to: Prof. John Poros, Faculty Search Committee Chair, School of Architecture, Mississippi State University. Application PDF package must include: 1) Cover letter with a statement describing the candidate’s approach to teaching design studio along with areas of teaching, research, and creative objectives; 2) Curriculum vitae; 3) PDF Portfolio of scholarly and/or creative work; and 4) List of three references with telephone and email addresses. [NOTE: Portfolio MUST be packaged in one single PDF file; file size must be 25MB or smaller; do not upload ‘zipped’ files.]

Review of materials for both positions will begin on December 1st, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population