University of Tennessee School of Architecture

The University of Tennessee School of Architecture is seeking multiple full-time non-tenure-track faculty at the rank of Lecturer to teach in various areas of our professional architecture curricula. These positions are part of the growth of our B.Arch and M.Arch programs and represent our interest in new perspectives within areas of existing strength. We value teaching as a creative act, and are seeking colleagues with commitment to teaching innovation, faculty collaboration, and studio culture. We are focused on expanding access to and increasing impact of an architectural education. The School of Architecture is committed to fostering an environment of faculty growth within a discursive, pluralistic scholarly community. Multi-year renewable contracts and an articulated pathway for promotion are available within non-tenure-track ranks.

We welcome various interpretations in the following broad areas of expertise:

Building craft: design, analysis, construction, and stewardship of buildings with emphasis on material, tectonics, and detail. This area is open to individuals interested in teaching our integration studios (also known as comprehensive studios), developing design-build workshops/studios, and hybridizing emerging design cultures with vernacular languages and traditions. In this area, professional experience is especially valuable.

Theory: the epistemology of architecture and the contemporary framing of architectural ideas. This area may involve deep engagement with the foundations of architectural discourse and/or engagement with arts and humanities disciplines, cultures, and bodies of work. We are especially interested in making contemporary theory accessible and operable to students through speculative writing and narrative design. Those with this area of expertise would likely teach large format lectures and theory seminars in addition to studios.

Sustainability: the relationship between the built environment, climate change, and energy. This area welcomes faculty with deep experience with design technology including, for example, building information modeling, parametric design, or simulation software, but also those who critique “sustainability” norms in favor of alternative frames such as high-performance building, ecology, adaptive reuse, nature, resiliency, culture, and biological design. Those with this area of expertise will be asked to teach courses that cover sustainability concepts and principles as well as studios that examine the notion of territory and design-research.

Additionally, we will consider applications with a well-defined area of expertise distinct from those articulated above.

Regardless of focus area, faculty in these positions will participate in teaching under the mentorship of a coordinator and can develop syllabi of their own design. Successful candidates will articulate how their area of expertise can be brought to bear on a range of levels from beginning design to advanced design research and thesis advising. A typical teaching load sees full-time faculty in the School of Architecture teaching a studio and supplemental course—lecture, seminar or elective—each semester. These positions also have a service component, which can be fulfilled by supporting student groups, publication and dissemination of student work, and participation in the governance and operation of the School of Architecture and the College of Architecture and Design.

These salaried 9-month positions are based in Knoxville, Tennessee and invite faculty to engage in scholarship and research outside of their appointment. Research support and internal grants are available. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is the flagship campus of The University of Tennessee. The University of Tennessee holds the Carnegie Foundation Research 1 designation, granted to doctoral universities with very high research activity. As a land-grant university and as Volunteers, serving the state and nation are integral to the university’s mission. UT enrolls approximately 33,805 students at its Knoxville campus. The University culture is guided by adherence to core values that define the Volunteer spirit and include seeking knowledge, leading with innovation and integrity, advancing access and inclusion, engaging locally and globally, and embracing responsible stewardship of resources.

The School of Architecture is the largest of four schools within the College of Architecture and Design offering NAAB-accredited B.Arch and M.Arch degrees. A post-professional graduate degree is under development and new undergraduate majors, tracks, and certificates are being considered. We develop significant offerings to the general population of the university and regularly collaborate with other schools in the college to offer interdisciplinary studios, lectures and seminars.

This in-person position requires candidates to hold a professional architecture degree, (B.Arch or M.Arch) or international equivalent. A post-professional education, especially if degree earned was a B.Arch, is preferred but not required. A PhD or progress toward a PhD is a highly valued additional scholarly credential but is not required.

These positions are open to those with little or no teaching experience. Salary and initial contract duration are commensurate with experience. Review of applications will commence April 8 and we will accept applications on a rolling basis until multiple positions are filled.

The following materials are required to apply:

  • CV in PDF format
  • Cover letter in PDF format, which articulates interest in building craft, theory, design technology, or sustainability and a statement of teaching values or teaching philosophy (1-2 pages)
  • Portfolio of creative work in PDF format (5 pages max)
  • Portfolio of teaching work in PDF format including outlines, abstracts, or diagrams of course ideas for those with little or no teaching experience. Work that resulted in teaching as a TA or in other collaborative environments is also welcome. (5 pages max)
  • Name, title, and contact info for three references in PDF format (1 page)

To apply:

  • Please ensure that all files are a combined size of 25MB or less (PDFs will be viewed on screen; print resolution is not necessary)
  • Email attachments with a subject line, “teaching position application” to archinfo@utk.edu
  • Questions about this position can be sent to Carl Lostritto, Director of the School of Architecture, clostrit@utk.edu

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. Requests for accommodations of a disability should be directed to the Office of Equity & Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3560 or oed@utk.edu or (865)974-2498. 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 Investigation & Resolution 216 Business Incubator Building 2450 E.J. Chapman Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 or (865)974-0717 or investigations@utk.edu.