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Director, School of Architecture
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Date Posted Nov. 3, 2021
Title Director, School of Architecture
University University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department College of Architecture and Design
Application Deadline Dec. 15, 2021
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2022
  • Director/Manager
  • Administration - Academic Unit
    Senior Administration

The University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of the School of Architecture.

The School of Architecture seeks intellectually motivated candidates capable of leading an ambitious group of faculty, students, and staff forward while addressing, in a meaningful manner, the complexities of the discipline, the profession, and a diverse society. The Director is responsible for the intellectual, organizational, and strategic ambitions of the school and should be comfortable with and supportive towards a plurality of approaches related to teaching, research, engagement, and practice.

In a time of growth and change for the school, college, and university, there are many opportunities to both harness and hone what the school has already established through its deep history as well as plotting new trajectories into the near and far future. This requires a leader who maintains a broad stance in the discipline and demonstrates the capacity to synthesize across a wide array of approaches and tactics that include architectural practice, environmental and social justice, culture and politics, visualization and representation, logistics and economies, computation and information, ecologies and metabolisms, as well as the many other entangled global issues currently facing architecture and society.

In addition to intellectual leadership, the Director should be fiscally, organizationally, and managerially well-equipped to lead the school while fostering and maintaining a culture of collaboration with other schools in the college-interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design. The Director should understand the shared project among the varied constituencies of the college and the school, and should be able to listen and communicate sensibly to a wide range of faculty, administrators, students, alumni, and others. The Director manages the budget, advocates on behalf of the school both internally and externally, and plots strategic futures financially and organizationally. The Director should understand the relationship between the minutiae of daily organizational decisions as a function of the larger goals and dreams.

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 and who embody these values. The Director must lead the school with earnest and conscientious attention to the full range of people involved in the operation. Working with administration, faculty, staff, and students, the Director is responsible for fostering an inclusive and equitable academic community, developing meaningful strategies for addressing institutional and discipline-specific inequities, and diversifying the next generations of design professionals.

Minimum Required Qualifications
Candidates must hold at least one of the following: a professional 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.
Candidates must possess research, scholarship, creative work, and/or practice that merit appointment at the rank of full professor.

Desired/Preferred Qualifications
On Leadership

  • Demonstrated record of visionary, strategic, and creative leadership.
  • Demonstrated skills in communications and active listening in collaborating with diverse constituencies, such as campus community, professional community, local community, alumni, and other stakeholders.
  • Interpersonal skills that indicate a high level of professionalism, initiative, resourcefulness, and personal accountability.
    On Creative Accomplishments, Design Excellence
  • Brings a portfolio of research, scholarship, creative work, engagement, and/or practice that demonstrates the ability to pursue self-directed intellectual objectives.
  • Holds an architectural license or equivalent international credentials.
    On Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Demonstrated commitment to effectively act on the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    On Teaching
  • Accomplishments demonstrating a clear understanding of undergraduate and graduate level design education in support of excellent studio-based design instruction.
  • Demonstrated support for traditional and emergent technologies and the development of innovative, future-oriented curricula.
    On Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity, and Engaged Scholarship
  • Demonstrated support for a plurality of approaches to architectural research, scholarship, creative work, and engagement, and experience in supporting faculty to realize those diverse research objectives.
  • Established record of working across academic or disciplinary design units and programs.
    On Management, Fostering Partnerships
  • Demonstrated understanding of the research, instructional, service, and engagement demands of a Research-1, land-grant university.
  • Established experience with fiscal management, facilitation, and negotiation including fundraising and a forward-thinking approach to growth and management.
  • Demonstrated record of identifying and partnering with professional and industry partners who advance curricular and research initiatives and strategic goals.

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 dual degrees with the Schools of Landscape Architecture and Interior Architecture.

Twenty-seven faculty members, with a wide range 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 27% of our students are from out of state or international. The school benefits from generous support from alumni, friends of the school, and the regional profession.

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.

In addition, the school is highly 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 with headquarters in the area include startups like Local Motors (urban mobility) and 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 also 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 also benefit from easy access to parks, multi-use trail systems, and the Urban Wilderness. The nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park and TVA reservoir-lakes provide stellar outdoor recreation including biking, water sports, climbing, and hiking.

Submission Materials

  • Statement of Interest that summarizes the candidate’s accomplishments and articulates a clear vision for our school that pertains to research, scholarship, creative work, and/or engaged scholarship; teaching; service; and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Portfolio of research, scholarship, and/or creative work.
    Initial review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021, with continued review until the position is filled.

Materials to be sent to Interfolio:

  • The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. 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.

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Contact Information

  • Anne Smith
    College of Architecture and Design
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Knoxville, TN


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