Temporary Assistant Professor in Architecture



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Job description

Requisition Number: FE03429

Department Name: 8N100:School of Architecture

Work Location: Lexington, KY

Type of Position: Faculty

Tenure Track Status
Non-Tenure Track

Required Education: Professional degree in the field (M.Arch or equivalent). Ph.D. in a topic related to Architectural History and Theory is required; near-completion of Ph.D. is acceptable.

Required Related Experience: Teaching experience in modern and contemporary architecture history and theory is required. Experience in teaching writing is recommended as is experience in teaching design studio.

Job Summary

The School of Architecture in the University of Kentucky College of Design seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-ineligible Temporary Assistant Professor to teach a writing-intensive history and theory lecture course in Modern and Contemporary Architecture as well as seminars and design studio during the academic year 2023-24.

This position provides the opportunity to teach motivated students in a program committed to the history and theory of architecture, design innovation and experimentation, and building technology and fabrication. Teaching experience in modern and contemporary architecture history and theory is required. Experience with teaching writing is recommended as is experience with teaching design studio. Applicants with demonstrated passion for and innovative ideas about preparing students for the future will be prioritized. The successful candidate will also possess an enthusiastic desire to explore, define, and expand their design research agenda as the position provides the opportunity to share research in a public lecture to college and professional partners.

Applicants should have an earned Ph.D. in a topic related to Architectural History and Theory; near completion is also acceptable. A professional degree in the field (M.Arch or equivalent) is required. Application materials should demonstrate expertise in modern architectural history and theory as well as a comprehensive understanding of current architectural practices and contemporary modes of design and production.

The selected candidate will be appointed to a full-time temporary, tenure-ineligible 9-month faculty position in the School of Architecture, starting August 16, 2023. The initial appointment will not exceed one (1) year. Salary is competitive and based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

About the School of Architecture

As the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s sole NAAB accredited Architecture program, UK offers a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, as well as two- and three-year Master of Architecture programs. Established in 1965, the School of Architecture today employs 30 full and part-time faculty, who teach over 300 graduate and undergraduate students. Our program is poised for transformation with a new College of Design building and facilities for the School of Architecture, as well as new College leadership that will leverage our school’s strengths towards an outstanding, vibrant future.

The School of Architecture has a rich academic tradition as an open-minded setting that supports diverse intellectual approaches within a rigorous architectural curriculum. Throughout its history, Kentucky’s academic environment, one which balances diversity, connectivity, and ingenuity, has attracted outstanding faculty and students, enabling many to reach the highest levels of national academic and professional achievement. On the University of Kentucky’s flagship campus in Lexington, the School strives to fulfill the University’s bold Land Grant Mission by delivering exceptional design thinking to improve our region’s built environment and the lives of its citizens.

The School of Architecture intentionally supports an authentic environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion through its design programming and academic curricula. As we honor and serve communities across the Commonwealth through our teaching, research, and service, we encourage wide-ranging creative expression among the school’s faculty, staff, and students. We extend this commitment of inclusivity to our recruiting and hiring, and welcome applicants who have a deep interest in advancing this mission. We encourage applications from members of all underrepresented groups, as well as individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations (e.g., racial/ethnic, income, immigration status, sexual orientation/gender identification, etc.). As a member of the state’s flagship institution, we pledge to ensure that our campus is a place where differences are welcomed and valued, different perspectives are respectfully heard, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging and inclusion.

Employment at UK comes with rewards that focus on total well-being and career development, with leadership striving to provide a strong work-life integration. To learn more about these benefits, please visit: https://www.uky.edu/hr/

The University of Kentucky considers the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community to be a top priority. In alignment with this priority, all new hires must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or obtain an approved medical or religious exemption as a condition of employment. For areas that fall under the federal CMS mandate, start of employment cannot occur until two weeks after receiving the full COVID-19 vaccination series or upon obtaining an approved exemption. Only vaccines approved by the World Health Organization can be accepted.

How to apply

Please apply directly via the UK Jobs System at https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/452503. A complete application must include and will be evaluated based on the following materials:

  • Cover Letter addressing your relevant qualifications and interest in this position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Specific Request 1 – Portfolio of Work (teaching and research)

Please also include the names and contact information for three additional references when prompted in the application. This information will not be solicited without applicant’s consent, after achieving finalist status. Review of applications will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until March 15, 2023.

Questions about the position should be addressed to Jeffrey Johnson, Acting Director of the School of Architecture, at [email protected]. For more information about the College of Design and the University of Kentucky, please visit: https://design.uky.edu/.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?: No

Open Until Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.