Assistant Professor of Architecture

The Architecture Section of the Knowlton School invites applications for Assistant Professor of Architecture

The Architecture Section of the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University (OSU) is seeking candidates at the Assistant level for a tenure track position. The start date is autumn 2023. The Knowlton School seeks to attract and retain energetic, collegial individuals who are dedicated to design and research. Under new leadership, the school and the section are experiencing an exciting transition that coincides with a general rethinking of architecture’s role in the world and its renewed engagement with pressing social and environmental issues through creative practice.

School Overview

Located in the award-winning Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects-designed building on The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus, the Knowlton School fosters a singular environment for innovative design research and critical inquiry within its three sections: architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning. As part of the College of Engineering, the Knowlton School enjoys the benefits of a large research institution including collaborative relationships with departments in engineering, design, ecology, and history, as well as the Wexner Center for the Arts. The school’s ongoing catalogue of special programs includes the Baumer Visiting Professorship, the LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellowship, a lecture series, gallery exhibitions, and the Source Books series. Architecture has approximately 420 students, 19 full-time and 15 auxiliary faculty members.

The Ohio State University and the College of Engineering are committed to support and develop faculty as well as the work-life balance of its faculty. These resources include the Engineering Faculty Mentoring Program, the Better Research through Better Mentoring program, and institutional memberships to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. Learn more about faculty development at the College of Engineer’s website.

Position Overview

For this position, we are seeking candidates with a research profile and who are engaged in interdisciplinary practice. We particularly welcome candidates whose work addresses the challenges of climate change at the scale of architecture and the city. Successful candidates will lead design studios and teach classes at graduate and undergraduate levels.

Required Qualifications

  • a terminal degree in architecture or a closely allied discipline;
  • a commitment to cultivating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive academic environment.

Desired Qualifications

  • high-quality studio teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels;
  • high-quality classroom teaching at graduate and undergraduate levels, especially in the area of building technology;
  • evidence of significant emerging research and creative work;
  • a commitment to interdisciplinary education and practice.

The College of Engineering strives to be a national leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion. The college engages in and leads significant efforts to increase diversity among the field's future leaders through the office of Diversity, Outreach, and Inclusion (DOI). The DOI office offers a variety of student-centric programming designed to increase self-efficacy and foster community among historically excluded and underrepresented students and provide resources to support our faculty and staff. All faculty are expected to participate in, support, and/or lead these efforts and to contribute to the department's inclusive climate via their work in one of many ways, including but not limited to; teaching, service, mentoring and advising. To learn more about DOI, visit the College of Engineer’s website.

The Ohio State University is committed to enhancing academic excellence. Recruiting, supporting, and retaining faculty of the highest caliber is a core component of this commitment. In support of this commitment, the Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) has created the Office of Dual Careers and Faculty Relocation (DCFR) to focus on supporting new and prospective faculty and their partners. This support includes dual careers services, consultation and resources related to relocation, as well as identifying opportunities to engage on campus and the surrounding community. While employment opportunities are not guaranteed, resources and consultation are available to support the partners of new and prospective faculty as they are considering The Ohio State University as a potential future employer and throughout their transition to the university and community.

How to Apply

Applications for the Assistant Professor of Architecture are accepted through Workday.

You will be presented with the opportunity to attach up to five documents in the Application Documents section. Please include the following:

  • Attachment 1: Cover letter and three references
    should include names, title, and contact information (address, email, and telephone number). The committee will only contact references during the final stages of the search and only after notifying the candidate.
  • Attachment 2: Curriculum vitae
  • Attachment 3: Abbreviated portfolio of design work (10-15 pages)
  • Attachment 4:  Teaching statement addressing teaching experience and interests, and a statement of research interests
  • Attachment 5:  Diversity statement
    Pursuant to the university’s shared values, the search committee will ask all applicants to provide a written statement that describes your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please provide specific examples such as teaching and/or mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds, outreach activities to underrepresented groups, or conducting research that address social inequities.

Please contact Andrew Cruse (Search Committee Chair) to request accommodations for the application and/or interview.

Application Review

Application review will begin January 9th, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

College Overview

The College of Engineering provides fertile ground for innovation and collaboration. It shares the university’s land-grant mission to create, transfer, and preserve knowledge for the purpose of enhancing economic competitiveness regionally, nationally, and globally and by preparing professionals ready to advance society. The college is one of the largest, most reputable, and impactful institutions in the field with 405 faculty members. Included in this total are 328 tenure track faculty, 54 clinical track faculty, and 23 research track faculty. The college has 14 National Academy of Engineering members and numerous members of societies and reward recipients. In fiscal year 2020, the college had nearly $138.5 million in externally sponsored research expenditures. Industry R&D expenditures for the College of Engineering in fiscal year 2020 totaled nearly $44 million.

University Overview

The Ohio State University sets the stage for academic achievement and innovation. It's where friendships are forged, tradition is brought to life and a better global community is built. Our mission is as clear today as it was 150 years ago: to illuminate a pathway to education, research and health care that creates vibrant futures. Faculty and staff build the incomparable Buckeye spirit through collaboration, a strong sense of community and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Ohio State is a university that seeks and welcomes diverse ideas, perspectives, and views. Academic freedom is a core value of our institution and Ohio State is committed to creating learning opportunities in which all members of the university community can engage in frank, meaningful discussions with others of differing views. More info can be found at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Ohio State is a dynamic community where opportunity thrives, and individuals transform themselves and their world. Ohio State is a top-20 public university, enrolling over 60,000 students, and its Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is one of America’s leading academic health centers and recently ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ list of best U.S. employers for diversity. Learn more about The Ohio State University.

Columbus Overview

As the nation’s 14th largest city, Columbus invites and embraces cultural and economic diversity. We are home to Fortune 500 companies, world-class research institutes, top-ranked hospitals, and the state’s capitol. The city was named the 2015 “Intelligent Community of the Year” by the Intelligent Community Forum, called a “Midwestern style capital” by the New York Times and one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” by Money Magazine. Columbus is home to multiple dynamic arts districts. Learn more at Experience Columbus.

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF Advance Institution, a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) and have an excellent partner in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Ohio State is focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community. Therefore, the university is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be compliant with Ohio State’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

By the start of employment, all newly hired employees must receive at least the first dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of a one-dose series COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who choose a two-dose series vaccination must receive the second dose within 45 days of their start date. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hire.

Candidates may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Campus employees may also request an exemption for personal reasons. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine or OSUP Employees are not eligible for personal exemptions. All exemptions are subject to Ohio State’s approval and subject to change, including revocation, due to legal and regulatory requirements.

Additional Information

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The Ohio State University believes in diversity in people and ideas. What Ohio State does matters. And how we do it matters. When we are at our best, we make a real difference to people. Our size, breadth, geography, history and standard of excellence position us to drive the future of higher education. We believe that the university should be a place where people can work and learn together in a safe environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. As such, finalists for any faculty position that carries tenure must sign an authorization and disclosure form, which will allow current or prior employer(s) to share information to the University regarding any findings of employment-related misconduct or disciplinary proceedings against a candidate and/or any pending investigations related to alleged misconduct. Such information shall include findings and pending investigations with respect to sexual harassment, violence, or harassment; research misconduct; financial fraud or misconduct; foreign influence violations, grant misuse or misconduct; and/or any other type of finding or pending investigation relating to a candidate’s employer’s policies and rules governing faculty conduct that may reasonably be expected to affect a candidate’s appointment. If the University becomes aware of any past finding of misconduct or pending investigations that were not disclosed, Ohio State will treat that as a serious omission and reserves the right to rescind an offer or terminate employment.

Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check.  A drug screen or physical may be required during the post offer process.

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