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Assistant/Associate Professor

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
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Aug 18, 2023

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Position: The McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University seeks applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level. The vision of the McWhorter School of Building Science is to be the global leader in education and innovation in the built environment. The mission is to create stimulating learning experiences for our students by engaging them in the discovery of the techniques and management of construction.

Position Description and Duties: The candidate chosen should be willing to engage in innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary teaching, research and/or scholarly outreach and service activities. Current areas of teaching need are MEP, Law, Structures, Project Controls, and Materials & Methods. A typical tenure track faculty workload is 70% teaching, 25% research and/or outreach, and 5% service; the percentages are negotiated with the School Head on an annual basis. The successful candidate is expected to:
  1. Teach undergraduate, graduate, distance learning, and/or hands-on courses. Opportunities to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate electives are available. A full list of courses can be found on our website:
  2. Develop an active program of scholarly research and/or outreach scholarship in accordance with the school and university mission.
  3. Actively direct graduate student research.
  4. Participate in service activities in support of the school, college, and university mission.

School Description: The McWhorter School of Building Science ( BSCI ), established in 1947, is the second oldest construction education program in the United States. BSCI maintains a proud tradition of practical and professional construction education, offering an undergraduate degree in Building Construction, a Master’s Degree in Building Construction; and a PhD in Building Construction. BSCI is an active member of the Associated Schools of Construction ( ASC ) and is fully accredited by the American Council for Construction Education ( ACCE ). For more information see .

The School is a part of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, hence offering opportunities for collaboration. The School has 21 full-time faculty members with a student population of about 650. It has six named professorships and one endowed chair, all generously supported by alumni. The School has more than 6,500 alumni, including many who lead the industry in Engineering News Record’s top ranked firms.

The construction industry and BSCI alumni are extremely supportive of the School and its activities. The School has a unique Construction Industry Fund, supported by contractors’ licensing fees since 1992, that supports research for the construction industry, program enhancement, faculty development and continuing education. Substantial recurring funds have been committed to support the school in its mission to deliver the highest quality construction education. The McWhorter School is housed in the dedicated 36,000sf LEED® Gold rated M. Miller Gorrie Center that was the result of industry and alumni generosity and leadership. The School has significant endowment funds that also support research and program enhancement. Recently, the school has received a unique gift that is dedicated to fostering student engagement with service learning.
The school is a leader in exploring Information and Visualization technology applications in construction and construction education, working with industry leaders in seeking solutions to construction industry challenges, creating collaboration opportunities between disciplines, and maintaining outreach activities.

The M. Miller and Frances Gorrie Construction Visualization lab was completed in 2019 to provide an interactive virtual teaching and learning environment to the faculty and students ( ). In addition, the three-acre Robins & Morton Construction Field Lab is available for hands-on instruction, service learning, and research ( ).

Since 2000, the school has maintained an active study abroad program for undergraduate and graduate students. This program helps our students to have an awareness of construction on a global scale while exposing them to other cultures. Approximately 25% of our students gain international experience before they graduate.

About the College: The College of Architecture, Design and Construction at Auburn, established in 1907, is the oldest in the Southeast and one of the oldest in the United States. It comprises the McWhorter School of Building Science; the School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture; and the School of Industrial & Graphic Design. The college is committed to collaboration across these disciplines. For more information on the college see .

About the University: Auburn University, a land grant institution, is an R1 institution by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It was chartered in 1856, in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn offers the baccalaureate in more than 140 areas, including exemplary programs in architecture, agriculture, building science, business, engineering, forestry, industrial design, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. The institution currently enrolls more than 30,000 students. For more information on Auburn see .

About the City of Auburn: Auburn University is located in Auburn, Alabama; 1½ hours from Atlanta, Ga., 50 minutes from the capital, Montgomery, and 2 hours from Birmingham. The Auburn School system is a recognized leader in education and is instrumental in the growth of the city. The population of the county is over 165,000 people, and offers substantial career, business, retail, and educational opportunities. Information on the school system is available at . More information is available from the Chamber of Commerce at and the City of Auburn at .

Salary: Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and based on a nine-month academic year. The McWhorter School of Building Science maintains an aggressive summer program for graduate and undergraduate students, and summer teaching positions are available. In addition, faculty members are provided with a substantial travel budget to encourage participation in professional and academic endeavors.
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on October 9, 2023, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2024. The selected candidate must be able to meet eligibility requirements in the U.S. at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue to work legally for the proposed term of employment.

For additional information contact:
Eric M. Wetzel, Ph.D.
Chair, Search Committee
McWhorter School of Building Science
334 Gorrie Center
Auburn University, AL 36849
Tel: (334) 844-5431
Auburn University is an EEO /Vet/Disability Employer.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A Master’s degree in Construction, Architecture, or Engineering OR a Bachelor’s degree in Construction, Architecture, or Engineering, and a terminal degree in a relevant field at time of hire.
  • An appropriate amount of professional employment in the construction industry that is relevant to the areas of teaching needs.
  • Potential to teach undergraduate and graduate courses relevant to the curriculum.
  • Evidence of the potential to execute construction related research/scholarship.
  • Evidence of excellent communication (oral, written, and digital) skills.
Desired Qualifications
  • Evidence of successful teaching of undergraduate and/or graduate construction courses.
  • Evidence of high-impact teaching practices and active learning.
  • Evidence of an active research/outreach program, including publications and presentations in appropriate venues.
  • More than five years of US-based progressive experience in the construction industry.
  • A Ph.D. in Construction, Architecture, or Engineering at time of hire.
  • Certifications, professional registrations, licensures, or other relevant credentials.
  • Ability to teach emerging and/or interdisciplinary topics in the built and virtual environment.
Special Instructions to Applicants

If you would like to join a talented, dedicated, and amiable faculty in a progressive learning environment for construction education, please apply online with the following materials: 1) a letter of application summarizing teaching and research interests and expertise; 2) current resume; 3) teaching and research statement; and 4) name and contact information of three professional/academic references.

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