Open-Rank Professor of Construction Science

The University of Oklahoma
Goldsby, OK
Closing date
Dec 2, 2023

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Open-Rank Professor of Construction Science

Norman, OK
Open Date:
Jun 29, 2023

The Haskell & Irene Lemon Construction Science (CNS) Division at the University of Oklahoma's (OU) Gibbs College of Architecture (GCA) invites applications for an assistant/associate/full professor 9-month position that will be tenure-track or tenured, beginning in January or August 2024. The successful applicant will join a tight-knit group of faculty who share the mission to prepare students to be leaders in the construction industry by fostering a student-centered, collaborative learning environment that benefits local, state, national and international communities through innovative teaching, research, and service in support of GCA's strategic plan.

The Division's significant endowment supports strong leadership, a cadre of passionate and impactful faculty, and a pattern of student success in regional, national, and international competitions. The GCA's history in helping develop the design build movement continues today through the program's balanced approach towards entrepreneurship and hands-on collaborations. The CNS undergraduate program has been accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) since 1990. Go to for more information about the program.

The CNS Division continually strives to develop and strengthen industry relationships in a growing metropolitan construction market. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to help shape the future direction of the Division. The position offers the following notable opportunities:
  • Work with inspired leadership and nationally recognized faculty committed to creative and innovative approaches to construction education.

  • Develop teaching and research collaborations across the College that include nationally recognized architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and regional and city planning disciplines.

  • Benefit from professional development support from the Haskell & Irene Lemon Endowment and GCA.

  • Contribute to the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Planning, Design, and Construction degree.

Our Culture of Excellence

The Gibbs College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma, whose Construction Science program was launched in 1983, supports a future in which all communities are designed for resiliency and empowered to maximize their social, economic, and environmental well-being. Gibbs College educates more than 800 students through undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs across four academic units in Architecture, Construction Science, Interior Design, and Planning, Landscape Architecture and Design. For more information about college programs, please visit

About the University of Oklahoma

Established in 1890, the University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie R1 Institution (Very High Research Activity) known for its excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, including its service to the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses located in Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars; today, it is home to over 600 National Merit Scholars. Its 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No.1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013; in 2017, Architectural Digest named OU's Bizzell Library among the 18 most stunning university libraries in the world. Learn more about OU's aims and purpose in our "Lead On" strategic plan (2020).

Norman, Oklahoma, is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just south of Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender in "Best Places to Live" rankings. Oklahoma City is amongst the fastest-growing large cities in the US, and was recently named one of the "50 Best Places to Travel" by Travel Leisure magazine. Visit for more information about what OU and the local communities have to offer.

Required qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in construction or a related field. Applicants with ABD status will be considered if the requirement for Ph.D. can be completed during the first year of employment

  • A minimum of three (3) years of relevant professional experience in the design and construction industry

  • Demonstrated expertise related to the CNS curriculum and ability to teach courses in more than one construction topic

  • Potential to develop an externally funded research agenda

  • Ability to support a collegial and collaborative working environment in addition to possessing effective communication and inter-personal skills

  • A commitment to providing students with an engaged and high-quality educational experience
Preferred qualifications:
  • Prior teaching experience in construction higher education

  • Prior success receiving external funding for research projects

  • Strong preference for the ability to teach at least three (3) existing courses in the CNS curriculum, including but not limited to construction safety, surveying, construction document reading and quantity surveying, computer applications in construction, and construction materials and methods

  • Professional experience the US construction industry

  • A collaborative research agenda in support of Division and GCA goals

  • Certifications and/or licenses (for example CPC, PMP, PE, DBIA, LEED AP)

Application Instructions:
Applications should be submitted online via Interfolio at TBDInterested candidates are requested to submit the following materials:
  • Cover letter which highlights relevant experiences and accomplishments

  • Current curriculum vita

  • Information regarding supported research and/or sample of scholarly article (applicant as first author)

  • Contact information for three (3) professional references

  • All application materials may be submitted online through the Interfolio website at: Interfolio

Application review will begin September 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated date for a shortlist is September 25, 2023, with interviews during the month of October. Please submit questions by email to Dr. Tammy McCuen (

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, housing, services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.

Diversity Statement

The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive university community by recognizing each person's unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Mission of the University of Oklahoma

The Mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society.

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