Job Description Summary: The McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University seeks applications for a full-time, Visiting Research professor (Assistant/Associate) primarily focused on research of mass timber and cross laminated timber (CLT) construction, with a secondary focus on prefabrication and off-site construction systems and techniques. The appointment is for a research position that would include a limited teaching component, including the development of new courses related to mass timber. The hire would be made in conjunction with a similar position in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (APLA). Both Schools are located in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC) at Auburn University. Respective candidates would be expected to encourage collaboration between the design and construction disciplines within the CADC. This is a three-year appointment, continuation of which is contingent on securing external funding for research related to mass timber. As a public land-grant institution, Auburn University’s mission is based on instruction, research, and outreach that is engaged with the state's constituents and resources. More than 70% of the State of Alabama is forested, and the wood products industry figures prominently in the State's economy and cultural memory. Alabama is a national leader in the production and innovation of engineered wood products, including mass timber. To date, research efforts around mass timber have largely been the purview of the engineering and forestry disciplines; however, there is an imperative for applied research that demonstrates the deployment of this material system in the built environment. Candidates for this position would be expected to investigate new opportunities for the procurement, assembly, and project delivery methods related to mass timber and CLT to better understand and enhance its regional and global economic, ecological, and social benefits. The Robins & Morton Construction Field Lab at the McWhorter School of Building Science will be used for teaching and research for both undergraduate and graduate students. The lab features a high-bay facility with overhead hoisting capacity, as well as a variety of equipment, storage, and classroom facilities, all of which could be utilized in the applied research of mass timber, CLT, and other prefabricated building components. The McWhorter School of Building Science offers bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in Building Construction. The school has a long-standing partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers to provide executive graduate education in construction management to professionals in the field. The School’s Center for Construction Innovation and Collaboration (CCIC) supports faculty research and serves as a liaison with industry. The School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (APLA) is the counterpart school with which the tandem hire will be made; APLA has a 110-year history of educating professionals in the fields of architecture, interior architects, landscape architects, and environmental design. Collaborative opportunities for research between faculty and students in the schools are numerous and strongly encouraged.
Minimum Qualifications • A graduate degree in building construction, construction management, architecture, engineering, or an allied field; or a relevant undergraduate degree in these disciplines and a graduate degree giving evidence of potential research productivity in a related field. • Experience in the design and/or construction of projects featuring mass timber and CLT • Evidence of the capacity and potential to develop a successful, externally funded research program in the field of mass timber and the secondary fields of building prefabrication and off-site construction relevant to the description above.
Preferred Qualifications for the position • Doctoral degree in building construction or a related field • 5 or more years of professional experience in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries and/or professional licensure • A record of successful extramurally funded research and publication of research with national-level recognition • A record of successful previous higher-ed teaching experience in AEC or allied fields The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time this position is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Auburn University is an EEP/Vet/Disability Employer. Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants must apply online at: http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/23141 Required online submission materials include: 1) a letter of interest outlining the candidate’s research and pedagogical interests; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) relevant evidence of professional experience; 4) names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references. Review of applications will begin on June 28, 2021 and continue until the position is filled, or the search discontinued. AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.
About Auburn University
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 http://cadc.auburn.edu/construction. The McWhorter School is a part of the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, hence offering opportunities for collaboration. The School has 20 full-time faculty members with a student population of about 500. It has six named professorships and one endowed chair, all generously supported by alumni. The McWhorter School of Building Science has more than 4,000 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 Con...struction 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 dedicated 36,000sf LEED® Gold rated M. Miller Gorrie Center completed in 2007 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 gift that is dedicated to foster student engagement with service learning.The school is a leader in exploring Information and Visualization technologies 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 and providing study abroad opportunities for faculty and students.The M. Miller and Frances Gorrie Construction Visualization lab is recently established to provide an interactive virtual teaching and learning environment to the faculty and students (https://cadc.auburn.edu/m-miller-and-frances-gorrie-construction-visualization-laboratory/). The newly renovated Robins & Morton Construction Field Lab is available for hands-on instructions, service learning, and research.The school maintains 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 an 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 is comprised of the McWhorter School of Building Science, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape Architecture, and School of Industrial & Graphic Design. The college is committed to collaboration across these disciplines. For more information on the college see www.cadc.auburn.edu. 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, and is located 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 25,000 students. For more information on Auburn see www.auburn.edu. About the City of Auburn: Auburn University is located in Auburn, Alabama. Auburn is located in eastern Alabama, 1- ½ 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. Auburn is a mix of the scenic South and the vibrant, growing South. The population of the county is over 125,000 people, and offers substantial career, business, retail, and educational opportunities. Information on the school system is available at www.auburnschools.org/ . More information is available from the Chamber of Commerce at www.auburnchamber.com/ and the City of Auburn at www.auburnalabama.org/ .