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Associate/Full Professor in Architectural Heritage and Preservation
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted Nov. 16, 2022
Title Associate/Full Professor in Architectural Heritage and Preservation
University University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL, United States
Department School of Architecture
Application Deadline December 15, 2022
Position Start Date August 16, 2023
  • Associate Professor
  • Architecture/Landscape Architecture

The School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, tenured position in Architectural Heritage and Preservation. Appointment at the rank of Professor will be considered for candidates with an established record of accomplishments in research and teaching.


The position carries equal responsibilities in research and teaching, with teaching obligations at undergraduate and graduate levels, including graduate student advising at the Ph.D. and master’s levels. The person in this position will be expected to build an active program of scholarly research that connects with that of colleagues in the School of Architecture, the Department of Landscape Architecture, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, other units in the College of Fine and Applied Arts and across campus, attracting support through internal and external funding. Paths to impact for this position could include community outreach and engagement, community-partnered innovation, interdisciplinary and interagency collaborations, leadership in policy (trans)formation, scholarly research and publication, high-impact public communications, and other platforms and methods. This position will also support state and regional government interests and needs with respect to contracted preservation and policy work.


Requirements include a terminal degree in Architecture or a closely allied field (e.g., Landscape Architecture, Urban Design) or a terminal graduate degree in Heritage Studies, Heritage Management, or Historic Preservation with a focus on the built environment. Applicants should demonstrate an outstanding record of experience in the practice of preservation, fluency in the theory and practice of architectural heritage and preservation, a record of excellence in research and engagement, a record of excellence in teaching or clear promise thereof, and a compelling research agenda.

Additional preferred qualifications include: experience in building collaborative partnerships among stakeholders in organizing, inspiring, and catalyzing heritage and preservation initiatives through professional service and/or community engagement; a record of support for research, policy, and practice that empowers marginalized and poor communities to put placemaking, development, and regional identity in service of their economic prosperity; and experience working with Black, Latinx, and/or Indigenous communities and traditions.

Social justice dimensions are a key component of our program offerings. To increase this profile, we strongly encourage applications from individuals with demonstrable commitments to racial equity and social justice through teaching, research, and/or engagement, and a reflective approach to transforming the discipline with respect to inclusion and anti-racism. In this work the School of Architecture has support from dedicated staff at the college and campus levels who work with students, faculty, and staff to facilitate learning and transformation with regard to anti-Black racism, violence, and prejudice in all its forms.

Institutional Context:
As the second oldest school of architecture in the United States, the School stewards a worldwide legacy of educational innovation and distinguished alumni. The School offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in architectural studies, two-year and three-year professional M.Arch degrees, and a Ph.D. in Architecture. In service of these degrees, the School is organized around four program areas that integrate research and design: Detail + Fabrication, Health and Well-Being, Building Performance, and Urbanism. The School also offers joint graduate degree programs with Civil & Environmental Engineering and Urban & Regional Planning. Building upon its longstanding reputation for excellence, successful candidates will contribute to the School’s diverse and proactive approach to reshaping the field.

The School of Architecture is part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, an internationally recognized research and educational institution located in Urbana-Champaign, a vibrant university community within driving distance of Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. With the nation’s third largest research library, the University supports faculty as active researchers in the humanities, arts, sciences, and engineering through opportunities for funding and vital cross-disciplinary exchange in the campus’ many institutes, centers, and initiatives. These include the Siebel Center for Design, Campus Research Board, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and numerous other specialized centers. Additional collaborative opportunities include Krannert Museum of Art and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, each a respected international hub for innovative scholarship and public engagement.

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Application Procedures:

To ensure full consideration for the position, applications should be received by December 15, 2022. Please create your candidate profile at and upload the following as a single multi-page PDF file.  Applications not submitted through will not be considered.  Please direct any questions to Professor David Hays, Search Committee Chair at or Jennifer Steiling, Sr. Human Resource Associate at For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

  • Cover letter that also addresses research and teaching philosophy
  • Complete curriculum vitae
  • Up to three samples (50 pages in total) of professional and/or scholarly work (e.g., nominations, reports, journal articles, book chapters).
  • List of three professional references with contact information

Salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The preferred start date will be August 16, 2023.

  • The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

    Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing

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