Copy of Associate Dean for Research & Innovation

The Texas Tech College of Architecture (CoA) seeks an Associate Dean for Research (ADR), who will play an important role in shaping the CoA’s goals in leading critical discussions in architectural and urbanism research, as well as design research and innovation. The ADR is an administrative role within the CoA with direct oversight of tenure and promotion for CoA faculty, faculty development, research grants and opportunities, grants oversight, research assessment within CoA, and guidance of all centers and research units of the CoA. The successful candidate will set forth a vision for constructing a research culture within the CoA that builds on and broadens existing collaborative research efforts and individual faculty research and contribute to the CoA’s increased prominence and emphasis on design excellence. The position will require teaching within the core curriculum of the CoA, as well as the broad integration of research activities of the faculty within the pedagogy of the CoA at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. The ADR works directly with the Dean of the CoA, the Associate Dean of Academics, the Executive Director of the CoA, and the Department Chair.


Candidates must possess a strong record of personal accomplishments (scholarly or creative activity), a record of collaboration, a record of securing federal and foundational funding for their own personal or team initiatives, and a record of distinguished and/or innovative research, demonstrating a fluency in design research and activity. The candidate should thus have a record of excellent administrative experience, distinguished teaching, and while a Ph.D. is preferred, individuals with a professional or terminal degree in architecture or related fields are enthusiastically encouraged to apply.


The ideal candidate will be a strong leader and effective communicator, able to provide positive, clear, and innovative guidance on developing the strategic plan for the CoA’s Office of Research & Innovation. The ideal candidate will have a committed and proven ability to work with a diverse body of faculty and diverse student populations. The ideal candidate should be tenured or should be able to demonstrate a record of teaching, creative work/research and service that is commensurate with tenure at Texas Tech at the Associate or Full Professor level.


Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University (TTU) is a Tier 1 research institution in Lubbock, Texas with over 38,000 students.  The main campus is located in the wide-open expanses of the American Southwest and its unique cultural and physical landscape with proximity to the artistic mecca of Marfa, Texas where the College is establishing a growing presence.  In addition, the CoA is the only school of architecture with a regional site on the U.S./Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. The CoA also conducts a robust study abroad program in several countries including Korea and Singapore and has established a new semester abroad program at the TTU’s center in Seville, Spain.  TTU is part of the Texas Tech University System which consists of four component institutions and operates at multiple campuses and academic sites across the state and the globe and includes a new campus in San Jose, Costa Rica.


College of Architecture

The CoA graduates students through the B.S. Architecture, professional M. Architecture, M.S. Architecture, and an interdisciplinary PhD in Land­Use Planning, Management, and Design (LPMD).  M.S. degrees are offered in Digital Design & Fabrication, Urban & Community Design, and Health & Wellness Design. Moreover, graduate certificates are also offered in Digital Design and Fabrication, Health Care Facilities Design, Health and Wellness Design, Historic Preservation and Conservation, Land Arts of the American West, and Urban and Community Design.



The CoA celebrates continued rank increases by Design Intelligence in the category of “most hired from schools” (#10 in 2019). Additionally, the CoA is ranked as the #1 Hispanic serving college of architecture in the nation by the Hispanic Outlook on Education in 2019.



CoA mission and core values:

CoA statement on diversity and inclusion:

Texas Tech University’s statements on diversity and inclusion:


Required Qualifications

Candidates must have:

  • a terminal degree in Architecture (professional M. Arch degree or equivalent international degree or professional equivalency);
  • Progressive administrative experience


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Post-professional degree in the area of expertise
  • Ph.D. degree in the area of expertise and/or equivalent experience in professional practice
  • A record of grants management oversight
  • A record of securing federal and foundational funding for personal or team initiatives
  • Administrative experience
  • a strong research and creative work agenda;
  • a record of collaboration;
  • a record of distinguished and/or innovative research, demonstrating a fluency in design research and activity; and
  • a distinguished teaching experience in the area of expertise.


Application Procedure:

Please apply through the Texas Tech University System job website at (Search for Requisition # 19560BR) or follow the link provided:

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Skype in mid-February with a potential for on campus interviews in early March 2021 if permitted under then current pandemic conditions. If in person interviews are not possible, finalists will be asked to attend subsequent virtual interviews. The appointment will begin at the start of the Fall 2021 semester.


Required Materials

Applicants should submit the following required materials in digital format (PDF):


  • Letter of Interest that summarizes the candidate’s creative activities, research interests or agenda, teaching experience, and service interests
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Vision Statement for CoA Office of Research & Innovation
  • Research and Creative Work Statement (1 page)
  • Teaching Vision Statement (1 page)
  • Diversity Statement- The CoA is committed to inclusive excellence. We request that all applicants submit a statement explaining how their previous and potential contributions enhance a culture of diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, creative activity and/or service.
  • Samples of research, scholarship and/or creative work
  • References (3), noting professional relationship and contact information


EEO Statement

As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.