Full Professor, Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Endowed Chair

University of Illinois
Salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
05 Dec 2018
05 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Endowed Chair

School of Architecture
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time tenured faculty position, for the Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Endowed Chair, at the rank of Full Professor. We seek a leader with eminent national and international experience in industry and academic settings to play a key role in research in architectural structural design, materials, and innovative engineering in relationship to architecture. 

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu 

The successful candidate will bring an active research agenda, evidence of excellence in scholarship, teaching, leadership experience, and a distinguished record of impact. Knowledge of professional practice as well as the processes and methods common to disciplinary research is required. Interdisciplinary experience working with peers, partners, or clients is a high priority. 

The Chair will serve primarily in the Building Performance Program Area of the School of Architecture and will be additionally expected to make partnerships across the Campus.  Teaching and research in Building Performance are vital to the School’s delivery of an aesthetically motivated and technically rigorous design education to undergraduate and graduate students in a research-intensive environment.  Curricular and research objectives of the Program Area are described on the school’s website: https://arch.illinois.edu/program/building-performance 

The candidate must have a record of scholarly and/or professional accomplishments demonstrating foundational knowledge of the research literature in engineering in relation to architecture, and advanced design-research scholarship. Candidates may come with a variety of professional degrees and from different academic backgrounds including but not limited to:

  • Holding a pre-professional, professional, or post-professional degree in Architecture;
  • Professional licensure in architecture or engineering;
  • PhD in architecture or related field;
  • And/or evidence of equivalent distinguished professional experience.  

Preferred experience includes demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring. in participatory learning environments.  Candidates must meet campus and departmental standards for holding an endowed professorship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. See Provost Communication 6 for more details: https://provost.illinois.edu/policies/provosts-communications/communication-6-named-faculty-appointments/#sthash.Nl2AmPdZ.dpbs. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2019. 


This position will play a leadership role in the Building Performance Program Area, the School of Architecture, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, and the University of Illinois through research, service, teaching, and public engagement.  The candidate will play an active role in new interdisciplinary research, initiate curricular efforts based on this research, and engage both undergraduate and graduate students through original research opportunities. 

Salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The Illinois School of Architecture offers a NAAB-accredited Master of Architecture degree, in addition to its B.S. and M.S. in Architectural Studies, and Ph.D. degree programs. The school also offers joint graduate degree programs with Civil and Environmental Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, and the College of Business. In 2018, the hiring professionals surveyed by Design Intelligence Quarterly (DI) ranked the school’s Master of Architecture degree program in the top 15 nationally for producing graduates who are prepared “for success in the profession and designing a sustainable future.” The QS rankings placed Illinois in the top tier globally, ranking fifth in the nation among public research universities. In addition, the school was ranked in the top 25 of Time and Money Magazine’s Affordability Rankings.

About the University of Illinois

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. The University supports faculty as active researchers in the humanities, arts, sciences, engineering, and design through opportunities for funding and vital cross-disciplinary exchange in the campus’ many institutes, centers, and initiatives. These include the Campus Research Board, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and numerous other more specialized centers. In addition, ground has been broken on the new Siebel Center for Design, and the Carle/Illinois College of Medicine has its initial cohort of students.

The arts also play a vital and recognized role in the university’s service mission as a state university, as evidenced by the historic examples of the Krannert Art Museum and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, each a respected international hub for innovative scholarship and public engagement. 

The University actively pursues a commitment to diversity through growing support for its numerous area and ethnic studies programs. Faculty and students routinely partner with these areas in their research and programming; such efforts enjoy support for activities on campus and around the world. 

Supported by the nation’s third largest research library and abundant technological resources, the University of Illinois provides a rich environment for collaboration and experimental ventures. 

Champaign-Urbana is located in East Central Illinois, within driving distance to Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. For more information, please visit www.illinois.edu for the university, www.faa.illinois.edu for the college, and www.arch.illinois.edu for the school.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by February 1, 2019. Please create your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload the following:

A letter of application, including description of your specific interests in the research environment at the University of Illinois, your primary scholarly and/or design accomplishments, and your future teaching objectives related to the position.

  • A complete curriculum vitae including postal address, email address, and phone number.
  • A research dossier including a detailed description of current and future research and sample publications.
  • An electronic portfolio including teaching outcomes and students’ work and design work.

All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. 

Please direct any inquiries to:

Professor Marci S. Uihlein, Chair
Gertrude Lempp Kerbis Endowed Chair Search Committee
School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

611 Lorado Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 USA
217.244.6284 (voice) / muihlein@illinois.edu 

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.