Assistant Professor - Construction Management - #002016

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Assistant Professor - Construction Management - #002016


Kimmel School of Construction Management

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The Kimmel School of Construction Management (KSCM) at Western Carolina University (WCU) invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Construction Management beginning August 2021. This is a nine (9) month tenure-track position. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for the position.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, advise students, be actively engaged in appropriate student organizations, develop a sustainable scholarship and research agenda, and fulfill normal institutional service duties.

The Kimmel School of Construction Management program is part of WCU’s College of Engineering and Technology (

Candidates should have a strong record, or exhibit strong promise, to contribute to the intellectual and practical lives of students and other stakeholders of the School, College, University, and Construction Industry. A focus on exceptional teaching, scholarship, service, and commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is required.

The Kimmel School of Construction Management houses both an on-campus undergraduate degree program and an online master level program in Construction Management. The School places a strong emphasis on applied, Project-based Learning as evidenced by the construction experience of our faculty. The undergraduate Construction Management program will be seeking ANSAC ABET accreditation. The Master of Construction Management program has been recognized as the No. 1 online program for 2020 by Best College Reviews.

The School seeks to attract a culturally and academically diverse faculty of high caliber. We are strongly committed and encourage applications and nominations from historically underrepresented populations.

Western Carolina University is located adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Blue Ridge Parkway offering exceptional opportunities for outdoor recreational activities. For the past four of five years, WCU has been voted the Top Adventure college in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions by Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine for its location, and opportunities for mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, fly fishing, nature photography, and outdoor life. WCU was the first University inducted into the Top Adventure College Hall of Fame.

Our main campus, in Cullowhee, North Carolina, is located approximately 50 miles southwest of Asheville, North Carolina, a location undergoing significant growth with a robust market in all construction sectors. The campus is located midway between Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia.

Carnegie statement:

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:

Candidates will be expected to have the expertise and knowledge to teach across a broad range of construction management topics. Potential topics of need include, but not limited to:

- Construction methods and materials
- Project scheduling and cost estimating
- Mechanical and electrical systems
- Construction finance, construction contracts and codes, and safety
- Construction visualization using BIM

Candidates must have demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communication along with excellent interpersonal and professional skills. In addition, they must demonstrate potential for excellence in both teaching and service based on the Boyer Model of Scholarship with a primary focus supporting students in undergraduate research.

A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must possess an earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree in construction management, construction engineering, civil engineering, architecture, architectural engineering, or a closely related discipline from a Regionally accredited institution.

A minimum of three years, or more, of U.S. construction management industry experience is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will have a minimum of five or more years of U.S. construction management industry experience with at least one year in a higher level supervisory or management level position is desired.

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must apply online. Hard copy application materials will not be considered.

Please include a current curriculum vitae, letter of application, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of scholarship / research, copy of unofficial transcripts, and a list of three professional references (with complete contact information).

For questions, or additional information, please contact Dr. Bruce Gehrig, Director of the Kimmel School of Construction Management at [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 9/23/2020
Application Due: 11/22/2020
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