Director of the Institute for Quality Communities – Associate Professor or Professor of Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Design, Renewable Term

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OKlahoma

Job posting number: #7224597 (Ref:if134646)

Posted: March 4, 2024

Job Description

The University of Oklahoma Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture invites applications for the 12-month renewable term faculty position at the rank of associate or full professor and in the position of Director of the Institute for Quality Communities.

The Director of the Institute for Quality Communities (IQC) is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of IQC programs and initiatives. The IQC Director reports to the Dean of Gibbs College and collaborates with GCA administrators and division directors on a range of issues impacting the college and IQC. The IQC Director shall work with faculty and students across all the college’s programs, and particularly closely with those in the Division of Planning, Landscape Architecture, and Design. The IQC Director oversees IQC staff and student assistants while coordinating regularly with planning, design, and construction faculty and industry professionals. The successful candidate shall be able to demonstrate the passion, expertise, and experience necessary to successfully advance the IQC and its objectives.

About the Institute


The Institute for Quality Communities was established in 2008 by the University of Oklahoma to enhance the quality of communities throughout Oklahoma and around the world. The IQC works lockstep with faculty and students in the college’s four divisions: Architecture, Construction Science, Interior Design, and Planning, Landscape Architecture and Design. As the Gibbs College community outreach arm, the IQC is a leading source of community engagement, placemaking, and urban design expertise in the region. In addition to the work it performs in communities across the state, the IQC hosts the nationally recognized biennial Placemaking Conference and its approximately 700 attendees on the Norman campus. The IQC has completed 112 community projects while involving over 825 students and secured over $600,000 in external funding since its inception. For more information see:


Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture


The Gibbs College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma supports a future in which all communities are designed for resiliency and empowered to maximize their social, economic, and environmental well-being. Gibbs College is home to more than 850 students through undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs across seven academic programs in Architecture, Construction Science, Environmental Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Regional and City Planning, and Urban Design. For more information about college programs, please visit

Established in 1890, the University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie R1 Institution known for its excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, including its service to the educational, cultural, economic, and healthcare needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses located in Norman, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa. OU enrolls over 32,000 students and has more than 2,700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.

Norman and Oklahoma City

Norman, Oklahoma, is a culturally rich and vibrant town located just south of Oklahoma City. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender in the “Best Places to Live” rankings. Oklahoma City was recently named one of the “50 Best Places to Travel” by Travel Leisure magazine. Visit for more information about what OU and the local communities have to offer.


Required Qualifications

  • A terminal professional degree in one of the disciplines represented in Gibbs College or in a related field.
  • Significant experience relevant to the mission of the IQC in its University of Oklahoma context.
  • Extensive community engagement, design, and/or planning experience.
  • Ability to grow and maintain IQC partnerships across the State as well as internal to the University.
  • Project management experience and administrative abilities
  • A collaborative approach to team building and problem-solving, and an ability to inspire and lead.
  • Grant writing/management experience.
  • Ability or willingness to mentor, and potentially teach on occasion, undergraduate and graduate students in project-oriented coursework.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of interdisciplinary collaborative professional practice, teaching, scholarship/ creative activity, and/or service.
  • Experience in complementary/allied disciplines such as landscape architecture, architecture, urban design, geography, or public administration.
  • Record of peer-reviewed research, design awards, or other publicly acknowledged design or community engagement work.
  • Professional registration, licensure, and/or certifications.


Salary and rank shall be commensurate with experience and proven abilities. The successful applicant shall be considered for the Wick Cary Endowed Professorship. For more information on this ranked renewable, non-tenured position, please see section 3.5.2 (C-2) of the OU Faculty Handbook.

Interested candidates should submit the following materials via Interfolio as soon as possible:

  • A comprehensive cover letter that highlights relevant experience and accomplishments
  • Current curriculum vita
  • Digital portfolio if available that demonstrates the potential for success in leading the IQC through past examples of community engagement work, grants, and/or professional work; please limit the digital portfolio submission file size to less than 100MB and a max of 25 pages
  • Full contact information from four professional references (please indicate if these are to remain confidential)

All application materials may be submitted online through the Interfolio website at:

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please submit questions by email to Dr. John Harris ([email protected]).

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Job posting number:#7224597 (Ref:if134646)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:University of Oklahoma
United States
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