Local recruitment: Goodrich Chair of Excellence (Environmental Engineering or Water Resources), Fall 2022

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Knoxville, TN, USA 🇺🇸


The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is seeking applications for the endowed Goodrich Chair of Excellence. The position is expected to be filled at the level of Professor (with tenure) in the area of Environmental Engineering or Water Resources. We seek a visionary leader with a distinguished record of high impact scholarship with a passion to lead collaborative and interdisciplinary research initiatives. The successful candidate is expected to sustain an exceptional record of scientific accomplishment including a vibrant, externally-funded research program; effectively mentor students from diverse backgrounds; demonstrate excellent communication skills through effective and inclusive teaching strategies; and increase the visibility of the department through impactful public and professional service. 

The Goodrich Chair will join other members of the faculty in offering and supporting current degree programs and supporting a new BS degree program in Environmental Engineering, currently in the planning stages. The department has 22 tenure-line faculty members and 3 non-tenured full-time teaching faculty and offers baccalaureate, masters, and PhD degrees with concentrations in construction, environmental, geotechnical and materials, structures, transportation, and water resources engineering. The department ranks in the top 30 US institutions in scholarly publications and citations per faculty member according to Academic Analytics. We welcome applicants who can leverage the wealth of assembled expertise in related fields across the UT systems and could collaborate with researchers at nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory through the newly-formed University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute and through a number of multidisciplinary centers including the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, and the Center for Transportation Research. As the leading university partner in UT-Battelle, the management company for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the university offers extraordinary opportunities for cutting-edge research in science and engineering.

We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and particularly invite candidates who will strengthen our diversity and educational mission of teaching excellence. The department, college, and university strive to be a welcoming community where students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds are able to belong, thrive, and contribute. The university has established a number of policies to promote work-life balance and support the professional development and overall well-being of faculty. Knoxville boasts a vibrant economy, mild climate, diverse cultural opportunities, a lively downtown area, proximity to many natural and outdoor activities, and affordable cost of living.


  • Earned doctorate in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or closely related field
  • Research and teaching interests in any area of Environmental Engineering or Water Resources Engineering
  • A distinguished record of high-impact scholarship in high-quality academic journals
  • A sustained and productive level of extramural research support
  • Excellent track record of collegial relationships, collaborative research, and student mentoring
  • Eligibility to work in the US
  • Registration as a professional engineer is considered to be beneficial, but not required

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit 1) an application letter addressing qualifications and motivation, 2) statements of research and teaching interests, 3) a complete curriculum vitae, and 4) the names and contact information for five references. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Christopher Cherry, Chair of the Search Committee (voice: 865-974-7710; email [email protected]). Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Process

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