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

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Knoxville, TN, USA 🇺🇸

Location: Knoxville, TN

Open Date: Dec 05, 2022


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 (tenure-track) 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 24 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 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.

UTK is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University. The University welcomes and honors people of all races, genders, creeds, cultures, and sexual orientations, and values intellectual curiosity, pursuit of knowledge, and academic freedom and integrity.

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 is a hidden gem with a beautiful and walkable downtown, a diverse music scene including internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural and outdoor activities. UTK is located within easy driving distance to the Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville, Atlanta, and Nashville. Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people.


  • 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 cherry@utk.edu). Applications will be reviewed beginning February 1 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.





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