Chair in Residential Building Construction
Pennsylvania State University - Pennsylvania

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Construction: Faculty Position, The College of Engineering at
The Pennsylvania State University seeks candidates for the Bernard
and Henrietta Hankin Chair in Residential Building Construction.
This Chair was established in 1988 with a $1m endowment from the
Hankin family. It provides an opportunity for an energetic and
enthusiastic faculty member to join the Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering and/or the Department of Architectural
Engineering to further engineering excellence in the home building
industry through teaching, research, technology transfer and public
service. Applicants should: have an engineering or construction
management background; have substantial knowledge and experience in
the field of residential building design and construction; be
recognized in the housing industry; have a Ph.D. or equivalent.
Eligibility for appointment as a tenured full professor is
desirable but not required. Professional registration is desired.
The holder of this Chair is expected to have the vision for
integrating an engineering approach into residential design,
construction, and land use, with the goal of promoting quality
community development. The holder of the Chair will be capable of
considering environmental, social and economic issues and will work
with home builders, housing manufacturers, architects, landscape
architects, engineers, surveyors, housing developers, urban
planners and real estate professionals. A major duty of the Hankin
Chair is to provide leadership for the Pennsylvania Housing
Research Center (PHRC), located in the Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering and formed in 1979. The PHRC is a
technically oriented center; past research activities have focused
on the following broad areas: subdivision infrastructure systems;
building science; energy analysis and optimization;
characterization, testing and modeling of structural systems and
materials; information technology; leadership and management in the
home building industry; technology transfer; construction
management; and sustainable development and design. The PHRC has
four technical and administrative support staff and participation
of faculty from inside and outside the College of Engineering. The
Chair directs the home building industry focus within the College
of Engineering and takes advantage of collaborative opportunities
with the College of Arts and Architecture, various centers within
Penn State (e.g., Smart Spaces Center, the Center for
Sustainability, Protective Technology Center), the Pennsylvania
Builders Association (PBA) and the National Association of Home
Builders (NAHB). In addition, the holder of the Chair is expected
to provide leadership in advancing education in the field by
teaching and administering undergraduate and graduate courses,
conducting independent funded research, advising students,
participating in technology transfer and other public service
activities, providing guidance to the student chapter of the
National Association of Home Builders and proactively interacting
with the home building industry. Nominations and/or applications,
including a curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research
interests and a list of at least three references should be
submitted electronically in a single, pdf file to: Hankin Professor
Search Committee Chairperson,, The Pennsylvania
State University, 101 Hammond Building, Box HAC, University Park,
PA 16802. The search committee will begin to review applications on
February 1, 2011 and will continue to accept nominations and/or
applications until the position is filled. The appointment is
expected to begin Fall Semester, 2011. We encourage applications
from individuals of diverse backgrounds. Any questions related to
the position can be directed to Professor Daniel Willis, Search
Committee Chair, via email at or by phone at
1-814-863-2451. Penn State is committed to affirmative action,
equal opportunity, and the diversity of its workforce.

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