August 23, 2016 Ambroziak Named Interim Associate Dean

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Katherine Ambroziak, associate professor, has been named interim associate dean for Academics and Research. Ambroziak will work with the college’s administrative team to advance the college by

  • assisting with strategic planning,
  • communicating our curricular development,
  • assisting with compliance and accreditation,
  • overseeing student academic discipline,
  • supporting student organizations and events,
  • enhancing research, scholarly work and creative engagement,
  • disseminating information on research initiatives, fellowships and other opportunities and more.

The interim appointment is for one year. The college will begin a formal internal search for an associate dean for academics and research during the 2016-2017 academic year.


Ambroziak joined the College of Architecture and Design in 2004 and was named associate professor in 2014. She specializes in cultural studies, sensory perception and contemporary memorial theory, perhaps best reflected in her work with the Odd Fellows Cemetery and Potters Field Reanimation Project that has been recognized by the AIA East Tennessee, among others.

Ambroziak also serves on UT’s Smart Communities Initiative planning team and the college’s undergraduate studies committee and chairs the School of Architecture’s undergraduate curriculum committee.

In addition to her role as an associate professor and interim associate dean, Ambroziak is design partner in time[scape]lab and principal and officer of Applied Research in Knoxville. In 2015, she and team members, Brian Ambroziak, Ted Shelton and Tricia Stuth, received a national AIA Housing Award for their transformation of Old Briar, a rural West Tennessee homestead.

Ambroziak’s numerous awards include the Fred & Rosalee Oakley Award from the Association for Gravestone Studies in 2016, the Excellence in Academic Outreach from UT in 2015 and a Yeats Architecture Competition, Highly Commended, in 2015.

With expansive experience with scholarship, Ambroziak most recently has been published in the International Journal of Design in Society, the Journal of Architectural Education, Design as Scholarship and Shaping New Knowledges, Architecture in an Expanded Field: From Interiors to Landscapes.

Ambroziak earned a master of architecture from Princeton University after earning a bachelor of science in architecture from the University of Virginia.


Photo:  Katherine Ambroziak with UT Ignite Serves students at Odd Fellows Cemetery work day, August 2016