Job Description Summary:
The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (APLA) at Auburn University, a comprehensive land-grant and research institution, seeks candidates for four full-time tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professors for appointment in the Landscape Architecture Programs with teaching responsibilities centered in design studio and one or more of the specialized topic areas indicated below, commencing August 2022.
The Auburn Landscape Architecture Programs are research-informed, design-led programs dedicated to training quality designers, addressing contemporary issues, and participating in critical landscape discourse. Grounded in the state of Alabama, we focus attention on places where the richness, complexity, and messiness of landscape is prominently felt, including post-industrial cities, infrastructural landscapes, rural landscapes, and coasts. Our curriculum places special emphasis on practices of fieldwork, landscape advocacy, and design research. At the end of our programs, students have the opportunity to work within the Alabama Lab, our design research lab.
We offer both an undergraduate degree (BLA) and a graduate degree (MLA). The first class of BLA students began their studies in August 2021. Successful candidates will contribute to the critical development and direction of this new BLA program as well as the continued refinement and improvement of the MLA program.
In addition to the BLA and MLA, our School also offers three allied degree programs: Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Interior Architecture, and Bachelor of Environmental Design. APLA resides in the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction along with the McWhorter School of Building Science and the School of Industrial + Graphic Design. Opportunities for collaboration within the School, College, and broader University abound. We participate in a legacy of engaged public interest design work exemplified by our School’s two off-campus centers: Rural Studio (Hale County, Alabama) and Urban Studio (Birmingham, Alabama), as well as our College’s futures studio (Mobile, Alabama).
The Landscape Architecture Programs seek four candidates with a strong interest in teaching design studio and the ability to teach core courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in one or more of the following areas of our curriculum:
1.) History, Theory, & Practice (with an emphasis on contemporary landscape theory; spatial justice; history of American, African, Asian, or Oceanic landscapes; and/or landscape aesthetics)
2.) Graphic Studies (with an emphasis on visual communication, digital media workflows, landscape
simulation, and/or design computation)
3.) Dynamic Systems (with an emphasis on plants, ecology, and/or hydrology)
4.) Landscape Construction (with an emphasis on material studies, construction processes, landform and grading, and/or landscape technologies)
Our studio sequences are structured to facilitate the development of sophisticated design practices by our students, with focus on site reading, form-making in relationship to aesthetic experience, and the systemic implications of design projects. Landscape advocacy, beginning design, material experimentation, and urban design are particular areas of need within the studio curriculum. As our Programs expand, we anticipate opportunities to build off-campus studio programs, both locally and abroad, and welcome applicants with interest in participating in that curricular development.
Responsibilities of all four appointments include teaching, service, and research. Successful candidates will demonstrate the capacity to maintain an active scholarly program disseminated through appropriate disciplinary venues. APLA faculty engage in and are supported in a broad range of formats for research and creative work. We are looking for hands-on collaborators who can participate in shaping a critical landscape pedagogy with us, either by building on our existing focal areas or by diversifying our expertise.
Candidates must have a Master of Landscape Architecture degree, or a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture plus a terminal degree in a related field, at the time employment begins. Excellent interpersonal skills are required. All candidates selected for these positions must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time this position is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employer.
Desired qualifications include: evidence of outstanding design skills, experience with contemporary drawing and modeling techniques (such as analog media, Rhino, Grasshopper, ArcGIS, or digital fabrication), experience in professional practice, experience in teaching, professional registration, and/or advanced degrees in Landscape Architecture or related fields. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Successful candidates will have a strong design philosophy grounded in contemporary practice and will have a track record of investigating contemporary issues through techniques that translate to a design studio setting. We strongly encourage candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our academic community to apply.
Required online submission materials include 1) a letter of interest including delineation of pedagogical and research interests; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a print-ready (PDF format) digital copy of a portfolio illustrating the candidate’s scholarly/creative work and (where applicable) examples of work illustrating prior teaching experience; 4) names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references.
Applicants interested in focus areas 1 (History, Theory, and Practice) & 2 (Graphic Studies) should apply online at https://www.auemployment.com/postings/26367
Applicants interested in focus areas 3 (Dynamic Systems) & 4 (Landscape Construction) should apply online at https://www.auemployment.com/postings/26382
If an applicant’s interest or experience spans multiple categories, it is strongly encouraged to submit materials to both candidate pools. If applicants have questions or need assistance in completing the application, including reasonable accommodations, please email Rob Holmes email@example.com.
Review of applications will begin on 24 January 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
Auburn University is understanding of the family needs of faculty including dual-career couples. Please visit the following website for additional information: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/faculty
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In accordance with Auburn University policy and applicable federal requirements, all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021, or by their first day of work, whichever is later. An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine. The university will consider requests for medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine requirement in accordance with applicable law.