Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture (3 positions)

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture (3 positions)

Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture (3 positions)

SUNY ESF College of Environmental Science and Forestry

The Department of Landscape Architecture (DLA) at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) is seeking candidates for three academic year, tenure-track positions at the Assistant Professor rank, starting in August of 2023.

We encourage applications from landscape architecture scholars who embrace the opportunities afforded by ESF for inter- and transdisciplinary teaching, research, and creative practice. At ESF, faculty are not expected to succeed in isolation, but instead join a structured network of faculty partners who support one another. Through our connections across the college, at SU, SUNY Upstate, and beyond, we help new faculty launch successful, collaborative academic careers. Existing research networks of DLA faculty include the recently developed Urban Sustainability cluster, Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation, Center for Biosphere Reserve Studies, and Center for Community Design Research. The position outlined below builds upon, and expands, existing strengths and emerging areas of the discipline, balancing breadth and depth in the expertise of our faculty.

Data-Driven Design
A rapidly growing area of research in the DLA involves landscape visualization, virtual reality, alternative futures analysis, and other data-driven approaches to landscape planning and design. New facilities in our renovated building include cutting edge computing technology. These resources support an area of research that is attracting significant interest from our colleagues in the sciences and from funders. We seek to grow this area by hiring a new faculty member with teaching and research expertise in one or more of the following areas: geodesign; data/BIM interoperability; responsive technologies and landscape performance; parametric modeling/generative design; AI and design; remote sensing/drones/UAV imaging; big data/social media; and science communication. Beyond expertise in the technologies, we are looking for someone who critically engages in the implications of data-driven design, digital tools, and representation.

Community and Place-Based Planning and Design
Community and place-based research and teaching in the City of Syracuse, Upstate New York, and other locations nationally and internationally has been central to the DLA for all its history. We seek to hire someone who will embrace this legacy while also expanding this domain in new and innovative ways. In particular, we seek to deepen our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in landscape architecture and the built environment with this position. Candidates for this position will join the efforts of other DLA faculty to address the climate crisis and interrelated environmental, social, and economic systems that influence and contribute to mitigation, adaptation, sustainability, and resilience. A successful candidate would have an area of focus in one or more of these areas: diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in teaching and in design; community engagement and participatory research; design activism; behavioral factors in design; qualitative research methods; community design; cultural landscapes; or universal design.

Interdisciplinary Design and Planning with a Design Studio Focus
The design studio is the heart of our BLA and MLA curricula, and most department faculty teach design studios. In a college of environmental science, the design studio is a unique pedagogical vehicle that is adaptable, flexible, and a model for innovation, one that serves as an incubator for transformative ideas that address pressing societal needs. We are looking for someone who understands the studio environment as a place of mentoring that supports the diversity of students engaged in the learning process. This means engaging in a contemporary approach to teaching design that allows for a diversity of paths and paces for learning, questioning outdated paradigms that insist all student work meet predetermined visual, technical, and conceptual standards. The person hired for this position would delve into the transdisciplinary nature of landscape architecture by raising questions that prompt investigation of the complicated intersections of our discipline.

This position is open-ended in terms of specific subject area specializations. We welcome applications from candidates who are strong design instructors and who also have an area of expertise in one or more of the following: landscape history; cultural landscape conservation and preservation; ecological restoration or ecology/plants; spatial equity, cultural inclusivity, and environmental justice; urban planning and design; sustainable energy; or other emerging issues in planning and design.

Responsibilities: Successful candidates will have the potential to develop, or show evidence of, a robust research/scholarship/creative practices program, excellence in teaching, and service to the college and discipline. New faculty members will play prominent roles in the delivery of our core curricula and must demonstrate a strong interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate students. We employ team-taught studios with an emphasis on learning in a supportive environment. The ability to establish collaborative and collegial working relationships is required, as is an ability and interest in teaching and/or supporting design studios. We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Required Qualifications: A terminal degree in Landscape Architecture or a related discipline by the date of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications: A strong record of productivity in research, scholarship, and/or creative work and previous teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Grounding in one or more disciplines, interdisciplinary research experience, and/or international teaching or practical experience.

Starting Salary: commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure: Application materials must be submitted on-line at: (follow the link for Current Openings, then link to the job description). Applications should include a cover letter summarizing qualifications; curriculum vitae; a statement of scholarly interests and accomplishments; a statement of teaching experience and philosophy; and contact information for three professional references. If possible, please also provide a teaching portfolio with examples of syllabi and student work; and a research portfolio with examples from research, practice, and creative work, each no longer than 10 pages.

Application Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by April 2, 2023, to assure optimal consideration.

The College: Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the nation's oldest and most respected school dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies and building a sustainable future. ESF is a specialized college within the 64-campus SUNY system, and a Carnegie R2 “High Research Activity” Institution that consistently earns high rankings in high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Peterson's Guide, The Washington Monthly, Princeton Review and other national college guidebooks. In 2021, it was rated as the #1 Forestry Program in the country by

The college is located in Syracuse, New York, a dynamic and diverse community with plentiful natural, cultural, and civic opportunities. “The Places Rated Almanac” ranks Syracuse among the top 10 percent of "Best Places to Live." Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes, Syracuse is within a five-hour drive of New York City, Toronto, and the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains. SUNY-ESF is one of eight colleges and universities located in Onondaga County. The Syracuse University campus is immediately adjacent to SUNY-ESF, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is located within easy walking distance.

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