Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Assistant Professor of Social Justice in the Built Environment

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

Assistant Professor of Social Justice in the Built Environment

Assistant Professor of Social Justice in the Built Environment

Washington State University - School of Design and Construction

The School of Design + Construction (SDC) invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor in Social Justice in the Built Environment. Part of a University system-wide cluster hire initiative in Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas, this position will join an initial cohort of five new hires and existing faculty to build a network of scholars who are committed to conducting research on racism, ethnicity, social and environmental justice, power, and structures of inequality in their diverse fields of specialization. The position in the SDC will bring a diverse, interdisciplinary, and publicly engaged lens to broad issues of systemic injustices within the built environment.

Historically, land-use policies, cities, landscapes, buildings and interior spaces have been designed inequitably. Racism and discrimination in planning is steeped in systems of power/colonialism in the Americas dating back to the fifteenth century. Further, economically challenged communities in rural areas, especially in farming communities, have not had balanced representation and continue to be politically and spatially marginalized. The design of our neighborhoods, homes, retail and commercial spaces and university institutions reflect systemic gender, race, and orientation inequality. Within urban and rural contexts there is inequitable access to public amenities, services, and open space. Climate change, environmental degradation and the pandemic disproportionally affect underrepresented communities.

We seek a scholar that can help transform how the School of Design + Construction addresses racism and social justice in the built environment. The candidate is expected to partner with units across the WSU system toward broadly transforming the institution.

Duties for this position are to teach social and environmental justice related courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Design + Construction, including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management and/or construction engineering. The position will include conducting interdisciplinary research, scholarship and outreach related to social and environmental justice.
Screening Begins: January 16, 2021
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