Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Department Chair

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

Department Chair

Department Chair

Texas Tech University

About the Department: The Department of Landscape Architecture ( is one of seven departments within the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) at Texas Tech University. The department has a history of excellence in teaching programs that are accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects that lead to the Bachelor (B.L.A.) and Master (M.L.A.) of Landscape Architecture. Support of the department by its alumni and industry groups in the state is strong. The department is an important contributor to the research enterprise of CASNR at Texas Tech University.

There are eight faculty members in the department, with facilities in two buildings on campus. Departmental and faculty offices are housed in the CASNR Annex, with classroom and studio facilities in the CASNR Annex and the newly renovated historic Livestock Pavilion. Fall 2021 enrollment was 82 B.L.A. students and 9 M.L.A. students. The department has a solid track record of involving students in service-learning activities and of engaging the Lubbock community through outreach efforts.

About the College: In addition to the Department of Landscape Architecture, CASNR ( includes the departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Agricultural Education and Communications, Animal and Food Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Plant and Soil Science, and Veterinary Sciences along with multiple research centers and institutes. For the most recent academic year, the College had 2,473 undergraduate and 474 graduate students and generated approximately $11.3 million annually in extramural research funding.

About the University: Texas Tech University is committed to teaching and the advancement of knowledge. TTU provides the highest standards of excellence in higher education, fosters intellectual and personal development, and stimulates meaningful research and service to humankind. It ranks at the highest level of Carnegie-classified (R1: Very High Research Activity) doctoral granting universities, one of 131 U.S. institutions with this designation. In Fall 2019, Texas Tech was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), making it one of only 16 HSIs that are also Carnegie Research 1 institutions. As the primary research institution in the western two-thirds of the state, Texas Tech’s campus covers 1,869 acres and is comprised of 10 colleges, a graduate school, a law school, and a new School of Veterinary Medicine located in Amarillo, Texas. Even with an enrollment of more than 40,000 and a budget exceeding $1 billion, the University prides itself on the ability of students to engage with some of the most inventive, innovative, and creative faculty in the nation.

About the Community: The City of Lubbock is the economic, educational, and health-care hub of the South Plains. With 265 days of sunshine, and an average temperature of 74 degrees, the Lubbock area is home to more than 300,000 Texans. Perfect for outdoor living, the community includes over 75 public parks, nearby recreational lakes, running, biking, and hiking trails, and eight golf courses, including the nationally-ranked Rawls Course at Texas Tech. Lubbock is proud of its diversity and strives to create a more inclusive atmosphere in order to embrace its increasingly multicultural and international community.

Responsibilities and Duties of the Chair: The Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture is responsible for overseeing and managing departmental faculty (four tenured/tenure-track faculty and four instructors), staff (one full-time staff), and facilities; developing and maintaining internal and external relations with departmental stakeholders; and providing leadership for the department's academic, research, and service programs. Teaching responsibilities will include lecture and studio courses in the successful applicant’s area of expertise. Specific duties include the following:

• provide leadership of the departmental faculty in planning, developing, integrating, and implementing departmental programs in teaching, research, and outreach;
• serve as the liaison to the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects and provide leadership in preparing all necessary documentation for continuing accreditation of the departments B.L.A. and M.L.A. programs;
• manage the department's human, financial, and physical resources;
• lead efforts to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, staff, and students and to create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, and teamwork;
• assign responsibilities to faculty and staff, and evaluate their performance;
• foster professional and academic growth and development of faculty, staff, and students;
• provide leadership to implement the University’s academic and research goals, including campus-wide leadership in several strategic areas for growth of research to enhance the regional and national research presence of the department;
• interact with CASNR leadership in strategic planning to foster the growth of the department and College in terms of academic and research programs;
• foster development of multidisciplinary academic and research programs in CASNR;
• encourage the pursuit of external grant and contract funding in the context of the departmental strategic goals;
• maintain an active role in seeking support and resources for departmental programs/facilities and work with CASNR development personnel on gift and endowment opportunities such as scholarships, graduate fellowships, and endowed professorships;
• provide leadership in maintaining and expanding relationships with alumni, individuals, outside agencies, and various groups involved in landscape architecture;
• maintain an active role in professional societies, regional and national organizations, and committees associated with the interests of the department.

Qualifications: Applicants should have an earned a professional BLA or MLA degree from an accredited program and a record of scholarship that will allow them to qualify for tenure with the rank of Professor. Experience and evidence of working with diverse student, faculty and staff populations and first-generation students is highly desirable. An ability to provide a clear vision and to plan strategically to achieve departmental goals and objectives is required. Effective communication, personnel management skills, and a demonstrated ability in fiscal management are essential. The successful applicant should have a track record of making timely decisions and responding promptly to administrative deadlines. Highly refined verbal and written communication skills and a commitment to sharing departmental accomplishments and its vision for the future with prospective students, alumni, and stakeholders are indispensable. Candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by extramural funding and who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply. Service to the department, college, and university is expected. Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities.

Preferences: Preference will be given to a candidate with a Ph.D. and/or licensure in Landscape Architecture. Previous experience or other evidence of administrative ability to direct the activities of an academic department is preferred.

Salary and Other Funding: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications: All application materials must be submitted on-line through the Texas Tech University application site at Work at Texas Tech | Human Resources Home | TTU and search for requisition number 26599BR, keyword Department Chairperson. Applicants should submit a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, statement of their administrative philosophy, and should supply the names of five individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference. Questions should be addressed to Dr. Christy Bratcher, Associate Dean for Research, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Box 42123, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409; telephone (806) 748-2808; e-mail: Review of the applications will begin January 1, 2022. Expected start date is June 1, 2022.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minoritized candidates, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

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