Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Department Head for Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

Department Head for Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

Department Head for Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

Kansas State University

About This Role:
The College of Architecture, Planning & Design (APDesign) at Kansas State University (K-State) seeks a dynamic and dedicated leader to join the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning (LARCP) as Department Head in a full-time 12-month position. The successful candidate will align with our mission and provide principled leadership and inspirational vision.

Anticipated Start Date: July 1, 2022

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide principled, inspirational departmental leadership.
• Promote departmental disciplines among varied audiences and continue to expand the department’s visibility and influence nationally and internationally.
• Develop and maintain relationships with students, faculty, staff, advisory boards, alumni, and professional communities.
• Attract, mentor, retain, and advocate for diverse and outstanding current and future faculty and staff.
• Facilitate recruitment and support of a diverse student population.
• Foster and support research, scholarship, creative activities, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
• Provide leadership in curriculum development and strategic planning.
• Participate in fundraising and working with donors.
• Participate in University and College governance.
• Manage private and state funds, adhering to the policies of the State of Kansas, Kansas Board of Regents, and Kansas State University.
• Assign faculty and staff workloads and evaluate performance according to university regulations and policies.
• Teach courses within the department’s curriculum.
• Continue an individual agenda of research, scholarship, and/or creative activities.

Why Join Us:
LARCP is comprised of 14 diverse full-time faculty, one staff member, and an average of 140 enrolled students each academic year. LARCP offers accredited Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA) and in Regional & Community Planning (MRCP) through five-year non-baccalaureate (NB) and traditional post-baccalaureate (PB) tracks. LARCP also offers a Minor in Community Planning, and an on-line Graduate Certificate and Master of Science in Community Development (MSCD) through the Great Plains IDEA.

We are a strong, supportive and, collegial department committed to collaboration, shared governance, excellence in teaching, service, research, scholarship, and creative activities (RSCA). We have a long history of providing students with a rich and rigorous educational experience in preparation for professional careers. Our programs are consistently ranked nationally, and our graduates are in-demand across the country in private and public sectors.

APDesign upholds the mission of a model land grant institution. APDesign is known for its nationally recognized and affordable education, enthusiastic student body, talented faculty, and staff who are supportive of student needs. We are located within the newly renovated Seaton/Regnier Complex.

K-State, nestled within the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas, is recognized as one of the nation’s top research Universities with R1 distinction. K-State serves the region through innovation and a commitment to its land grant mission of teaching, research, and community outreach. The average annual enrollment is approximately 24,000 students. Additional information may be found at;; https://apdesign.k-; and,

K-State offers a comprehensive benefits package. Please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:
K-State embraces diversity and inclusion. The University actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:
Required Minimum Qualifications:
• A terminal degree or Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture or Planning, or a graduate degree in a closely allied discipline with one degree in Landscape Architecture or Planning.
• A distinguished record of teaching, service, and research, scholarship, and/or creative activities (RSCA) that merits tenure and appointment at the rank of full professor.
• A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated record of or potential for:
• An appreciation and knowledge of landscape architecture, planning, and development professions, including affiliation and/or experience with ASLA, CELA, APA, or ACSP.
• Academic leadership with emphasis on clear and transparent communication and strong interpersonal skills appropriate for mentoring students, faculty, and staff, and fostering collegiality.
• Administrative ability, such as budgeting, fundraising, assignment of workloads and evaluation of performance, and management of property.

Other Requirements:
• All K-State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (unless granted an exemption by the university) by December 8, 2021 or their first day of employment, whichever is later, pursuant to the federal executive order for federal contractors. To learn more about this requirement and potential exemptions, please visit K-State’s COVID-19 website.
• Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:
The following documents should be submitted as separate PDF files to K-State's PageUp Applicant Tracking system at:
1. Letter of Interest (3 pages max.) that outlines your interest in the position and how your experience addresses the required and preferred qualifications.
2. A statement that discusses your experience in and commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusivity, and belonging (DEIB).
3. Full Curriculum Vitae.
4. Teaching portfolio (20 pages max.) including teaching philosophy statement (1 page max.), at least one syllabus, and examples of student work.
5. 5-10 examples of scholarly, professional, and/or creative work.
6. List of 3 academic and/or professional references with contact email and phone number. References will only be contacted if candidates are shortlisted.

Questions and inquiries of interest should be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Associate Professor Jessica Canfield,, with subject line "Department Head Search.”

Questions on uploading application materials should be addressed to the Human Capital Services PageUp Liaison, Katie Prososki, phone 785-532-1866,

Application Review Begins: Immediately. For best consideration, apply by January 7, 2022

Equal Employment Opportunity:
Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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Organization/School : Kansas State University

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