Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Department Head, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

Department Head, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

Department Head, Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning

North Carolina State University

The College of Design is seeking an energetic, innovative, and insightful leader to serve as the next Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning (LAEP). The successful candidate will have a strong background in contemporary design and professional practice, significant academic and scholarly qualifications, and demonstrated ability to work well with people and build consensus.

The LAEP program delivers core and advanced design studios, seminars, and free electives in and outside the department that expose students and faculty to multiple learning experiences in the Research Triangle Region, the many historic and contemporary urban destinations of the Southeast, the NC State University European Center in Prague, and interdisciplinary programs in Greece and Chile. The curriculum provides students with the intellectual capacity coupled with technical and form-giving “design know-how” expected and required to create innovative, long-term solutions focused on human and ecosystem health, social equity, and quality of life.

Students have diverse opportunities for intellectual and professional development wherein they learn to design and test innovative, long-term solutions to landscape problems including adaptation to climate change, increasing, or decreasing population shifts, and resultant impacts on transportation, water, and energy supply and consumption, transportation systems and land use; place-making, and the promotion of environmental justice, and social well being.

We prepare students to enter the profession of landscape architecture as it is currently practiced, and, by virtue of our emphasis on evidence-based inquiry and design thinking, to engage, and participate in propelling the profession into the future as it changes and develops in response to environmental changes and societal imperatives. We expect graduates to apply their talents to advance the knowledge and capabilities of the profession and to be competent, entrepreneurial, and competitive in the job market and within their communities

Department Head Expectations:
Leading faculty and students in a shared vision, collaborating with other disciplines in the College and the University, serving as the department representative to the College Administrative Council and Department Head meetings, and acting as a conduit for the flow of information between the department, college, and university.
Serving as the senior faculty advisor to academic unit students, directing them in their studies, and assisting them in forming appropriate committees.
Fulfilling teaching responsibility of approximately six (6) credit hours per year.
Overseeing faculty assignments related to departmental courses and service and evaluating faculty performance.
Overseeing curricular matters related to the program, including course scheduling, and long-range planning. Lead academic unit in procedures specific to accreditation.
Engaging the department in college doctoral programs and university interdisciplinary initiatives.
Advising faculty on their teaching, research, and service responsibilities.
Administering the Reappointment Promotion and Tenure (RPT) and Post Tenure Review (PTR) processes for the department faculty.
Managing the department budget.
Advising the Dean about faculty appointment matters, serving as a department representative, in collaboration with the Dean, to department-specific alumni and professional groups.
Working in collaboration with the Dean to develop department and college-related fund-raising goals and ensure that donor funds are well stewarded in accordance with Office of Development policies and procedures.
Championing principles of equity and diversity and fostering a stronger and more inclusive department culture with a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and students.
Fostering and supporting a culture of interdisciplinary research, engagement, teaching, and collaboration within the department, college, and across the university.

Min Education:
Requires a doctor’s degree or an equivalent terminal professional degree in Landscape Architecture and related fields. A significant record of research, teaching and professional experience is required. Credentials must support appointment at the rank of full professor.

Required Qualifications:
Academic administrative experience.
Program leadership experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
Professional licensure.
Ph.D. and/or licensure in landscape architecture or a related field.
Experience with professional program accreditation.
Working with intercollegiate, interdisciplinary, and international partnerships and programs.
Experience in working with advisory boards and maintaining strong relationships with alumni and donors.
Experience with extramural funding for research and/or funding that supports creative scholarship.

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Contact for more Information:
Search Committee Chair: Lu Liu (
University Program Associate: Nikki Evans (

Additional Info

Organization/School : North Carolina State University

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