Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

Open Rank-Assistant/Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture Program

CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture)

Open Rank-Assistant/Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture Program

Open Rank-Assistant/Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture Program

Virginia Tech

The Position: The chosen faculty would teach (design studios, technical and lecture courses, topical seminars) and supervise students in the degree programs (minor, bachelor, master’s, and PhD) with an emphasis on watershed sensitive site design and land planning, landscape performance, and design studios. The ideal candidate will have a scholarly/creative research agenda with expertise related to blue and green infrastructure and design for resilience, such as: storm water and sea level rise, climate change and sustainable design.
Faculty are expected to contribute the life of the program through curricula and extra-curricula engagement activities, and committee service, as well as activities of the school, college and university related to their areas of expertise and interests and in response to needs of the program. The Landscape Architecture Program is interested in candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with diverse populations, the skills to teach contemporary approaches to investigation, visualization, and community engagement, and the ability to inspire students.
We seek candidates who can work effectively and collegially in collaborative and interdisciplinary settings. All persons with proven experience/track record in the areas described in this job posting are encouraged to apply. Candidates with PhDs and/or licensure in landscape architecture are encouraged to apply. The position will be classified according to the candidate’s merit. We strongly encourage candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our academic community to apply. 

Required Qualifications

• A Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture or a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture or BS in Landscape Architecture plus a terminal degree in a related field, at the time employment begins. Landscape architecture degree must be from an accredited degree program.
• Ability to teach site design and planning studios, green and blue infrastructure and design for environmental resilience (including watershed sensitive design, sustainability, and environmental landscape performance)
• Demonstrated scholarly publication record and/or creative works.
• Versatility in teaching and supervision at all undergraduate and graduate levels of study.

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD on a topic of landscape architecture, earned in that field or in a related field.
• Proven potential grant and other funding for research and development projects from private and public sector granting agencies;
• Evidence of peer-reviewed scholarly/creative research, such as publications, presentations, design competitions, books and awards.
• A record of successful teaching or demonstrated potential for teaching in a university program
• Licensure in landscape architecture
• Eligibility for or membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects, or membership in a professional association of landscape architects or another closely allied professional organization.

Required Documents

  • Cover letter expressing interest and qualifications, including summary of notable accomplishments.
  • Personal statement of teaching interest and philosophy.
  • Personal statement of research interests.
  • Personal statement of diversity, inclusion and equity.
  • A curriculum vitae that presents the candidate’s teaching experience, list of publications, list of research grants, and, if applicable, list of professional projects.
  • Portfolio of scholarly, professional and teaching work (max. 9 MB PDF).
  • Reference list of three persons (including names and titles) the search committee may contact. Including: e-mail addresses and phone numbers.

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