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Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture ( tenure track)

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA
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Jul 3, 2021

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-12-01
Req: R0020302

The Department of Landscape Architecture at the UVA School of Architecture ( is seeking a qualified candidate at the rank of Assistant Professor to join our faculty in the Fall of 2021. We are located in the City of Charlottesville, a complex geographic region between the Chesapeake Bay and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is the site of two UNESCO World Heritage sites and ongoing civic initiatives and conflicts around social and environmental justice. This contradictory history and complex community is an important foundation for the work of our faculty, which is composed of designers, researchers, and scholars who are deeply committed to the history and theory of cultural landscapes, technological advancement in the service of public and ecological health, and a more equitable future through the practice and study of landscapes locally, regionally, and internationally. We seek a faculty member who will help us to extend this commitment to innovation, diversity, and equity and broaden the work of our faculty and students in the public interest.

Our faculty and students benefit from collaborations across the School of Architecture and the University. In recent years the School has built upon traditions of excellence in teaching and research. The studio and fabrication facilities have been renovated, digital platforms have been created to extend teaching and research capacities, and a renewed commitment to field work and full-scale experimentation, sensing, and making is underway at University-owned and partner facilities in the region. The School also maintains a robust research agenda across disciplines through individual faculty projects and within the Center for Cultural Landscapes, the Institute for Engagement and Negotiation, the Open Systems Lab, and the Next Cities Institute, among others.

Applicants should be accomplished designers and exceptional studio teachers, although prior experience with studio teaching is not a requirement. They should also be able to teach required and elective coursework in an area of specialization that can relate to the core tracks of the graduate curriculum: ecology and technology, design computation, and history and theory. We seek applicants who will bring an interest in and track record of engaging diverse interests and community values through design practices. Tenure track faculty members at UVA are expected to develop an agenda of impactful creative work, research, or scholarship (40% of time), to teach in the graduate curriculum (40%), and provide service to the academic community (20%) The search committee is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service.

Tenure-track candidates will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates for this position should have an MLA or PhD in Landscape Architecture or equivalent in related field by the start date of the position. Ideal candidates will have significant practice experience in the public or private sector and/or prior teaching experience.

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment per University policy.

PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search "Find Jobs", and search for "R0020302". Complete an application online and see below for documents to attach.
PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, "R0020302" complete the application and see below for documents to attach.

**Please note that ALL documents MUST be uploaded in the CV/resume box or you can combine them into one PDF. **

Complete an application online and attach:

  • Cover letter expressing interest and qualifications, including summary of notable accomplishments in design/research, teaching, and leadership
  • CV
  • Statement of your research and teaching interests and relevance for the future of the field
  • Contact information for (3) references noting your professional relationship to each
  • Digital portfolio of examples of teaching and design research/creative work/scholarship; built and/or speculative, no more than 10 works, please; student work for a single class or project can be combined

Review of applicants will begin February 22, 2021 and will until the position is filled.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Search Committee Chair Brian Davis at

For Workday-related assistance, please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Senior Recruiter at

The University of Virginia assists UVA faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more about these services, please see

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

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As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


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Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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