Assistant/Associate Professor (UPDATED)
Sch of Landscape ArchitectureDepartment Website Link:
Tucson, AZ USAPosition Highlights:
Note: The language in the 'Special Instructions' section of this recruitment has been slightly modified.
The School of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning invites applicants for a faculty position at the intersection of landscape architecture and urban design. We are seeking individuals who can teach both undergraduate and graduate design studios at all levels. This is a full-time faculty position at the rank of pre-tenure assistant professor or tenured associate professor, commensurate with experience. Position to begin August 2021.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated interest in design theory, collaborative design methods, and urban place making. This individual will identify with the artistic side of landscape architecture and be fluent in contemporary urban design approaches that integrate form making with socio-cultural factors and landscape ecology. We are especially interested in candidates who focus on underserved and marginalized communities, and who can enrich our faculty diversity.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities:
- The successful candidate will be prepared to expand CAPLA’s interdisciplinary partnerships and work collaboratively within the college, university, and external networks in ways that contribute to CAPLA’s strategic goal of Building a Changing World. We are looking for an innovator who can develop transformative strategies and future-oriented theories and perspectives on sustainable design, climate mitigation, and urban green infrastructure within the context of interdisciplinary practice, artistic approaches, social equity, and heritage conservation.
- The landscape architecture program includes a fully accredited graduate MLA degree program and a newly formed BLA program. We take pride in our friendly collegial atmosphere and our extraordinary community of designers and urban planners in CAPLA, including programs in architecture, urban planning, real estate development, sustainable built environments, and heritage conservation.
- Our setting in the City of Tucson, the Sonoran Desert and American Southwest provides a rich cultural heritage and physical environment that is an invaluable laboratory for urban design and landscape architecture study and practice. Our curriculum focuses on preparing students for practice to address pressing challenges at the local/regional/national levels, such as urbanization, social equity, place making, climate resilience (heat/cold, aridity/monsoon), environmental degradation, and growth.
- Our facilities are extraordinary. The studios are bright and airy with spectacular views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The award-winning building is situated on the main campus in Tucson and equipped with state-of-the-art labs (computer, model, materials, etc.), including the Underwood Family Sonoran Landscape Laboratory and the Sonoran Pentapus. The University of Arizona is one of 65 distinguished research universities across the USA in the American Association of Universities and a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.
- Tucson is a welcoming, unique, diverse, and family friendly community. Tucson is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, surrounded by five majestic mountain ranges and is an exciting and affordable place to live with rich cultural amenities and outdoor activities. While over half a million people now reside in Tucson, bringing businesses, attractions, and tourism, it also still has a familiar sense of human scale and local community. The University of Arizona is in the heart of the city and the second largest employer in Tucson.
- At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.
The successful candidate will align their professional direction with the University's Strategic Priorities through:
Engage students in advanced regional and international outreach and research in best practices in sustainable urban design. Contribute to the development of international programs including Micro Campuses, study abroad programs, and online courses and programs. Strengthen ties to and potential student recruitment from underrepresented communities. Develop community outreach opportunities and interdisciplinary urban design studios.
Advance research in professional practice, landscape urbanism, urban revitalization, green infrastructure, site panning, master planning, and adaptive reuse of urban and industrial sites. Create synergies between public agencies and private industry toward built environment technological innovations and design solutions to address grand challenges.
Advance CAPLA’s engagement strategies with local, regional, and global partnerships. Create independent and team-taught design studios at all levels with expertise in data driven research, predicting change, visioning future built environments, urban infrastructure design, collaborative processes, design thinking, and design innovation at the landscape, neighborhood, and site-specific scales. Advance interdisciplinary teaching and practice.
Strengthen collaboration across CAPLA and UA programs in accordance with College and University Strategic Plans including initiatives with the Institute for Place and Wellbeing, Institute of the Environment, the UA Office of Sustainability. The collaborative units will include: College of Fine Arts, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Engineering, Institute of the Environment, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Humanities, and College of Education.
- Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture or related field AND at least one professional degree in Landscape Architecture (undergraduate or graduate) from an accredited program;
- Specialization in best practices in urban design with experience in landscape ecology, socio-cultural factors in design, and applied art in landscape architecture;
- Working knowledge of the major digital media software.
- Professional licensure, or qualifications to become licensed;
- Strong background in design theory, urban design, and landscape architectural practice;
- Previous success in collaborative interdisciplinary practice or teaching;
- Previous experience working with diverse and underrepresented communities;
- Experience in regional and international outreach;
- Previous teaching experience;
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- The Letter of Intent should address the professional abilities listed above. Please note that only prospective applicants with the minimum qualifications should apply.
Assistant ProfessorTenure Information:
Tenure Track (T/TE)FLSA:
ExemptFull Time/Part Time:
Full TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week:
Yes - Full BenefitsRate of Pay:
$69,000 - $90,000Compensation Type:
salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)Type of criminal background check required::
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)Number of Vacancies:
1Target Hire Date:
8/1/2021Expected End Date:
Contact Information for Candidates:
Professor Kirk Dimond
1/26/2021Open Until Filled:
YesDocuments Needed to Apply:
Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional DocumentsSpecial Instructions to Applicant:
Please include the following in the documents in the additional documents:
- Work Samples uploaded as a maximum of two separate documents
- Three Professional References uploaded as one document
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.