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Open Rank Assistant Professor or Lecturer

The University of Georgia
Athens Area

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Open Rank Assistant Professor or Lecturer


CED-Envir & Design Dean's Off

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

Located in vibrant and historic Athens, Georgia, UGA’s College of Environment and Design is home to the oldest landscape architecture program in the Southeast and the largest BLA program in the U.S. The College houses accredited BLA and MLA programs as well as a Master of Historic Preservation, a Master of Urban Planning and Design, a Doctorate of Environmental Planning and Design, and certificate programs including Environmental Ethics, Cultural Landscape Conservation, and Historic Preservation. There is a strong spirit of collegiality and a wide range of research interests within its large and diverse faculty. The BLA and MLA programs within the College consistently rank among the top programs in the U.S. The College’s global presence includes regular programs at UGA’s campus in Cortona, Italy, and a strong working relationship with Nanjing Forestry University in Nanjing, China, and Beijing Forestry University in Beijing, China. The College houses many unique teaching, research, and outreach opportunities such as the Cultural Landscape Lab, the Owens Design Library, the Circle Gallery, the Center for Community Design and Preservation, the Founders Memorial Garden, and a vibrant student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The award winning (LEED Gold), Modernist, Jackson Street Building provides an inspiring space for design study.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest addressing which rank they are applying for as well as their job qualifications and teaching interests; a portfolio illustrating built or designed works, professional practice experience, writing samples, or other creative work; curriculum vita; and four references with names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers. Applicants with prior teaching experience should submit samples of course syllabi, student work, and course evaluations. Questions will be addressed by the search chair at ([email protected] or 706-542-4104).

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Open Rank

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Open Rank

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Academic (9 mo.)

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Minimum Qualifications:

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline.

Position Summary:

The College of Environment and Design (CED) at The University of Georgia invites applications for one or two positions at the rank of Assistant Professor or full-time Lecturer. The successful candidates must begin August 1, 2021.

The University and the College have a long history of local, state, and international engagement; the successful candidate will be expected to participate in this ongoing endeavor by participating in committees at these levels. Service contributions within the College and University are also expected.

Additional Requirements:

All Candidates must have a terminal master’s degree (MLA, MArch, MHP, or MFA) or a PhD in planning and design or related field.

Successful appointment as a tenure-track Assistant Professor will require multiple areas of expertise: specifically, in design thinking, and design communication and technology, with additional expertise in one or more of the following areas: historic preservation, urban planning, engineering, ecology, plant materials, design studio, hand graphics, or construction and clear evidence of an existing or emerging area of scholarship as evidenced in publications, creative activities, grants or contracts, and/or professional service. A PhD or Doctor of Design is strongly preferred. Please see the UGA Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure for more information about the Assistant Professor rank:

Successful appointment as a non-tenure track Lecturer will require the ability to teach in the one or more of the listed areas of expertise described above as demonstrated by at least 2 semesters of instruction experience. The position of Lecturer is defined as a 100% teaching and service position, and is annually renewable. The successful lecturer candidate can expect to teach between 6 and 8 classes (18-24 credit hours) per academic year. Please see the UGA Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion of Lecturers here:

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification:

Candidates with an accredited MLA degree, or an accredited BLA degree with a terminal degree in an allied design discipline are preferred. Candidates with a demonstrated track record of written and graphic publications, awards, design practice, and professional licensure are highly desired.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

The successful candidate will have the following:

•Teach a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in design thinking, and design communication and technology, with additional expertise in one or more of the following areas: historic preservation, urban planning, engineering, ecology, plant materials, design studio, hand graphics, or construction.
•Possess a passion for teaching and be enthusiastic mentors. In particular, the CED seeks individuals who are great collaborators who will engage in interdisciplinary scholarship across the university and nation. We seek candidates who will take action to promote the highest standards of teaching, research, and service to the college.

Design Thinking:
•Teach design thinking as a means for problem solving across disciplines and will be expected to develop and seek university approval to offer a new design thinking course as part of the general education core at UGA. This course will be offered at least annually.

Design Communication and Technology:
•The ability to identify and select data appropriate for design inquiry, the ability to conduct analysis and interpretation of data in a critical manner, and verbally and visually communicate data-based insights. Ideal candidates will be able to utilize data resources (online or other) and use mapping and visualization software to weave together written and graphic communication. For example, successful candidates will be fluent in higher-level design tools such as AutoCAD, ArcGIS, SketchUp, Rhino, and Lumion, and be prepared to foster student success in use of these programs for production of design documents.
•Additional areas of expertise such as historic preservation, urban planning, engineering, plant materials, ecology, design studio teaching, construction, and hand graphics are desired.
•Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate expertise in multiple areas and be able to support teaching needs across undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education. It is the birthplace of the American system of public higher education.

university_of_georgia2.jpgToday, UGA enrolls more than 36,000 students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 765 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 17 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work and Veterinary Medicine. It offers 25 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 34 master’s degrees in 130 fields; 18 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 98 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the top third of the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 4.7 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 21 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. In 2008, UGA was the only public university in America to have two recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by television and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.


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