Landscape Architecture Instructors

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Landscape Architecture Instructors
University of California Los Angeles



Requisition Number: JPF07150


UCLA Extension is the open-access, self-supporting continuing education division of UCLA. The Department of the Arts offers a wide variety of certificate programs and courses, including post-baccalaureate credit-bearing (400-level), continuing education (CEU) credit, and non-credit-bearing general interest courses.

Course areas in the Landscape Architecture Program span subject areas such as Landscape Design, Site Planning, Professional Practices, Hand and Digital Graphic Design, Plant Identification, CA Native Plants, Storm water Management, Grading and Drainage, AutoCAD, Irrigation Design, Methods and Materials in Landscape Construction, and Construction Documentation, as well as current topic electives. Our courses and certificate program offer students the opportunity to learn from highly qualified practitioners passionate about teaching.

Applications to teach are accepted throughout the year to fill immediate program needs and increase the instructor pool's depth. Interviews will only be scheduled with qualified applicants who can fill anticipated openings.

Landscape Architecture

Hybrid Instructors for landscape design, site planning, hand and digital graphic design, material and methods of construction, irrigation design (theory and construction documents), and stormwater management Classes are hybrid.

Classes meet once a week for 11 weeks. Nine (9) meetings are remote in the
evenings on zoom, typically from 7-10 p.m. Two (2) classes are face-to-face in the Los Angeles area, typically on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Remote classes are synchronous.

Specific Instructor Duties

  • Develop and/or update course syllabus in consultation with the UCLA Extension Program Director as assigned.
  • Prepare and deliver course materials and learning assessments in assigned format.
  • Utilize Canvas system as a course support platform in in-person courses and as the delivery platform in online and hybrid courses.
  • Communicate course objectives and specific learning outcomes to students and review the grading policies of the course.
  • Evaluate student achievement of specific learning outcomes and assign grades.
  • Post final student grades to the Instructor Portal no later than two (2) weeks after the last class meeting.
  • Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner.
  • Communicate with Program Director and Program Manager in a timely manner.
  • Stay current regarding the professional body of knowledge in the field of Landscape Architecture.
  • Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner, including completing all new hire paperwork, submitting updated quarterly syllabus, posting bio and photo on UCLA Extension's public website, accepting the quarterly contract, submitting required textbook orders, completing University mandated trainings (sexual harassment, cyber security, Canvas etc.), and communicating classroom needs.
  • Participate in required orientations and instructor training programs.
  • Attend instructor meetings and program events.
  • Employ culturally competent teaching methodologies in the classroom inclusive of both domestic and international student populations.
  • Design interactive and motivational classroom activities to fully engage participants and to reinforce student learning
  • Implement inclusive teaching strategies that engage learners from various backgrounds, identities, abilities, and experience levels to achieve equity in learning outcomes.
  • Respond to student inquiries about final grades, consult with Program Director as needed.
  • Maintain a record of final grades for up to 13 months following the last class session.

    Minimum Qualifications
  • BLA, BSLA, MLA, MSLA, or Landscape Architecture Certificate graduate with a current license, required.
  • Preference given to candidates with a current landscape architect license.
  • College-level teaching experience in landscape architecture or design preferred.
  • Experience designing curriculum and measuring student performance preferred.
  • Must be committed to the highest level of academic standards and integrity.
  • Highly effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in or willingness to learn and use instructional technology and online teaching tools, Canvas, Zoom, Concept board, etc.
  • Active affiliation and participation in relevant professional associations encouraged

    Special Conditions of Employment

    Instructor compensation for courses: $70.50/hr (per instructional hour, for example, a 4 unit course = 33 instructional hours). Compensation varies with unit valuation and instructional hours of courses,

    Additional benefits include UCLA Library and JSTOR access, one free class per class taught, one year of teaching experience (4 total quarters) can be applied to licensure experience requirement in California, an educational email address, academic discounts at the student store, access to the University Credit Union.
    Instructors are hired quarterly and on an as-needed basis.

    Because Extension is a division within UCLA, all Extension Program instructors and courses must be formally approved per University and California Academic Senate regulations. Eligibility to teach a course is contingent upon formal academic approval. Once approved, teaching assignments are "by agreement." The Instructor's Contract outlines course deliverables, the course schedule, and
    compensation terms, subject to Extension policies and procedures. UCLA Extension makes no commitment to hire an instructor until it has received an accepted Instructor Contract. Should the course section an instructor plans to teach be canceled for any reason, the Instructor Contract, including rights to compensation for future section meetings, are void. Remuneration is for classroom hours only and does not include time spent for course preparation or other events.

    In an effort to promote and maintain a healthy environment for our students, visitors, and employees, UCLA is a smoke-free site. Smoking is prohibited within the boundaries of all UCLA-owned, occupied, leased, and associated buildings and facilities.

    To Apply:
    Please follow the "apply now" link to submit the following:
  • Completed application form
  • Current CV -- including publications and teaching/public speaking/seminar experience
  • Cover letter


    To apply, please visit: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07150


    The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy, https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction
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    UCLA features the College of Letters and Science, seven general campus professional schools, and four professional schools for the health sciences. The UCLA College of Letters and Science has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty, and houses the majority of UCLA's 129 undergraduate majors as well as the students in the Graduate Division of Letters and Sciences. The UCLA College Honors Program is also housed in the College. The College of Letters and Science's programs are divided into five academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute. UCLA also offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree-credit and continuing education credits for non-full-time students through its UCLA Extension education program.

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