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Job no: 778556
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: School Of Planning Des Construction Anr 10002116
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Engineers/Architects, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

The Landscape Architecture Program in the School of Planning, Design & Construction (SPDC) at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor starting in August 2023. This is an academic year (9-month) appointment with a 45% research, 45% teaching and 10% service assignment.

The successful candidate will contribute to the School vision in creating sustainable and healthy built, natural, and virtual environments. We are seeking candidates whose work addresses emerging issues in the landscape architecture discipline in combination with a curriculum emphasizing professional education in landscape architecture. The successful candidate’s scholarly work falls into one or more of the areas: landscape history, resilient planning and design, landscape ecological planning, landscape performance research, evidence-based design and/or interdisciplinary built environment research. The candidate should demonstrate ability to secure funded research, publish peer-reviewed articles, and mentor graduate students in innovative and interdisciplinary research areas related to Landscape Architecture and related disciplines including Planning, Design and Construction. This position is expected to teach three courses per academic year in Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) and/or Master of Environmental Design (MED) programs’ curriculum. We are especially interested in a candidate whose teaching can emphasize, but is not limited to, landscape design studios and an undergraduate seminar course focusing on history and/or theory of landscape architecture. The candidate will also engage in appropriate service.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Landscape Architecture or closely related

Minimum Requirements

Candidate must have a Ph.D. in landscape architecture or a closely related field. Candidates must also have a professional Landscape Architecture degree (Bachelor’s or Master’s). All required degrees must be earned by the position start date. Ability to teach within the landscape architecture core courses is essential. The successful candidate will demonstrate actual or potential scholarly research activity that advances the interdisciplinary focus of SPDC.

Desired Qualifications

Practical experience is desired. Professional landscape architecture licensure welcomed.

Required Application Materials

For consideration, plsubmit your application online at Upload the following required documents: 1) letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position and highlights how your experiences align with the position (2-page maximum); 2) current curriculum vitae; 3) samples of publications, professional reports, and/or portfolio of work; 4) a statement (3-page maximum) addressing your experience with diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching/learning, mentoring, service, professional activities and research and/or describing how you will contribute to MSU’s goals of inclusive excellence; and 5) contact information for three academic/professional references. No letters are requested when you apply. Letters may be requested after the initial review of applications. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 1, 2022 and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Jun-Hyun Kim, Landscape Architecture Program Director, School of Planning, Design and Construction, Michigan State University, [email protected].

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Department Statement

The School of Planning, Design, and Construction (SPDC) unites four academic programs related to the built environment: Construction Management, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning, as well as the National Charrette Institute, with 45 faculty and academic specialists, and 8 staff members. The School offers 9 degree pathways from Bachelors to Ph.D. – including 5 professionally accredited degrees with over 465 undergraduate and 55 graduate students. The School is jointly administered by the Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources (CANR) and Social Science (CSS). The mission of the School is to advance the knowledge, prepare innovative leaders, and support the practice of planning, design, and construction. Our academic activities address sustainability, health, transportation, and economic and community development. Please refer to the School’s homepage available at:

Established in 1898, the MSU Landscape Architecture program balances ideology, design, technology, art and science toward creating a sustainable and resilient world. The Landscape Architecture program is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB), and consistently ranked among the top landscape architecture programs across the country. Landscape Architecture faculty teach and engage with students at the bachelors (Bachelor of Landscape Architecture), masters (Master of Environmental Design), and doctorate (Ph.D. of the Environmental Design Concentration) levels. Please find more information about the MSU landscape architecture program in

Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA. MSU is one of the top research universities in the world and home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs. MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, and scientists that provide regional, national, and international leadership in basic and applied research and excellence in teaching. In addition, consistent with its Land Grant origins, the MSU community pursues international engagement and provides strong extension programs that partner with diverse stakeholders to provide much needed research in the areas of food, energy, water and the environment. MSU enjoys a park‐like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of >500,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at: Information about other work-life assistance at MSU can be found at

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and Social Science (CSS) at MSU are committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. We are particularly interested in candidates from all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. Candidates are invited to view SPDC’s Community Code of Conduct at

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jun 9, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jun 9, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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