Assistant/Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture

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Assistant/Associate Professor in Landscape Architecture

Knoxville, TN
Open Date:
Oct 25, 2022

The School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, invites applications at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor for a tenure-track position to begin August 1, 2023. The position is for a full-time 9-month appointment.

We are seeking an energetic, collaborative candidate with an emergent or established research agenda and a commitment to the development of innovative ways of teaching contemporary landscape architecture. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the development of new research trajectories and curricular advancement through the teaching of core and elective design studios, seminars, and workshops. An interest and ability in teaching design studio is critical. Areas of interest that are desired and valued in the school as it continues to grow and evolve include advanced digital technologies, ecology, landscape theory, and landscape construction. Funding is available to kick-start research in the candidate’s area of expertise or exploration.

About Us

Established in 2008, the School of Landscape Architecture is a graduate landscape architecture program that is committed to progressively exploring the medium of landscape through teaching, research, and design. Along with Schools of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Design, the school is housed in the College of Architecture and Design. The School of Landscape Architecture is also supported by the Herbert College of Agriculture and is deeply committed to interdisciplinary collaboration between design and science as indicated by its two-college partnership. Collaboration with faculty in the College of Architecture and Design, the Herbert College of Agriculture, and from other colleges and departments across the university is encouraged and supported.

Knoxville offers easy access to scenic and recreational outdoor activities while providing contemporary urban amenities and research opportunities. The regional landscape includes iconic ridge and valley systems and water resources, as well as the landscape legacy of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the research production of Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL), and the ecological complexity of the Great Smokies National Park and Knoxville’s 1000-acre Urban Wilderness. Other major cities in Tennessee and the region such as Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta also provide many unique opportunities for innovative pedagogy and research.

The College of Architecture and Design also boasts a 20,000 sq. ft. Fab Lab located in downtown Knoxville. This facility houses metal, plastic, and wood shops and is host to a wide range of cutting-edge technologies such as a water jet cutter, robotic arms, 3d printers, CNC routers, and more. Faculty are encouraged to engage these technologies in their pedagogy in order to extend the students’ design process through physical making and modelling.

Commitment to Diversity

The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.


Teaching responsibilities will typically include one design studio and one seminar each semester. An ability to collaborate with instructors teaching courses in parallel areas of the curriculum is desirable. Service assignments at the level of school, college, or university will be made strategically in order to allow for priority to be given to research and teaching.


Required Qualification

Must hold a terminal degree in landscape architecture or an allied field at the time of appointment.

Additional Desired Qualifications

We are particularly interested in applicants with research and teaching focused on areas that extend the school’s areas of expertise and make theoretical/practical contributions to strengthen its identity.

  • Research, scholarship, creative activities, and/or engagement that exhibits an emergent or established research agenda with originality and significance
  • Evidence of promise as a skilled instructor and the ability to teach landscape architecture studio
  • A record of incorporating equity and inclusion into research, teaching, and/or professional practice  
  • Research and teaching foci in one or more of the following areas:
    • Digital Technologies
    • Ecology
    • Landscape Theory
    • Landscape Construction

Qualifications for Rank

All tenure-line faculty are expected to contribute to the missions of teaching, research/scholarship/creative activity/engaged scholarship, and public service. In addition to the required qualifications listed above, candidates seeking initial appointment to tenure-track associate professor rank must (1) have a proven record of teaching excellence, (2) have achieved and maintained a recognized record in disciplinary research, (3) have normally served as an assistant professor for at least five years, and (4) have demonstrated that they work well with colleagues and students in performing their university responsibilities at their previous institution.

Salary and benefits will be commensurate to the experience and accomplishments of the candidate.

Application Instructions:

To apply, submit the following materials on Interfolio. Please email Katherine Ambroziak ([email protected]), chair of the landscape architecture faculty search committee, with any questions, using the subject line Assistant/Associate Professor Position.

  1. Letter of interest (maximum 3 pages) describing the candidate’s qualifications including professional design experience and research accomplishments and interests; a philosophy of teaching including how theory and practice inform classroom activities; and examples and/or ideas of innovative pedagogy focused on design studio and other areas of specialization.
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. Names and contact information of 3 references.
  4. Digital portfolio (no more than 20 pages; maximum 10mb) containing examples of design research, creative activity, scholarly articles and essays, professional work, and studio teaching.

Initial review of applications will begin January 9, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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