Assistant Professor, Landscape Management/Urban Ecology

College Park, Prince Georges County
Jan 08, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, College Park, seeks an Assistant Professor in Landscape Management/Urban Ecology with a focus in plant ecology of urban landscapes. The position is allied with the Department’s Landscape Management Program and will provide leadership to the land care industry within the rapidly developing, environmentally-sensitive Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The incumbent will be a collaborative individual who has extensive training in the ecology or management of urban plant communities and broad knowledge of landscape construction and management practices. This individual should be an enthusiastic liaison to organizations and governmental agencies that have regulatory or advisory responsibilities to the land care industry. Research interests should address both basic and applied aspects of land care management. Potential areas of research emphasis might include quantitative aspects of energy flow in managed urban landscapes, characterization of biological and physical processes within urban landscapes, best management practices for plant establishment and sustainability, biological systems for stormwater management, and cost benefit analysis of plant communities subjected to interventionist management practices including ecosystem services. Responsibilities: • The incumbent is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, seminars, and workshops related to landscape management, and landscape construction. Other topics might include sustainable and restorative site technologies, and urban landscape ecosystem services. • The incumbent will be expected to develop a clearly-defined research program that contributes to new disciplinary knowledge in plant ecology in urban environments and the management of urban landscapes. • The incumbent will contribute to advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and to curriculum development Minimum Qualifications: Required: • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Horticulture, Plant Science, Ecology, Urban Forestry, or related field. Applicants may also have a Bachelors or Masters degree in Landscape Architecture with a Ph.D. in a related field. • Successful candidates will have experience in teaching and/or practical experience in landscape and stormwater management. Preferences: Preferred: • Preference will be given to candidates who have conducted externally sponsored research and have a demonstrated track record of collaborating with colleagues across a broad array of disciplines. Additional Certifications: Additional Information: Faculty members are expected to serve the professional community through review of publications and participation on competitive grant panels, in national and international professional meetings, and other activities. It is also expected that this individual will participate in other duties and committees as required by the department, college, and university, and interact with organizations representing their field in the state and region. Candidates must apply online at Application packet should include the following: • A letter of interest • Curriculum vitae • Statement of current and future research interests (2 page maximum) • Statement of teaching interest and philosophy (2 page maximum) • Transcripts (unofficial are sufficient for application) • Full contact information for three references, and their relationship to applicant Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package. Position is open until filled. Review of application material will begin December 09, 2013. Questions may be sent to Dr. Mark Carroll, Faculty Search Committee Co-Chair, at For more information on the Department visit our web site at Posting Date: 11/11/2013 Closing Date: Open Until Filled Yes Best Consideration Date 12/09/2013 Diversity Statement: The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.