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Open Rank - Assistant/Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture Program

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Architecture & Urban Studies
Department: Landscape Architecture
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Architecture / Construction / Planning

Applications are invited for appointment as tenure track Assistant Professor in the Landscape Architecture Program in the School of Architecture+Design to commence on August 10, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.  Outstanding candidates for Associate Professor or Professor may be considered for appointment on tenure terms. 

Job Description

The Landscape Architecture Program is looking for a faculty member who is an emerging or established leader in green and blue infrastructure and design for environmental resilience (including watershed sensitive design, sustainability, and environmental landscape performance). This position, based on the main campus in Blacksburg, includes teaching, service, and research, and is based upon an academic year (9-month) calendar. We welcome applications for Assistant Professor, Associate Professor or Professor level based on experience.

The Position: The chosen faculty would teach (design studios, technical and lecture courses, topical seminars) and supervise students in the degree programs (minor, bachelor, master’s, and PhD) with an emphasis on watershed sensitive site design and land planning, landscape performance, and design studios. The ideal candidate will have a scholarly/creative research agenda with expertise related to blue and green infrastructure and design for resilience, such as: storm water and sea level rise, climate change and sustainable design.
Faculty are expected to contribute the life of the program through curricula and extra-curricula engagement activities, and committee service, as well as activities of the school, college and university related to their areas of expertise and interests and in response to needs of the program. The Landscape Architecture Program is interested in candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with diverse populations, the skills to teach contemporary approaches to investigation, visualization, and community engagement, and the ability to inspire students.
We seek candidates who can work effectively and collegially in collaborative and interdisciplinary settings. All persons with proven experience/track record in the areas described in this job posting are encouraged to apply. Candidates with PhDs and/or licensure in landscape architecture are encouraged to apply. The position will be classified according to the candidate’s merit. We strongly encourage candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our academic community to apply.

Position does require occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings.

Required Qualifications

• A Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture or a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture or BS in Landscape Architecture plus a terminal degree in a related field, at the time employment begins. Landscape architecture degree must be from an accredited degree program.
• Ability to teach site design and planning studios, green and blue infrastructure and design for environmental resilience (including watershed sensitive design, sustainability, and environmental landscape performance)
• Demonstrated scholarly publication record and/or creative works.
• Versatility in teaching and supervision at all undergraduate and graduate levels of study.

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD on a topic of landscape architecture, earned in that field or in a related field.
• Proven potential grant and other funding for research and development projects from private and public sector granting agencies;
• Evidence of peer-reviewed scholarly/creative research, such as publications, presentations, design competitions, books and awards.
• A record of successful teaching or demonstrated potential for teaching in a university program
• Licensure in landscape architecture
• Eligibility for or membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects, or membership in a professional association of landscape architects or another closely allied professional organization.

Required Documents

  • Cover letter expressing interest and qualifications, including summary of notable accomplishments.
  • Personal statement of teaching interest and philosophy.
  • Personal statement of research interests.
  • Personal statement of diversity, inclusion and equity.
  • A curriculum vitae that presents the candidate’s teaching experience, list of publications, list of research grants, and, if applicable, list of professional projects.
  • Portfolio of scholarly, professional and teaching work (max. 9 MB PDF).
  • Reference list of three persons (including names and titles) the search committee may contact. Including: e-mail addresses and phone numbers.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

April 19, 2021

Additional Information

About Landscape Architecture
The Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech is an educational community committed to discovering, developing and disseminating knowledge related to the discipline and profession of landscape architecture. We are dedicated to developing and expanding greater societal understanding and problem-solving addressing the complex interrelationships between people and the physical environment, and exploring more sustainable and resilient futures through planning, designing, and managing landscapes that integrate design for resilience, people and place, and community-based design, as well as design education and pedagogy.

The program offers two accredited degrees (5-year BLA and MLA), a minor in Landscape Architecture and a Landscape Architecture track in the School A+D’s Architecture & Design Research PhD program. The curriculum reflects a continued commitment to discovery-based, experiential learning, and disciplinary and interdisciplinary content.

Our program is a recognized national leader within the discipline. We are at the forefront of addressing many critical issues, including community-based design practices; design for resilience including design and planning for sea level rise, climate change and blue and green infrastructure; and the planning, design and development of healthy, resilient communities. This work extends from the classroom into diverse communities, and through scholarly and creative works.

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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