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Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

This position, focusing on the core of our professional BLA and MLA curricula, is available beginning in August of 2015.

We seek a scholarly practitioner with a focus on design and professional practice. The successful applicant will apply his/her expertise to design studio, and design implementation and/or professional practice courses; s/he also will make an ongoing commitment to creative and/or scholarly work addressing design. Special consideration will be given to those who demonstrate a record of completed works that exemplify excellence in design innovation and execution. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Candidates for this position should be leaders who are fully committed to collaboration and interdisciplinary cooperation. Our faculty possesses considerable breadth of expertise and unanimous commitment to teaching, research and outreach. Many of our classes are team-taught and frequently engage students and faculty from other disciplines—all of which means that we both expect and value effective teamwork. Applicants for this position should expect to teach 2 courses per semester, at least one of which will be studio. Faculty conduct and publish advanced peer-reviewed scholarship which may include creative practice and/or externally-funded research. Faculty also engage in service to the University, department, community, and profession.

The required qualifications are a terminal degree in Landscape Architecture or a related discipline (with at least one professional degree in Landscape Architecture), and either demonstrated ability in effective teaching or evidence of commitment to developing excellent teaching skill.

Landscape Architecture at Penn State ( http://stuckeman.psu.edu/larch ) includes a nationally-ranked 5-year professional undergraduate program (BLA), a nationally-ranked 3-year professional graduate program (MLA), a research-focused graduate program (MSLA), a PhD, and an online MPS in Geodesign. The department requires all undergraduates to undertake study abroad; for many, this is through our program in Bonn, Germany. Ours is one of the larger Landscape Architecture departments with about 200 students and over 20 faculty with wide-ranging professional expertise. Our home, the LEED Gold Stuckeman Family Building, serves as an inspiring environment for learning.

Our department is one entity within the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, which includes Architecture and Graphic Design. Thanks to our School’s Stuckeman Endowments, our efforts are greatly enriched—by chairships and professorships, by funding for faculty initiatives, exhibits and lectures, etc. Note as well the significant location of our department within a College of Arts and Architecture, which includes Theatre, Music, Visual Arts, and Art History. Our university context offers an exciting array of opportunities for scholarship and outreach; within our School these include the Hamer Center for Community Design, the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing, and Water x Design, a collective of faculty addressing sustainable approaches to water issues.

Penn State was established in 1855 and is one of the most respected Research-1 institutions in the United States.

University Park/State College is located in central Pennsylvania, comprising approximately 86,000 inhabitants (including 44,000 students). This delightful small city is set in a rural valley of richly beautiful farmland amidst wooded mountains; yet Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York can each be reached in a four-hour drive or less.

To apply, submit a letter of application; a statement of teaching interests, creative and/or research achievements; a curriculum vitae; a portfolio of research and/or creative works, and names of 3 references. All of these materials should be submitted via Penn State’s electronic application system: https://app2.ohr.psu.edu/Jobs/ 

For full consideration, submissions must be received by January 1, 2015; review will begin in early January and continue until suitable candidates are found. Please direct any questions to Bonj Szczygiel, Chair Faculty Search Committee: 814-863-8596, or bxs28@psu.edu

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups.