Application: Landscape Architecture faculty

The School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) at the University of Michigan seeks applicants for two full-time tenured or tenure-track positions to contribute to the Master of Landscape Architecture Program. At least one of these positions will be appointed as a tenure-track assistant professor. An accredited degree in Landscape Architecture or related design field is required.  At least one of the following is also required: a doctoral degree, a record of significant scholarly accomplishment, or a record of award-winning professional work that exemplifies design as research.  Rank will be commensurate with experience.

We seek faculty colleagues who will meaningfully contribute to the ecological design focus of our Landscape Architecture Program, and to teaching, research and service in SNRE and the University. We are particularly interested in colleagues with expertise in one of the following areas: 1) landscape history and design, deepening our capacity for humanities-based environmental scholarship. 2) ecological landscape planning and design, deepening our capacity for GIS-based ecological landscape planning and in communicating landscape change to both professional and lay audiences; and 3) landscape visualization and representation, including both digital and traditional media, to visualize ideas, projects, or results for greater professional and community understanding.

SNRE is a research-oriented interdisciplinary professional graduate school that collaborates in leading the University-wide Program in the Environment for undergraduates.  Our mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth’s resources and the achievement of a sustainable society.  The faculty of the School is exceptionally diverse, with social scientists, ecologists, designers and planners working together in our LEED gold-rated historic Dana Building.  Along with Landscape Architecture, SNRE offers specializations in Behavior Education and Communication, Conservation Ecology, Environmental Informatics, Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy and Planning, and Sustainable Systems.  Its policies explicitly value the variety of pedagogies and scholarly expressions characteristic of SNRE’s diverse disciplines.  SNRE prizes our accredited 3-year MLA and 2-year post-professional MLA programs, which base design on a foundation of cultural interpretation and ecological understanding.  Our PhD in Landscape Architecture, established in 1939, allows faculty to educate scholars who will be influential in advancing the knowledge base of landscape architecture globally.  

Teaching.  We value colleagues who can make a strong contribution to teaching ecological design.  Each of our new colleagues will teach at least one course required for the MLA degree and have the opportunity to teach at least one design studio per year.  Courses that address graduate students from across SNRE, including group-based master’s projects, and courses for undergraduate students in the Program in the Environment may also be among the three courses per year required of each faculty member.  All Landscape Architecture faculty participate in academic counseling of graduate students and supervise doctoral and master’s research.

Scholarship. Successful applicants will be expected to conduct a strong program of research that is recognized for excellence.  SNRE’s interdisciplinary culture recognizes that scholarly methods and conventions vary across different areas of scholarship within the School.

Service.  New faculty will build cooperative ties with relevant University-wide programs and departments and make service contributions to the Program, School, University, and relevant professional and scholarly communities.  

Application materials should include a letter of application with a narrative description of your background, interests, and qualifications for the position (maximum five pages). Please characterize your research experience and plans. Describe courses that you are qualified to teach as well as information about classes you have taught or helped teach in the past. We encourage you to also submit a sample of professional or student work representative of studio courses you are qualified to teach. In addition, include a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Applications can be submitted in a single PDF to: .

This full-time, 9-month faculty appointment commences on September 1, 2014. Review of applications begins on December 1, 2013. For further information, please contact the Chair of the Landscape Architecture Search Committee, Professor Joan Nassauer (, 734-763-9893). Additional information about the Landscape Architecture Program and the School of Natural Resources and Environment can be found at

Once you complete this application, you will be asked to take a voluntary and simple self-identification survey. The University of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.  The University is required by federal law to request and maintain the following data on applicants for employment: racial/ethnic and gender.  This data provides the University and the Federal government with information necessary to monitor the University’s compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity requirements.

The University of Michigan is an AA/EO employer and individuals belonging to under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

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