Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Purdue University

United States



The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University, announces an academic year, tenure-track assistant professor position in Landscape Architecture.  Undergraduate teaching is a primary responsibility of this position, and the successful candidate will be expected to establish a program of engaging classroom and studio-based teaching, student advising, and service.  Candidates should demonstrate a clear potential to excel in an academic environment through excellence in research and peer-reviewed publication of scholarship leading to the development of new disciplinary knowledge.  While all candidates must possess a broad set of skills applicable to a comprehensive education in landscape architecture, this position seeks expertise in landscape performance, focused on landscape ecology and ecological factors.  The candidate’s ability to strengthen existing expertise in landscape plants and contribute to the teaching of plant materials as primary elements of design is highly desired.  The candidate will be expected to contribute to the new MS in Landscape Systems and Design, accepting students for Fall, 2020.  Collaborative approaches to scholarship at regional, national and international levels are strongly encouraged. 

The Landscape Architecture Program at Purdue University is a nationally ranked five-year professionally accredited undergraduate program leading to a B.S.L.A. degree. We are a community of students, alumni, faculty and administrators whose common mission is to prepare students for successful careers in landscape architecture, instilling in them the desire to continue to learn and seek new knowledge throughout their lives in the enhancement of the built environment and the advancement of the profession. We strongly endorse a collaborative attitude that fosters collegiality, civility and respect among peers, staff and students.


A Master's degree in landscape architecture; or a Ph.D. degree in landscape architecture or a related field is required, as is a notable record of professional and/or scholarly accomplishments.  At least one degree held by the candidate must be in landscape architecture.  Experience working with or teaching diverse groups is preferred.


Salary will be competitive and commensurate with professional experience.  This is an academic year appointment with excellent fringe benefits that include employer contributions to the individual’s retirement program, medical, life & disability insurance, and sabbatical-leave opportunities.

The College

The Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is an integral part of the College of Agriculture, one of the world’s leading colleges of agricultural, food, life, and natural resource sciences and ranked sixth in the US in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. The College is deeply committed to the three land-grant missions (teaching, research, and extension), to international activities and perspectives that span all missions, and to excellence in all we do.  The College has 11 academic departments and includes 313 faculty, 2803 undergraduate students, and 672 graduate students. The College’s strategic plan can be accessed at



Screening of applicants will begin October 1, 2019, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  The target for filling the position is August, 2020 or as early as January 2020.  Applicants are requested to submit a packet including: (i) a letter of application, (ii) a statement of teaching philosophy and goals (iii) a statement of the applicant’s vision for their academic scholarship (iv) a portfolio including examples of professional and creative work and/or student work as applicable and (v) a current curriculum vitae.  The Department and College are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in their cover letter, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion. In addition, applicants are asked to arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Colleen Flynn no later than October 1, 2019.

A background check is required for employment in this position.

Electronic application submission is required via this site – Please combine ALL application materials (letter of application, diversity and inclusion statement, CV, teaching statement, academic scholarship statement, and portfolio) into ONE pdf document.  Address questions regarding the position to Sean Rotar at 765-494-6007 or 

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