Assistant Teaching Professor in Landscape Architecture

Pennsylvania State University

United States

Assistant Teaching Professor in Landscape Architecture
Penn State University

Campus/Location:University Park Campus
Campus City:University Park, PA
Date Announced:12/06/2019
Date Closing:open until filled
Job Number:92401
Work Unit:College of Arts and Architecture
Department:Landscape Architecture

Penn State’s Department of Landscape Architecture seeks an innovative, thoughtful practitioner or academic interested in devoting two years of focus on enhancing our department’s curricular offerings in social issues in Landscape Architecture—which can range from environmental justice to design for connection/inclusion to power structures in urban design. We further seek a faculty member who will contribute to a climate that embraces excellence and diversity: evidence of a commitment to working collegially with individuals from diverse backgrounds is required. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. The successful candidate will join our collegial community as a fixed-term multi-year Assistant Teaching Professor for two years starting in August 2020 to redesign an existing online general education course in social issues with our College Office of Digital Learning. They also will team teach our “community design” studio and contribute to additional studios/seminars/skills courses. The position additionally will entail some service responsibilities within the department and the Stuckeman School as well as the expectation of some research or creative activity. Required Qualifications include a terminal degree in Landscape Architecture or a related discipline (with at least one professional degree in Landscape Architecture). Candidates should further possess experience in practice and/or teaching focused on social issues in Landscape Architecture, a passion for teaching with evidence or promise of success in effective teaching and should be enthusiastic team players to thrive in our frequently team-taught courses. Landscape Architecture at Penn State includes a professional undergraduate program (BLA) that is consistently ranked among the top 3 by DesignIntelligence (currently #1), a highly ranked 3-year professional graduate program (MLA), a research-focused graduate program (MSinLA), a Ph.D., 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. Our departmental community includes about 200 students and 20 faculty with wide-ranging professional expertise. Our home, the LEED Gold Stuckeman Family Building, serves as an inspiring environment for learning and scholarship. Our department resides 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 our new Center, E+D: Ecology plus Design. 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 90,000 inhabitants (including 45,000 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 three- to four-hour drive. To apply, submit a letter of application that includes a statement of your experience that prepares you for this highly focused position; a curriculum vitae; a 20-page max. digital portfolio of research and/or creative work in PDF format, and names of 3 references to Penn State’s electronic application system EJMS # 92401 . For full consideration, submissions must be received by March 1, 2020; review will begin immediately thereafter and continue until suitable candidates are found. Please direct any questions to Eliza Pennypacker, Department Head, or 814.865.7832. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups. To review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety matters and policies, please go to, which will explain how to request a paper copy of the Annual Security Report.


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