Auburn, Alabama

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Assistant or Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

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Job Description Summary

The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (APLA) at Auburn University, a comprehensive land-grant and research institution, seeks candidates for two full-time tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professors for appointment in the Landscape Architecture Programs with teaching responsibilities centered in design studio and one or more of the specialized topic areas indicated below, commencing August 2022.

The Auburn Landscape Architecture Programs are research-informed, design-led programs dedicated to training quality designers, addressing contemporary issues, and participating in critical landscape discourse. Grounded in the state of Alabama, we focus attention on places where the richness, complexity, and messiness of landscape is prominently felt, including post-industrial cities, infrastructural landscapes, rural landscapes, and coasts. Our curriculum places special emphasis on practices of fieldwork, landscape advocacy, and design research. At the end of our programs, students have the opportunity to work within the Alabama Lab, our design research lab.
We offer both an undergraduate degree (BLA) and a graduate degree (MLA). The first class of BLA students began their studies in August 2021. Successful candidates will contribute to the critical development and direction of this new BLA program as well as the continued refinement and improvement of the MLA program.

In addition to the BLA and MLA, our School also offers three allied degree programs: Bachelor of Architecture, Bachelor of Interior Architecture, and Bachelor of Environmental Design. APLA resides in the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction along with the McWhorter School of Building Science and the School of Industrial + Graphic Design. Opportunities for collaboration within the School, College, and broader University abound. We participate in a legacy of engaged public interest design work exemplified by our School's two off-campus centers: Rural Studio (Hale County, Alabama) and Urban Studio (Birmingham, Alabama), as well as our College's futures studio (Mobile, Alabama).

The Landscape Architecture Programs seeks two candidates with a strong interest in teaching design studio and the ability to teach core courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in one or more of the following areas of our curriculum:

1.) History, Theory, & Practice (with an emphasis on contemporary landscape theory; spatial justice; history of American, African, Asian, or Oceanic landscapes; and/or landscape aesthetics)
2.) Graphic Studies (with an emphasis on visual communication, digital media workflows, landscape simulation and/or design

Our studio sequences are structured to facilitate the development of sophisticated design practices by our students, with focus on site reading, form-making in relationship to aesthetic experience, and the systemic implications of design projects. Landscape advocacy, beginning design, material experimentation, and urban design are particular areas of need within the studio curriculum. As our Programs expand, we anticipate opportunities to build off-campus studio programs, both locally and abroad, and welcome applicants with interest in participating in that curricular development.

Responsibilities of appointments include teaching, service, and research. Successful candidates will demonstrate the capacity to maintain an active scholarly program disseminated through appropriate disciplinary venues. APLA faculty engage in and are supported in a broad range of formats for research and creative work. We are looking for hands-on collaborators who can participate in shaping a critical landscape pedagogy with us, either by building on our existing focal areas or by diversifying our expertise.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Master of Landscape Architecture degree, or a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture plus a terminal degree in a related field, at the time employment begins. Excellent interpersonal skills are required. All candidates selected for these positions must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time this position is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability employer.

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include: evidence of outstanding design skills, experience with contemporary drawing and modeling techniques (such as analog media, Rhino, Grasshopper, ArcGIS, or digital fabrication), experience in professional practice, experience in teaching, professional registration, and/or advanced degrees in Landscape Architecture or related fields. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Successful candidates will have a strong design philosophy grounded in contemporary practice and will have a track record of investigating contemporary issues through techniques that translate to a design studio setting. We strongly encourage candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our academic community to apply.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Required online submission materials include 1) a letter of interest including delineation of pedagogical and research interests; 2) a current curriculum vitae; 3) a print-ready (PDF format) digital copy of a portfolio illustrating the candidate's scholarly/creative work and (where applicable) examples of work illustrating prior teaching experience; 4) names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references.

Applicants interested in the stated focus areas should apply online at:

If an applicant's interest or experience spans multiple categories, it is strongly encouraged to submit materials . If applicants have questions or need assistance in completing the application, including reasonable accommodations, please email Rob Holmes

Review of applications will begin on 24 January 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Auburn University is understanding of sensitive to the family needs of faculty including dual-career couples. Please visit the following website for additional information:

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

In accordance with Auburn University policy and applicable federal requirements, all employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021, or by their first day of work, whichever is later. An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after they have received the second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine. The university will consider requests for medical or religious exemptions to the vaccine requirement in accordance with applicable law.

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AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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    Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn's founding. In 1872, under the Morrill Act, the school became the first land-grant college in the South and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1899 the name again was changed, to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute. Finally, in 1960 the name of the school was changed to Auburn University, a title more in keeping with its location, and expressing the varied academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university.

    Today, Auburn is one of the few universities to carry the torch as a land, sea and space grant university. Our fall 2014 semester enrollment was 25,912. Our students can choose from more than 140 degree options in 13 schools and colleges at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels.

    Auburn University has developed into one of the largest universities in the South, remaining in the educational forefront with its traditional blend of arts and applied science, and changing with the needs of today while living with a respect for the traditions and spirit that are Auburn.

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