The University of Southern California School of Architecture invites applications for a full-time, tenured faculty position in landscape architecture at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The successful applicant will also serve as Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture program. The appointment is expected to begin in August 2019.
Candidates must have a strong record of recognized accomplishment in their field(s) and an active research/creative work profile that addresses contemporary needs within landscape architecture and related disciplines. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates should include evidence of notable accomplishments in design and research to date, as well as evidence of effective teaching.
The School seeks a dynamic and accomplished leader to head the MLA program in a collaborative environment where students in landscape architecture, architecture, building science, and heritage conservation explore the multiple dimensions of a design education for the 21st century. Our program is a rigorous, studio-based course of graduate study that builds upon the foundations of design, urban ecology, history and theory, technical courses, and practice to develop the expansive skills and knowledge required for successful practice, teaching, and research. The new Director will be expected to elevate the program’s academic standing and ranking; exploit the School’s location in the ecological and social hot spot of Southern California; and create synergies with new academic initiatives focused on global cities and urbanism/urban design. The new faculty member should be comfortable managing the operations of the degree program; leading and participating in student recruitment and admissions reviews; collaborating with other administrative leaders, faculty members, and students; teaching graduate-level courses; and maintaining a robust research/creative work agenda. Although landscape design has long been a part of the interdisciplinary education in the School, the formal landscape architecture degree program was established more recently and received its initial accreditation in 2011. Instructors in the program include full-time, tenure-track faculty and a wide array of respected landscape architects in practice.
The Director will lead an accredited professional degree program in landscape architecture. He/she will be responsible for shaping the pedagogy of the academic program of study, integrating the program into the life of the School and University, and collaborating with the Dean and other senior leaders to align his or her vision with the mission of the School. The Director will advocate for the program and foster external relations with alumni, the advisory board, the local academic and professional communities, parents, and supporters of the program. The Director will report directly to the Dean.
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