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Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture - Climate Change Resilience

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Architecture/Art/Design, Research/Scientific/Grants, Instruction

Department: Landscape Architecture
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline

Review begins November 28, 2022 (updated); position open until filled.

Required Application Materials

Along with your online application, please upload the following materials:

• A cover letter describing your research, your teaching/mentoring experience and how it aligns with the position announcement, and your interest in teaching the topics noted below.
• Curriculum vitae.
• Contact information for three references.
• Evidence of teaching/mentoring effectiveness.
• A short statement of up to 250 words explaining how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in relation to your teaching, service and/or research.

Position Announcement

The Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon welcomes applications for an Assistant Professor in Climate Change Resilience. This faculty member will specialize in technical design and/or crafting of landscapes that are resilient to climate change-induced sea level rise, storm surges, and flooding; productive landscapes; and/or planting and ecological designs resilient to droughts, wildfire and/or water shortages.

Teaching duties may include landscape design studios (graduate and undergraduate), foundations, ecology-related, technical (e.g., site analysis, media, planting design), grading and drainage, construction, and productive landscape (agriculture, forestry, food-forests) related courses.

The 9-month academic year salary comes with a generous benefits package. Typically, tenure-track faculty members teach five 11-week courses or studios per year (slightly less than the semester equivalent of four courses per academic year). New assistant professors have a reduced teaching load of four 11-week courses per year for two years. Teaching, research, and service are 40%, 40%, and 20% of the workload, respectively. Faculty often serve as advisors for students, but most advising is provided by advising staff members.

This search is part of an eleven-cluster hire that reflects the UO’s commitment to investing in transdisciplinary research and teaching in climate solutions and environmental justice.

Department or Program Summary

The BLA, MLA, and PhD in Landscape Architecture programs at the University of Oregon each provide rigorous, accredited curricula combining theory, research, design skills, and extensive real-world studio instruction so that students become effective and creative leaders in the profession. A Bachelor of Environmental Design degree is also in the planning phase. Landscape Architecture programs are located on the University of Oregon’s main campus in Eugene.

Minimum Requirements

• A master’s degree in landscape architecture or related field
• Evidence of research productivity.
• Evidence of teaching accomplishment.

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD in Landscape Architecture or related field such as Geography, Environmental Studies, Engineering, and Ecology.
• Registration as a landscape architect.

About the University

The University of Oregon and the state of Oregon have traditionally stood at the forefront of environmental movements and policy. This newly established faculty position enables our research and curriculum to address climate change resilience that is nimble, creative, long-lasting, and socially responsible. We are dedicated to the ethos that landscape architecture, focused on the human imprint on this earth, avoids and mitigates climate changes by providing innovative nature-based solutions, rather than immense, expensive, and over-engineered strategies.

Pacific Northwest resilience can set an international standard, as our coastal areas adapt to sea level rise. Oregon is also at the center of climate change concerns regarding drought and wildfire. Dwindling aquifers and snowpack portend a shift away from status quo irrigation practices. Wildfire mitigation and wildfire recovery also demand landscape solutions that involve and nurture local communities.

The College of Design is a leader and exemplar on the University of Oregon campus for our ongoing activities addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion. The College is an international leader in promoting the Spatial Justice Initiative, which brings visiting scholars to the School of Architecture & Environment to teach and research on spatial justice issues. Students and faculty in the department of landscape architecture have crafted a DEI Toolkit, which proactively guides our actions in making the department an inclusive place to work and study. The College offers a supportive and collaborative teaching and research environment, and actively encourages applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds.

The University of Oregon is located in the beautiful Willamette Valley, with easy access to snow-capped mountains and scenic coastlines. The University of Oregon is a comprehensive R1 research university that serves its students and the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world through the creation and transfer of knowledge in the liberal arts, the natural sciences, and the professions. UO is a member of the Association of American Universities.


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The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

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