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Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture - Urban Ecological Justice

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

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

Application Deadline

December 4, 2023; position open until filled (updated)

Required Application Materials

To ensure full consideration, please submit an application along with the following:
• Curriculum vitae.
• A Cover letter describing your research, teaching/mentoring experience, and how it aligns with the position description; your interest in teaching the topics noted above.
• Evidence of teaching/mentoring effectiveness. This may include course evaluations (scores, departmental averages, and comments), mentored academic or professional awards, student-led publications, mentored creative works, grants for mentees, and teaching or mentoring awards in or out of academia.
• A short statement explaining how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in relation to your teaching, service, and/or research.
• Contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin November 27th and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Announcement

The Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Urban Ecological Justice. It is well-documented that disadvantaged communities have significantly less access to clean water, healthy food, moderated microclimates, sanitation, secure shelter, flood control, waste collection, air quality, parks, urban wildlife, and natural beauty. Climate change portends ever more dangerous and unhealthy environments in the form of more frequent flooding, food scarcity, housing displacement, heat waves, and other threats particularly faced by low-income households. Despite evidence of effective environmental solutions to social injustice, a distinct gap remains in the research addressing the implementation of such solutions.

Well-designed landscape architecture solutions can foster improved socioeconomic, physical health, mental health, and well-being by providing public spaces derived from the desires, traditions, and strengths of engaged community members. Thus, we welcome potential faculty members to join with our faculty and students in addressing inequities as we shape the world.

Teaching duties may include landscape design studios (graduate and undergraduate), foundations, ecology, technical issues in landscape design (e.g., site analysis, media, planting design), productive landscapes (agriculture, forestry, food forests) as well as courses related to community engagement, spatial justice, food sovereignty, and design for a sustainable world.

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 faculty members 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.

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.

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.

Minimum Requirements

• A Master's degree in Landscape Architecture or equivalent in a related field
• Evidence of research productivity
• Evidence of teaching accomplishment

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD in Landscape Architecture or related field
• A licensable degree in Landscape Architecture
• Registration as a Landscape Architect

About the University

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. It is a member of the Association of American Universities.

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.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://clery.uoregon.edu/annual-campus-security-and-fire-safety-report.

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