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University of Massachusetts Amherst Tenure Track Position in Landscape Architecture in Amherst, Massachusetts

Tenure Track Position in Landscape Architecture

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Job no: 501872

Work type: Faculty Full Time

Location: UMass Amherst

Department: Landscape Arch & Regional Plan

Union: MSP

Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description:

The focus of this position is on the technology required to design and represent sustainable landscapes. The successful candidates are expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise graduate student research, contribute significantly to the advancement of green technology, site engineering, and digital visualization and fabrication as evidenced by scholarly publications and/or awarding-winning design projects. Teaching responsibilities will be at the undergraduate and graduate levels with potential courses including: design studios, site engineering, digital design representation, and a specialty course that supports their scholarship. Knowledge of digital representation tools for landscape visualization is required, as well as the principles and techniques of site engineering. Candidates should have experience with theory and practice regarding sustainable landscape design and construction and with emerging programs and practices that advance landscape sustainability and resilience. Experience in applied research, design, and professional practice is a critical need for this position. The Department promotes cross-disciplinary research and practice with allied programs at the University including Architecture, Building and Construction Technology, Engineering, and Information Technology. Positive consideration is given to candidates with a teaching, research and/or service record that encourages diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives of students.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.


Candidates must have:

  • An accredited landscape architecture degree (undergraduate or graduate);

  • A graduate degree (masters or doctorate) in landscape architecture or a related field;

  • Demonstrated capacity for scholarly research or design which may include peer-reviewed scholarship and award-winning creative work;

  • Demonstrated research expertise or design excellence in the field of landscape technology, especially green technology, site engineering, and digital visualization and fabrication.

In addition, preferred qualifications may include:

  • Professional experience in landscape architecture;

  • Demonstrated capacity for teaching;

  • Demonstrated ability to attain external funding to support research or design work;

  • Landscape architecture licensure.

Additional Information:

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) is one of the few programs where planning and design are in the same academic department, and enjoys a national and international reputation with a focus on sustainability. We are a collegial department with a new, award-winning building and investment by the university. The Department has accredited programs in Landscape Architecture (MLA, BSLA), and Regional Planning (MRP). We also offer a PhD in Regional Planning, a B.S. in Sustainable Community Development, and Associate degree in Landscape Contracting. The Department is committed to teaching, supporting, and attracting a diverse body of students.

Application Instructions:

The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 18, 2019. The search will continue until the position is filled.

Candidate should provide the following in their application package:

  • Letter of interest including your research, design, and teaching interests and experience;

  • A comprehensive curriculum vitae;

  • Selected samples of work (research, design, and/or teaching);

  • A one-page statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, identifying past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarship, and/or mentoring, teaching and outreach activities. For more information, see the University diversity statement:

  • Contact information for three references (including name, title, address, telephone number and email).

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Aug 15 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

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