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Harvard University Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture or Professor of Landscape Architecture (Public Realm) in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Title Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture or Professor of Landscape Architecture (Public Realm)

School Harvard Graduate School of Design

Department/Area Landscape Architecture

Position Description

Harvard’s Department of Landscape Architecture is actively seeking highly qualified individuals to offer graduate-level instruction and research with an emphasis on design for the public realm. A full-time tenure track position at the rank of associate professor is targeted, although the committee may also consider the appointment of a full professor with tenure.

The preferred candidate should bring a distinguished international reputation for their work in the discipline or profession of landscape architecture. They should have experience teaching at the graduate level in the discipline, and are expected to teach courses in design studios, lectures, seminars, and workshops in the context of an interdisciplinary design school with collaborative faculties in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design. Applicants should be prepared to advise thesis students and/or doctoral students.

We seek candidates with a focus on the design of public realm landscapes who are committed to advancing debates in environmental and social justice in the contemporary city. Candidates with expertise in landscape architecture and its intersection with urban design and contemporary public space design—including innovative infrastructure design, climate change, human health and design, engagement with underserved communities, urban recreational landscapes, waste sites and post-industrial landscapes—at all scales of human and non-human interactions. Candidates should see their work as expanding disciplinary boundaries and working across scales, embracing the multiple forces that contribute to the conceptualization of urban landscapes and their public dimensions. We are interested in candidates who have developed a research trajectory in public realm landscapes or with a history of consequential professional practice leading to a promising design research agenda.

The Department of Landscape Architecture educates landscape architects as committed protagonists in the urgent global demand to design a more equitable distribution of ecological, environmental, spatial, and economic resources. Candidates should regard this position as a robust platform for vocal citizenship, community engagement, and disciplinary leadership in the advancement of improved landscape futures across all regions of the world.

Basic Qualifications

Applicants are required to hold a master’s level degree in landscape architecture or a closely related field with preference given to those having earned a doctoral degree. Evidence of productivity in scholarly publications is helpful, and experience in landscape architecture practice is considered a plus.

Additional Qualifications

The school seeks to attract and retain individuals who possess a quality of mind demonstrating high levels of intelligence, clarity of expression, analytical ability, critical judgment, imagination, creativity, initiative, and industry, and a quality that enables individuals to support free inquiry and expression by others and to interact and work in constructive, collegial collaboration with faculty, staff, and students. In the school’s evaluation of candidates, desirable individual qualities and high potential are not substitutes for a record of creative and productive achievement. Creative contributions to the field through scholarship and/or design are essential to effective teaching over time. Continued study and investigation with public exposition of research and professional accomplishments are normal obligations of faculty at Harvard.

The position of associate professor is intended for individuals pursuing full-time academic careers who are highly effective teachers and whose creative work in scholarship, design/research work, or professional practice, or a combination thereof, indicates they are making excellent progress in their academic careers and that they will likely be viable candidates for tenure in the future. Appointments are made for a fixed term of four to six years on a full-time basis. Associate professors are guaranteed a review for promotion to professor, but are not guaranteed such a promotion.

At Harvard, the position of associate professor is untenured.

The position of professor is intended for individuals pursuing full-time academic careers who are highly effective teachers and whose creative work in scholarship, design research/work, or professional practice, or a combination thereof, is recognized by peers as a preeminent and enduring intellectual contribution to their field. Individuals in this position will employ their time teaching, conducting creative work in scholarship or design research/work, and fulfilling their responsibilities for academic service. Appointments are made with tenure on a full-time basis.

Special Instructions

For the required statement of teaching philosophy, please describe your pedagogical approach, including how you would approach teaching students across disciplines and departments in the context of design and/or planning education, in no more than two pages.

For the required statement of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, please address the following question in no more than two pages:

Given the geographic diversity represented in the GSD community, and our commitment to anti-racism and inclusion, how do you approach pedagogy and mentoring for a student cohort that is diverse across multiple dimensions including but not limited to nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, and gender identity?

Candidates should submit names and contact information for a minimum of 3 referees. Candidates will be notified regarding requests for recommendation letters during the short list phase of the recruitment process.

Applications will be reviewed beginning September 15, 2021.

Contact Information

Tim Hoffman, Faculty Affairs Administrator

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Equal Opportunity Employer

Additional Information:

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law. Additionally, as underscored by our school’s Community Values Statement ( , the GSD is committed to diversity and inclusion within our community, which is representative of individuals from varied abilities, backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, identities, races, lived experiences, and perspectives.

We especially welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented groups and candidates with experience teaching and working with diverse communities and students.

Minimum Number of References Required 3

Maximum Number of References Allowed 5

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