Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
06 Jan 2018
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03 Feb 2018
Academic Discipline
Arts & Humanities, Architecture
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Colorado State University (CSU) is a land-grant institution and a Carnegie Research University. CSU was founded as the Colorado Agricultural College in 1870, six years before the Colorado Territory gained statehood. It was one of 68 land-grant colleges established under the Morrill Act of 1862. The doors opened to a freshman class of 20 students in 1879. In 1935, the school became the Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts, or Colorado A & M, and was renamed Colorado State University in 1957. The University has grown to its present enrollment of approximately 34,000 students.

The landscape architecture program originated in 1975 and is committed to ongoing exploration of design, precedent/history, nature and culture in order to prepare students for the challenges of the future and to enable faculty to achieve excellence in teaching, advising, research, and service.

The location of Colorado State University in the Rocky Mountain / High Plains / Front Range Region offers an extraordinary variety of landscape architectural situations and a diverse mixture of governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. The region offers exceptional learning opportunities for students and an expanse of teaching, advising, research, and service opportunities for faculty.
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Colorado State University is currently breaking ground on the new Richardson Design Center (RDC). The Richardson Design Center will offer cutting-edge technologies in inspiring spaces to encourage multi-disciplinary and hands-on learning. As CSU President Tony Frank describes, “The Richardson Design Center will position Colorado State University to become an innovative hub for design-thinking and entrepreneurship in the Rocky Mountain region. Integrating with our exceptional academic programs in design, engineering, business, and the arts, it will be a magnet for creativity, where talented students, faculty, and industry leaders gather to learn, discover, and design together.”

The Horticulture and Landscape Architecture department strives to discover, apply, and disseminate knowledge and technology while developing future leaders in the state, the nation, and the world. Through hands-on experiential learning in each of our three majors, Environmental Horticulture, Horticulture, and Landscape Architecture, we encourage human engagement with the landscape and demonstrate our focus to solve problems for people, agriculture, and the environment through scholarship and creativity fostered by teamwork and individual diversity.

Position Summary

Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at Colorado State University. This is a full-time, 9-month tenure-track position in the landscape architecture program (BSLA), anticipated to start August 15, 2018.

Areas of Contribution: The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of technical and construction methods, core principles of design, process oriented practice, design computing and hand drawing, and a passion for teaching and critical design exploration. The individual will be responsible for teaching an average of four courses per year across the curriculum in the undergraduate program. Course technology ranges from AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, and SketchUp – and course topics include landscape history, advanced computer modeling, site engineering and construction documentation, urban design, garden design, and a breadth of theory and practice.

The candidate will be expected to develop a program of research and outreach in landscape architecture. In the spirit of the land-grant university mission, the ideal candidate will embrace opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary research and projects throughout the University and the broader community.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

  • Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) or Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA)
  • An accredited degree in landscape architecture
  • Minimum of two years of professional practice experience demonstrating working knowledge in landscape architecture
  • Demonstrated ability to teach the technical and construction based skills with contemporary knowledge and use of design computing/3D modeling (Such as AutoCAD, Microstation, GIS, Rhino, SketchUp, and Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Demonstrated ability to impart knowledge through teaching and mentoring
  • Strong communication skills
  • Potential to develop a program of landscape architecture research and outreach, to include interdisciplinary work

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Demonstrated pedagogical experience in advanced subjects of design, advanced technologies, analog and digital methods, planting design and design theory
  • Evidence of contemporary professional practice and ability to demonstrate successful technical design within drawing/construction sets and/or built work
  • Demonstrate professional accomplishments in the field

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please provide the following application materials:

  1. A letter of application stating interest and qualifications
  2. A statement addressing your teaching philosophy, background and experience in advanced technologies, site engineering and construction methods across the profession (2 page max)
  3. A resume or CV
  4. Unofficial transcripts
  5. A portfolio of professional and scholarly work (9MB max)
  6. Contact information for three references.

Reference will not be contacted prior to notification of the candidate. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however for full consideration, submit materials by February 1, 2018.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

Up to 4 courses per academic level at undergraduate level

Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

Creative Scholarship

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

HLA and CSU committee assignments