University of Connecticut, Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

Position ID:UConn-PlantScience-494885 [#17581, 494885]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Plant Science
Landscape Architecture
Appl Deadline: (posted 2020/11/17, listed until 2021/02/01)
Position Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this position has passed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***


The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut is pleased to invite applications for a full-time (nine-month appointment, 40% research and 60% teaching), tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The anticipated start date is August 23, 2021, with the possibility of early start.

The successful candidate will be expected to enhance scholarship and research in the Program of Landscape Architecture by securing extramural funding, publishing in high impact journals, and attaining a national reputation in the field. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop a significant cross-disciplinary scholarly program, teach up to three undergraduate courses per academic year, advise undergraduates and graduate students, and provide academic and professional services. Ability to teach within the landscape architecture core curriculum (graphics, theory, design, and construction) is essential.

The Program of Landscape Architecture currently offers an LAAB accredited B.S.L.A. degree and an M.S. degree with a multi-disciplinary focus. Presently, the program has 50 undergraduate students and a small graduate program. We are currently working to develop an accredited MLA Program. Our graduates work in many of the top landscape architecture firms in Connecticut and across the country. Our location on the Storrs Campus of the University is within a short driving distance to Boston and New York City.

The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) has developed and implemented a Strategic Vision to guide the development and focus of our teaching, research, and extension programs in the years 2020-2025. Faculty hired for this position will be expected to make significant contributions in their area of expertise, contributing to the advancement of one or more of the CAHNR’s four strategic initiatives.

  • Ensuring a vibrant agricultural industry and sustainable food supply
  • Enhancing health and well-being locally, nationally, and globally
  • Designing sustainable landscapes across urban-rural interfaces
  • Advancing resilience and adaptation in a changing climate

The CAHNR Strategic Vision provides additional information on the strategic initiatives and their related areas of emphasis.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

The University prioritizes scholarship in areas that include health and environmental sustainability, and offers significant opportunity for cross-disciplinary, collaborative scholarship in a number of areas including healthy and active communities, shoreline and community resilience, storm water management and green infrastructure, sustainable cities, landscape ecology, multi-modal transportation, and digital visualization and spatial analytics. UConn has been recognized as one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly campuses by a national publication of Sierra magazine. 


A Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design, Urban Planning, Urban Design or a related field; at least one professional degree in Landscape Architecture (undergraduate or graduate); excellent oral and written communication skills; excellent training in the area of scholarly interest; and proven ability to work in a collegial manner with colleagues and clientele from diverse disciplines and experience. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.


A record of attracting significant extramural funding, a record of published scholarly articles of high impact, and advanced training or experience in the area of scholarly interest. Experience with professional practice would be preferable.


This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2021 or earlier. The successful candidate's primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs Campus with an opportunity to support the UConn Hartford Campus Urban Design Initiative. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter that includes your vision and programmatic objectives,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Professional portfolio with your design/planned work and writing samples
  • Teaching portfolio with student work included
  • Graduate transcripts (not necessarily official copies)
  • Names and contact information for three (3) letters of reference.

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received no later than February 1, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Sohyun Park (

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Department of Plant Science
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4067
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-4067

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