Cornell University, Landscape Architecture

Position ID:Cornell-Landscape Architecture-AP [#24025, WDR-00034692]
Position Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Landscape Architecture
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/12/16, finished 2023/12/20, listed until 2023/06/16)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

Faculty Position Available Assistant Professor Landscape History/Design Theory Department of Landscape Architecture College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

Position: Assistant Professor, Tenure Track Location: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5701. The academic home for this position is the Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Position Description and Responsibilities: The Department of Landscape Architecture invites applications for a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. The position includes 70% teaching and 30% research responsibilities. The successful applicant will bring experience and expertise in the area of landscape history and/or design theory with innovative teaching and professional experience.

Outstanding research scholarship is expected, as is excellence in and commitment to teaching, translation of knowledge, and advising and mentoring of students. We seek colleagues with an outstanding record demonstrating success and promise across all these areas, and who will be supported by and contribute to a vibrant culture of inclusive excellence at Cornell. The successful candidate will also engage in service and leadership activities within their department, the college, and university, and relevant professional societies.

While we view every landscape as an opportunity to create a healthier, more inspiring, socially just, and ecologically responsive world, we also recognize that many deep, systematic, and lasting inequities in the built environment result from a range of discriminatory practices closely related to the field including harmful zoning, infrastructure planning, natural resource (dis)possession and management, transportation and other planning and design decisions. As designers, we strive to address these challenges; we also recognize the complex history of our discipline in creating and upholding many of these harmful social structures. We are seeking a person who can engage our students in dialogues on both the accomplishments and harsh realities of our discipline’s history, so they will create more equitable futures. The candidate is expected to conduct related research and/or creative inquiry that contributes critical perspective to the discipline and profession.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching two design studios and two research seminars per year that offer perspective on critical projects and precedents in landscape history, historical inequities in design and planning, design and justice in communities, and/or other related subject areas.

Background: Over its 115-year history, Cornell’s Department of Landscape Architecture has achieved national recognition for its excellence in innovative teaching pedagogies that challenge students to become responsible, engaged and creative designers. Our department is adapting to meet the critical issues affecting the planet and its inhabitants through a continued emphasis on the agency of design.

The Department offers three unique degrees. The MLA provides the foundational, historical, theoretical, technical, and skills-based grounding of the field of landscape architecture. The MPS degree offers students a one-year immersive course of study, including a collaborative research project. The BSLA is the only undergraduate professional degree in landscape architecture offered at an Ivy League institution and combines university requirements in biological, physical and social sciences, humanities, and written and oral communication within a studio-based design curriculum.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have an accredited degree in landscape architecture and be expected to be developing a body of rigorous research and/or creative inquiry in landscape history and/or design theory. An MLA is required and a PhD or license within the field or related discipline is desirable.

Cornell is a unique Ivy League Land Grant University that supports a robust program of community-engaged research and outreach. We seek strong educators committed to both professional preparation and intellectual inquiry, who are able to link theory and practice through their teaching and research. We seek a candidate with the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Applications and Starting Date: Anticipated starting date is July 1, 2023 or as negotiated. Applications are encouraged from candidates of all backgrounds, particularly from underrepresented groups and identities. Qualified applicants should submit:

1) a cover letter briefly summarizing background, qualifications, and interest in the position; 2) a research statement outlining experience, interests, and goals (2-page maximum); 3) a teaching statement outlining experience, interests, and goals (2-page maximum); 4) a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion outlining how, through research, teaching, extension, mentoring, and/or service, the candidate has and will contribute to support Cornell’s mission of “any person … any study,”; 5) a detailed curriculum vitae, 6) a portfolio (20 pages maximum), featuring examples of outstanding creative work including research, professional practice, and teaching; 7) a writing sample; and 8) contact information for three references.

Materials should be submitted online to: Applications received by February 15, 2023, will be given full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University is engaged in pioneering pursuit of inclusive, purpose-driven science. As Cornell University’s second largest college, with discovery for impact at its core, we work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through equitable, world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments, and their communities both in New York state and around the world.

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches including positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the main campus in Ithaca, New York. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League and Land-grant university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Cornell's regional and global presence includes state-wide Cornell Cooperative Extension programs and offices in all counties and boroughs, global partnerships with institutions and communities engaged in life-changing research and education, the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, and the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

The Cornell community embraces diversity and inclusion. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. We value AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts and retains persons of all races, ethnicities, and genders. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

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Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law. 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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:
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Ithaca, New York 14853