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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture (Interdisciplinary Design & Planning, Design Studio) in Syracuse, New York

Location: Syracuse, NY Category: Faculty Posted On: Fri Mar 3 2023 Job Description:

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Interdisciplinary Design and Planning with a Design Studio Focus

The Department of Landscape Architecture (DLA) at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) is seeking candidates for an academic year, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank, starting in August of 2023.

SUNY ESF is the premier environmental college in New York State and one of only a small number of doctoral degree-granting institutions in the 64-campus SUNY system. Landscape architecture faculty and students at ESF work in collaboration with disciplinary experts in environmental resources engineering, environmental biology, sustainable construction management, environmental justice, and many other specialized environmental fields. ESF is both a small, close-knit community of approximately 120 faculty members and 2200 students and also the vital partner of a major comprehensive institution, Syracuse University (SU), our nearest neighbor on University Hill along with SUNY Upstate Medical University.

We encourage applications from landscape architecture scholars who embrace the opportunities afforded by ESF for inter- and transdisciplinary teaching, research, and creative practice. At ESF, faculty are not expected to succeed in isolation, but instead join a structured network of faculty partners who support one another. Through our connections across the college, at SU, SUNY Upstate, and beyond, we help new faculty launch successful, collaborative academic careers. Existing research networks of DLA faculty include the recently developed Urban Sustainability cluster, Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation, Center for Biosphere Reserve Studies, and Center for Community Design Research. The position outlined below builds upon, and expands, existing strengths and emerging areas of the discipline, balancing breadth and depth in the expertise of our faculty.

In a new era of growth and design leadership, the DLA is boldly reimagining our approach to landscape architecture education, research, and community service. With the support of a college administration that recognizes the value of our discipline, we have new state-of-the-art facilities following the $45 million renovation of our historic home, Marshall Hall (completion date in mid-2023). We are eager to welcome a new colleague who will be an active participant in shaping the next era in the department's history.

The DLA has the following programs: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Science in Landscape Architecture. Through the ESF Graduate Program in Environmental Science, we also work with Master of Science and Ph.D. students with interests in community planning and related topics.

All our new faculty positions have an interdisciplinary emphasis, even if the position descriptions are necessarily written to be more specific. For example, we recognize the areas of social/cultural studies and humanities as not separate from, but part of, critical discourses of ecology and information/representation technologies. Social/cultural studies may be embodied in separate faculty positions (a focus on community engagement, social justice, cultural practices, and so forth) or embedded within approaches in ecology/data, modeling, and so on. While the advertised positions are presented as being distinct from one another, we welcome hybrid applications.

Interdisciplinary design and planning with a design studio focus

The design studio is the heart of our BLA and MLA curricula, and most department faculty teach design studios. In a college of environmental science, the design studio is a unique pedagogical vehicle that is adaptable, flexible, and a model for innovation, one that serves as an incubator for transformative ideas that address pressing societal needs. We are looking for someone who understands the studio environment as a place of mentoring that supports the diversity of students engaged in the learning process. This means engaging in a contemporary approach to teaching design that allows for a diversity of paths and paces for learning, questioning outdated paradigms that insist all student work meet predetermined visual, technical, and conceptual standards. The person hired for this position would delve into the transdisciplinary nature of landscape architecture by raising questions that prompt investigation of the complicated intersections of our discipline.

This position is open-ended in terms of specific subject area specializations. We welcome applications from candidates who are strong design instructors and who also have an area of expertise in one or more of the following: landscape history; cultural landscape conservation and preservation; ecological restoration or ecology/plants; spatial equity, cultural inclusivity, and environmental justice; urban planning and design; sustainable energy; or other emerging issues in planning and design.

Responsibilities: Successful candidates will have the potential to develop, or show evidence of, a robust research/scholarship/creative practices program, excellence in teaching, and service to the college and discipline. New faculty members will play prominent roles in the delivery of our core curricula and must demonstrate a strong interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate students. We employ team-taught studios with an emphasis on learning in a supportive environment. The ability to establish collaborative and collegial working relationships is required, as is an ability and interest in teaching and/or supporting design studios. We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Job Requirements:

Required Qualifications:

  • A terminal degree in Landscape Architecture or a related discipline by the date of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A strong record of productivity in research, scholarship, and/or creative work and previous teaching experience at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

  • Grounding in one or more disciplines, interdisciplinary research experience, and/or international teaching or practical experience.

    Additional Information:

About the College of Environmental Science and Forestry: Founded in 1911, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is the nation's oldest and most respected school dedicated to the study of the environment, developing renewable technologies and building a sustainable future. The ESF main campus is in Syracuse, NY and has regional campuses throughout Central New York and the Adirondack Park. ESF consistently earns high rankings in US News and World Report, Forbes, Peterson's Guide, The Washington Monthly, Princeton Review and other national college guidebooks.

Our College community is committed to being a leader in the evolving higher education landscape. In this spirit of ongoing innovation, we have formally established the ESF Open Academy, an academic unit that encompasses the College's summer semester, professional, and public education programs, as well as a renewed institutional commitment to online educational programming.

Location: The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is located in Syracuse, New York, a dynamic and diverse community with plentiful natural, cultural, and civic opportunities. "The Places Rated Almanac" ranks Syracuse among the top 10 percent of "Best Places to Live." Located on the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes, Syracuse is within easy travel to New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal, and Toronto as well as the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Mountains. SUNY-ESF is one of eight colleges and universities located in Onondaga County. The Syracuse University campus is immediately adjacent to SUNY-ESF, and SUNY Upstate Medical University is located within easy walking distance.

The ESF campus provides a rich array of curricular and co-curricular experiences with our main Syracuse campus just southeast of downtown Syracuse and our regional campuses stretching from southern Onondaga County to the Adirondacks. The Syracuse area, location of our main campus, is home to many cultural events, museums, state and local parks and numerous festivals throughout the year along with a growing downtown in the city of Syracuse. Onondaga County provides a variety of neighborhoods including urban, rural and suburban with strong schools, affordable housing and supportive communities.

Central New York is also home to numerous hospitals and medical facilities including SUNY Upstate Medical University, the St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, the VA Hospital of Syracuse and Crouse Hospital with all providing unique specialty areas to support the needs of the community.

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The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse community that promotes equity and inclusion for all its members. Diversity that arises from differences such as, but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, national origin, or religious traditions is central and indispensable to the institutional excellence and mission of the College.

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