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Location: Syracuse, New York
Salary: 75,000 +
Internal Number: 159669
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Data-Driven Design
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.
A rapidly growing area of research in the DLA involves landscape visualization, virtual reality, alternative futures analysis, and other data-driven approaches to landscape planning and design. New facilities in our renovated building include cutting edge computing technology. These resources support an area of research that is attracting significant interest from our colleagues in the sciences and from funders. We seek to grow this area by hiring a new faculty member with teaching and research expertise in one or more of the following areas: geodesign; data/BIM interoperability; responsive technologies and landscape performance; parametric modeling/generative design; AI and design; remote sensing/drones/UAV imaging; big data/social media; and science communication. Beyond expertise in the technologies, we are looking for someone who critically engages in the implications of data-driven design, digital tools, and representation.
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.
- A terminal degree in Landscape Architecture or a related discipline by the date of appointment.
- 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.