The University of Southern California School of Architecture invites applications for a full-time, tenured faculty position in landscape architecture at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The successful applicant will also serve as Director of the Master of Landscape Architecture program. The appointment is expected to begin in August 2019.
Candidates must have a strong record of recognized accomplishment in their field(s) and an active research/creative work profile that addresses contemporary needs within landscape architecture and related disciplines. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Candidates should include evidence of notable accomplishments in design and research to date, as well as evidence of effective teaching.
The School seeks a dynamic and accomplished leader to head the MLA program in a collaborative environment where students in landscape architecture, architecture, building science, and heritage conservation explore the multiple dimensions of a design education for the 21st century. Our program is a rigorous, studio-based course of graduate study that builds upon the foundations of design, urban ecology, history and theory, technical courses, and practice to develop the expansive skills and knowledge required for successful practice, teaching, and research. The new Director will be expected to elevate the program’s academic standing and ranking; exploit the School’s location in the ecological and social hot spot of Southern California; and create synergies with new academic initiatives focused on global cities and urbanism/urban design. The new faculty member should be comfortable managing the operations of the degree program; leading and participating in student recruitment and admissions reviews; collaborating with other administrative leaders, faculty members, and students; teaching graduate-level courses; and maintaining a robust research/creative work agenda. Although landscape design has long been a part of the interdisciplinary education in the School, the formal landscape architecture degree program was established more recently and received its initial accreditation in 2011. Instructors in the program include full-time, tenure-track faculty and a wide array of respected landscape architects in practice.
The Director will lead an accredited professional degree program in landscape architecture. He/she will be responsible for shaping the pedagogy of the academic program of study, integrating the program into the life of the School and University, and collaborating with the Dean and other senior leaders to align his or her vision with the mission of the School. The Director will advocate for the program and foster external relations with alumni, the advisory board, the local academic and professional communities, parents, and supporters of the program. The Director will report directly to the Dean.
About USC School of Architecture
The University of Southern California is one of the world's leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles and a global center for the arts, technology, and international business, USC provides diverse curricular offerings and extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments.
In a comprehensive new study by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education, USC ranked 15thth out of 1,061 public and private universities in the United States and tied for second place with Columbia University for student and faculty diversity. Among California schools, only USC, Stanford, and Caltech appeared in the top 25, and of 150 colleges and universities in the western United States, USC ranked third.
USC's distinguished faculty of 4,000 innovative scholars, researchers, teachers, and mentors includes five Nobel laureates and dozens of recipients of prestigious national honors including the MacArthur "Genius" Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Medal of the Arts, the National Humanities Medal, the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology and In...novation, and the Pulitzer Prize.
The School has been educating explorers since its founding in 1919. Today, the School of Architecture is organized around four key fields of study: architecture, landscape architecture + urbanism, heritage conservation and building science. At the undergraduate level, the School offers both a five-year professional degree (BArch) and a four-year non-professional degree (BSAS) in Architecture. The School offers the following graduate degrees: Master of Architecture +3 (accredited), Master of Architecture +2 (accredited), Post-Professional Master of Advanced Architecture (MAAS), Master of Building Science, Master of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism (accredited), and Master of Heritage Conservation. Additionally, graduate students may obtain interdisciplinary certificates within these areas. The majority of students at the School also participate in diverse study abroad offerings in Europe, Asia, and Central & South America.
Collectively the School’s programs aspire to support design excellence, technological innovation, sensitive urbanism, inspired professionalism, and intelligent globalism.
USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every ethnic background and gender identity. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.