The nationally recognized Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning Department (LA/RCP) in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design (APDesign) at Kansas State University is seeking qualified candidates with abilities in environmental planning, landscape planning, natural resource planning/management and/or landscape ecology. Candidates will teach, grow their research, scholarship and creative activities, and make professional service contributions in a department dedicated to being a catalyst for excellence and the preeminent choice for graduate education in Landscape Architecture and Regional and Community Planning. This is a nine-month tenure-track position with annual review.
The faculty and students of the LA/RCP Department value rigorous scholarship, creative inquiry, environmental stewardship, community engagement, and the planning, design and management of human settlement. The Department’s MLA and MRCP programs are recognized for their strong preparation of students for professional practice. Additional information may be found online at www.k-state.edu (university), www.apdesign.k-state.edu/ (college), www.apdesign.k-state.edu/larcp (department), www.manhattan.org (our community). For information on the college’s Ph.D. program see (http://www.capd.ksu.edu/academic-programs/phd-in-environmental-design-planning).
Duties and Responsibilities:
We are most interested in candidates with the capacity to work within an interdisciplinary environment and develop a strong program of externally funded research related to environmental planning, landscape planning, natural resource planning/management and/or landscape ecology that builds upon faculty strengths. Geospatial analysis knowledge and skills and the use of advanced digital technologies are essential.
The successful candidate will teach studios and classes in environmental/landscape planning, the candidate’s area of expertise, and other areas that meet the needs of the department.
Faculty duties include:
• Development of significant research, scholarship, and/or creative activities
• Commitment to creative, effective teaching in the core curricula
• Supervision of independent graduate research
• Collegial participation in departmental governance
• Participation in university and professional service
Applicants must hold a terminal degree in landscape architecture or a closely allied field. Successful candidates must demonstrate potential to uphold exemplary scholarship, teaching, and service. Applicants must demonstrate inspired research and teaching abilities and a focused research agenda, with a record of – or potential for – externally-funded research and scholarship. Strong ability to teach environmental planning courses utilizing advanced digital technologies and guide masters projects and theses are essential. Candidates must meet qualification requirements for membership on the KSU Graduate Faculty (http://www.k-state.edu/grad/gscurrent/handbook/Handbook.pdf and http://www.k-state.edu/grad/gspeopleorg/council/Nomination%20form.pdf).
Preferred qualifications include a Ph.D. An ideal candidate will have the credentials to earn certification on the KSU Graduate Faculty and, thus, guide dissertations.
Applicants should submit the following materials – in a single PDF file – via email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
• Letter of interest with clear statement of teaching capabilities and scholarly/research focus
• Curriculum vitae
• Examples of scholarly publications
• If applicable, examples of funded work (which may include grant proposals)
• Examples of student and/or professional work that relate to teaching landscape/ecological planning
• Names of three references (including title, address, telephone number, and e-mail address).
Please indicate if you are applying for an Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor position. Qualifications may be found at http://www.k-state.edu/academicpersonnel/add/arch/architecture.html
Your application letter should be addressed to:
Chip Winslow (Search Chair), Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning
College of Architecture, Planning and Design, Kansas State University
PH: 785.532.5961 | email@example.com
By University policy, a position offer is contingent upon a successful criminal background check. Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and actively seeks diversity among its employees.
Why Kansas State University?
Kansas State University seeks to be recognized as a Top 50 Public Research University by the year 2025 (http://www.k-state.edu/2025). K-State is located in Manhattan, Kansas, near the Kansas River in the Flint Hills (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2007/04/tallgrass-prairie/klinkenborg-...). The nearby Konza Prairie (http://kpbs.konza.ksu.edu/) is one of the largest remaining contiguous tallgrass prairie landscapes in the United States, which provides opportunities for students and faculty to study a rare and protected landscape. The regional location provides exposure to a variety of experiences, including access to the metropolitan areas of Kansas City, Wichita, and Topeka. The Kansas City Design Center, affiliated with the college, facilitates student and faculty engagement in the community.
The College of Architecture, Planning and Design at K-State is unique in offering first professional Master’s degrees to entering freshmen and post-baccalaureate students across all design disciplines housed in the college. In LA/RCP, entering freshmen, or non-baccalaureate students, engage in a five year curriculum leading to either a first professional Master’s of Landscape Architecture, or first professional Master’s of Regional and Community Planning. Non-baccalaureate students in these programs apply to the Graduate School after the third year in the curriculum.
For students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree, LA/RCP offers post-baccalaureate Master’s two to three year curriculums in Landscape Architecture and Regional and Community Planning depending on prior educational background. In addition LA/RCP offers the online and inter-institutional Master of Science in Community Development degree, and the college offers the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning with emphasis in design, planning, sustainability and place making. The Ph.D. program is supported by faculty from the departments of Landscape Architecture / Regional & Community Planning, Architecture, and Interior Architecture & Product Design. A central aim of our interdisciplinary Ph.D. program is to support advanced graduate research utilizing a comprehensive view of design and planning and thus contribute to a more livable and ecologically sustainable society.
The members of the LA/RCP faculty are diverse, caring, and dedicated with a wide range of expertise and backgrounds in academic and professional practice. Generally, landscape architecture faculty members teach one design studio and one additional course per semester, which may include lecture, seminar, or technology applications. Departmental strengths include integrated planning/design, construction documentation, technology, research methods, and landscape theory. In addition to pursuing and publishing research, scholarship, and creative works, faculty are encouraged to explore and evaluate teaching methods to advance student learning.
The students and faculty benefit from the multi-disciplinary composition of the College which provides many opportunities for collaborative teaching and scholarship. Landscape architecture, planning, architecture, and interior architecture/product design studios are adjacent to one another in historic Seaton Hall, located in the heart of K-State’s main campus. Landscape architecture studio spaces are vertically integrated with students from various years working in proximity to one another. This arrangement promotes mentoring and social development as senior students regularly mentor junior students.
Core coursework is supported with a parallel technology module sequence that teaches advanced applications of theory, practices, and industry-standard software. Located in Seaton Hall, the Paul Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning and Design is an excellent teaching and scholarship resource, and the main University library, Hale Library, is located nearby.
Why Manhattan, Kansas?
Manhattan, Kansas is a college-town that is family friendly, has a growing diverse population in the region, and is home to welcoming, civic-minded residents. We enjoy excellent schools, a dynamic parks-and-recreation system, and many cultural activities—including a vibrant farmer’s market, burgeoning arts and music scene, and numerous community events and festivities. With a population of more than fifty-thousand residents, our town is large enough to find everything you need, yet small enough to have a comfortable community feeling. Our traditional bungalow-style, tree-covered neighborhoods are on the historic downtown street grid, while other neighborhoods meander into the surrounding landscape. With direct jet service from Manhattan to both Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth we are connected to the world. Manhattan was recently rated by Forbes as the nation’s best small city for careers (www.forbes.com/best-places-for-business/list/small).