Associate or Full Professor and Chair, Landscape Architecture Department

Associate or Full Professor and Chair, Landscape Architecture Department



The Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Design at Iowa State University is seeking a dynamic and accomplished leader with an interest in collaborative and interdisciplinary design education to join the faculty in the role of Department Chair at the rank of professor or associate professor with tenure. This position is a full-time (B-base, 9 month) appointment with a standard additional month of salary support during the summer. Additional summer support is negotiable.

The successful candidate will cultivate a strong and cohesive community among 11 tenured/tenure track faculty, 4 lecturers and adjunct faculty, and approximately 160 undergraduate and 23 graduate students. The chair will represent the department in its relationship with allied programs, college and university administration, alumni, the profession, and the public while supporting all three dimensions of the land-grant mission: education, research/creative inquiry, and outreach. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate experience and capability in strategic planning, sponsored research, and program management; must be able to foster effective communication skills among diverse audiences; and cultivate a culture of diversity and inclusivity. As an academic leader, the candidate should show an in-depth knowledge of his or her field and exhibit an appreciation and respect for allied disciplines.

The Chair is the designated executive officer of the department and is responsible for oversight of personnel matters, faculty recruitment and advancement, budget, departmental governance, collaborative efforts, external relations, as well as central administrative operations of the department. In this capacity, the chair serves at the pleasure of the Dean of the College of Design.

Ames, Iowa has been recognized locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally for its schools, creativity, amenities, commitment to the environment, and quality of life. The ISU Department of Landscape Architecture is notable for its cohesiveness and for a strong tradition of interdependence among its students, faculty and alumni as a community of scholars. Our department combines a land-grant ethic of community service with the commitment to innovation expected at a university of science and technology. The department offers a 5-year professional undergraduate (BLA) program that Design Intelligence consistently ranks among the top ten programs in the nation and a newly accredited graduate (MLA) degree. The MLA degree received a ranking from Design Intelligence in the top twenty of all graduate degree programs in landscape architecture. Both programs benefit from the lively environment for multidisciplinary scholarship afforded in the College of Design, which also houses the Departments of Architecture, Interior Design, Community and Regional Planning, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, and Art and Visual Culture. As a community of learners, we are passionate about the design of sustainable environments, believe strongly in the value of collaboration, and seek to integrate the best of traditional practice with cutting-edge thinking, technologies and skills.

The department is energized by committed and creative faculty and the establishment of two new interdisciplinary graduate programs in Urban Design (MUD) and Design in Sustainable Environments (MDSE) in which landscape architecture faculty play a key role. The successful candidate will demonstrate the character and energy to extend this momentum into the future.

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see<>).

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All faculty members are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, and university activities and collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.


Required Qualifications:

– A Masters in Landscape Architecture OR a relevant terminal degree with 10 years of academic and/or professional experience.

– Meet the university standards for appointment to the rank of Associate Professor.

– In addition to the above, applicants for Full Professor must also have a strong national and international scholarly reputation.


Preferred Qualifications:

– Significant recognition in one or more of the following areas: research, teaching, professional practice or outreach in the field of Landscape Architecture; 
– Significant experience in academic administration and/or supervisory experience including fiscal, negotiation, and personnel management;
– Demonstrated experience with collaborative initiatives.


Proposed Start Date:

July 1, 2017


Application Instructions:

All interested, qualified persons must apply for this position online at  After search for vacancy number 600204 and click “Apply for this Vacancy” to complete the Employment Application.  Please be prepared to attach 1) a letter of application highlighting qualifications, 2) a current curriculum vitae, 3) names/addresses/telephone numbers of five references, and 4) a Visionary Statement of Landscape Architecture Education.


Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2017, with applications accepted until the position is filled.


Iowa State University is an EO/AA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Vets status.



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