Cornell University: Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture Tenure Track

Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture
Tenure Track
Landscape Architecture
Cornell University


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-5701. The academic home for this position is the Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).


Position Description and Responsibilities:

The Department of Landscape Architecture invites applications for a tenure-track position with 70% teaching and 30% research responsibilities. Over its 115-year history, Cornell’s Department of Landscape Architecture has achieved national recognition for its excellence in innovative teaching pedagogies that challenge students to become responsible and creative designers. Our department is adapting to meet the critical issues affecting the planet and its inhabitants through a continued emphasis on the agency of design.


The department offers three unique degrees. The MLA provides the foundational, historical, theoretical, technical and skills-based grounding of the field of landscape architecture. The MPS degree offers students a one-year immersive course of study, including a collaborative research project. The BSLA is the only undergraduate professional degree in landscape architecture offered at an Ivy League institution and combines university requirements in biological, physical, and social sciences, humanities, and written and oral communication within a studio-based design curriculum.


The Department of Landscape Architecture seeks faculty with innovative professional and/or teaching experience who can help prepare our graduates to become skilled, critical practitioners and researchers in addressing urgent anthropogenic issues. In addition to teaching studios, workshops and seminars, the candidate will be expected to contribute expertise in one or several key topics shaping contemporary discourse in the discipline: these include ecological infrastructure, planting design, materiality and construction techniques, fabrication technologies, landscape history and theory, as well as site-based, fieldwork methods. The long term goal is to combine departmental expertise to create a Research by Design Laboratory that becomes a platform for synergies of faculty scholarship and creative work. More broadly, we seek faculty with innovative professional practice experience, studio teaching, and/or research who can contribute to the development of a systematic cultural and ecological foundation for the design of environments within the department, the College, and the university as a whole. The successful candidate will be responsible for two design studios, one per semester, at either the graduate or undergraduate level. In addition, the candidate will propose two other courses per year in one or several areas of focus listed above. Tenure track faculty are assigned student advisees and, in addition to curricular advising, will be expected to provide informal advice on job searches and internship opportunities.



Successful applicants will have an accredited degree in landscape architecture, and are expected to be developing a body of rigorous research or creative inquiry that addresses contemporary and future challenges in landscape architecture. An MLA is required and a PhD or license within the field or related discipline is desirable.


Cornell is a unique Ivy League Land Grant University that supports a robust program of community-engaged research and outreach. We seek strong teachers committed to both professional preparation and intellectual inquiry, who are able to link theory and practice through their teaching and research. We seek a candidate with the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff of diverse backgrounds.


Applications and Starting Date:

Anticipated starting date is July 1, 2020. Applications are to be submitted to Academic Jobs Online including 1) a cover letter briefly summarizing background and qualifications; 2) a research statement (2-page maximum); 3) a teaching statement (2-page maximum); 4) a diversity statement of how, through research, teaching and/or service, the candidate can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion in support of Cornell’s mission of “any person… any study”; 5) a detailed curriculum vitae, 6) a portfolio (20 pages maximum) featuring examples of outstanding creative work including research, professional practice, and teaching; and 7) contact information for three references. Initial screening of applications will begin November 2019 and continue until the position is filled.


The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.


Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.


The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the main campus in Ithaca, New York. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement.


Cornell and Ithaca are family-friendly communities: Cornell has a comprehensive set of policies, services and benefits to help you and your family to feel welcome here, to support your well-being, and to support you in caring for your family. Visit the Family Life Resources website for more details.


Cornell’s global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.


The Cornell community embraces diversity and inclusion. We value AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities, and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts persons of all races, ethnicities and genders.

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