Standing Faculty Position in Landscape Architecture (Theory/History/Design)

The Department of Landscape Architecture in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign) is seeking applicants for a full-time position as an Assistant or Associate Professor, beginning in July 2019.  


This position requires the ability to teach courses in landscape architectural theory and history with an emphasis on how these subjects translate into contemporary design culture. The Department is especially interested in candidates who demonstrate substantive engagement with theories and histories of ecology, urbanism, infrastructure and/or aesthetics in both their research and teaching. Candidates with qualifications and interest in teaching in design studios as well as theory and history subjects are of particular interest.


Theory and history teaching in the Department of Landscape Architecture will take the form of required lecture courses in the MLA program, and elective seminars open to the entire School of Design. There are also opportunities to train students at the PhD level. In addition to demonstrating effectiveness in teaching, successful applicants must also demonstrate a strong capacity for the production of scholarly work through a record of past publications and plans for future research.


This is a full-time appointment with responsibilities for teaching, research and administration. An appointment at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level is anticipated. The specific rank (assistant or associate professor, with or without tenure) of the successful candidate will be determined based on experience and qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a professionally accredited Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture or Architecture, or an accredited MA/MFA in a relevant subject. A PhD is preferred, but not required. Applicants from outside the landscape architecture discipline are encouraged to apply.  


Applicants should submit a one-page letter of interest that describes their overall research agenda and how they see their work fitting within the Department of Landscape Architecture at PennDesign. Applicants should also submit a personal statement describing their near- and long-term plans for research and scholarship; their teaching philosophy; and their teaching experience. In addition, applicants should provide a current CV; three writing samples (published or unpublished); examples of course syllabi (no more than three); the names and contact information for three references who will be contacted at a later date; and, if available, a portfolio of design work—either the candidate’s own work or work produced under the supervision of the candidate.


PennDesign is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Candidates are encouraged to describe how diverse, underrepresented and global perspectives are incorporated into their teaching of theory and history. Applications from minority and women candidates are strongly encouraged. 


Review of Applications will begin on November 26, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Candidate interviews are anticipated for late-January or early-February 2019. The position will begin on July 1, 2019 with the candidate expected to begin teaching in Fall 2019.





Questions should be addressed to:

Kristy Crocetto, Administrative and Academic Coordinator for Landscape Architecture | 215-898-7087



Applications should be addressed to:

Christopher Marcinkoski, Chair of Search Committee and Associate Professor

University of Pennsylvania School of Design

Department of Landscape Architecture

119 Meyerson Hall

210 South 34th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104


Search Committee:

Christopher Marcinkoski—Chair of Search Committee and Associate Professor

Sean Burkholder—Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture

Karen M’Closkey—Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture

Richard Weller—Professor and Chair, Landscape Architecture

Daniel Barber—Associate Professor, Architecture

Anna Darling—Student Representative, 3rd Year MLA


Applications should be submitted online:  






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