Assistant Professor in Residence, Landscape Architecture

Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

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Assistant Professor in Residence, Landscape Architecture


Landscape Architecture


Architecture & Design

Employment Type


Critical Review Track (similar to tenure track)


Position Description

The Department of Landscape Architecture in the Division of Architecture and Design invites applications for a 2 year full-time term faculty appointment at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, to begin in the Fall 2021.

Rhode Island School of Design recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, scholarship, professional practice, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

The program seeks candidates who are accomplished designers and have a clear and compelling research agenda related to the discipline of landscape architecture and our curriculum. Candidates should be able to teach a range of foundational and advanced graduate level courses that relate to the core tracks of the graduate curriculum: ecology and hydrology, material technology and assembly, visualization, historical and global contexts, contemporary and critical theories, and community engagement.

Required Qualifications

The department seeks candidates with a master’s degree or higher in landscape architecture. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in teaching graduate-level students. Good interpersonal skills, clarity, generosity, and creativity in both personal work and teaching are essential. They also must be able to support a culturally diverse group of students in the development of their design and leadership skills.

A successful candidate will also have a clear understanding of how their work could strengthen the opportunities that arise from teaching landscape architecture at an art and design school, and be able to articulate possibilities for engaging interdisciplinary work across the school. All candidates are expected to have a clear research agenda or design practice that compliments the mission and focus of the landscape architecture department at RISD . This can be demonstrated through academic publications, organized symposia, curated exhibitions, installations, and/or significant built work. Reflections on team-teaching or working well with others would be a useful addition to the application and/or letters of support.

Preferred Qualifications

Department /RISD Description

Students and faculty in the landscape architecture department at RISD are surrounded by artists and designers that engage a wide range of media and critical art practices, and we believe that these adjacencies allow us to shape a unique pedagogical approach to landscape architecture. Our program bridges intuitive and analytical thinking, encourages hands-on research into material practices, and explores opportunities for cross-disciplinary experimentation. With a deep emphasis on the practices of critical making, our students use and hybridize a range of methods across artistic and design practices, as well as across hand and digital platforms.

At RISD Landscape we explore a wide range of global contexts, but are also deeply rooted in the coastal context of Rhode Island. In 2018 we launched a dual-degree program with the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island, and we see this as an extension of our commitment to bridging art, design, and scientific disciplines as we take on the increasingly urgent hydrological issues today. Across all contexts, we engage scales from the region down to the detail, with an emphasis on teaching our students how to design with physical and phenomenal materials that shape space.

Faculty Responsibilities

The full-time faculty teaching load is six courses a year of graduate level courses. In addition to teaching, full-time faculty are expected to maintain a professional practice, serve on college committees, advise up to 20 students, and participate in other departmental activities and operational projects such as departmental exhibitions, lecture series coordination, and social media management.



Pre-employment Requirement

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach the following to the appropriate links in the section labeled “Documents Needed to Apply”:

· Letter of Intent
· Curriculum Vitae
· Teaching Philosophy (please comment on how you attend to diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to a learning community)
· Images of professional work (maximum 20 images)
· Images of student work (maximum 20 images)
· Evidence of teaching excellence, including syllabi

Names and contact information for three references are requested as part of the application process. Requests for reference letters are sent directly to the reference providers when candidates become finalists.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates who submit their materials before June 7, 2021 are assured full consideration.

EEO Statement

RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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Documents Needed To Apply
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Portfolio of Professional Work
  4. Portfolio of Student Work
  5. Teaching Philosophy
  6. Sample Syllabi
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