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H. W. S. Cleveland Visiting Fellow in Landscape Architecture

University of Minnesota College of Design
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
Posted Date
Nov 1, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Architecture
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About the Position

The Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota invites applications and nominations for H. W. S. Cleveland Visiting Fellow.  Intended for talented designers and scholars who recently have started their careers in Landscape Architecture, this fellowship offers teaching and research opportunities for candidates who have demonstrated interests at the intersections of the advancement of landscape architecture in the academy and in the profession. Through this position, we aim to draw energetic, inquisitive visiting faculty who bring innovative approaches to Landscape Architecture across systems and scales. We seek highly motivated early-career individuals who wish to cultivate expertise in design teaching through studio, lecture, and workshop courses.  We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation.

The H. W. S. Cleveland fellow will be a person who has demonstrated excellence in and can effectively teach two or more of the following areas of Landscape Architecture: design studio, construction/implementation, design representation (analog and digital), history/theory, landscape ecology, or sustainability/climate adaptation.  It is expected that the teaching assignments will be a mix of both undergraduate and graduate program levels. In addition, the Visiting Fellow will mentor students, contribute to the ongoing development of the Landscape Architecture curriculum, participate in department committees and college committees where appropriate, participate in final project reviews, connect with the local landscape architecture professional community, and contribute to and support the mission of the university.

The position is a 100%-time, nine-month, Professional and Administrative (P & A) appointment at the level of Teaching Specialist.  The term is for one 9-month academic year appointment, renewable for one additional 9-month appointment in the successive academic year.  Renewal for a second term is contingent upon performance, funding, and the needs of the department.  The maximum term is two successive 9-month appointments.  Salary range begins at $55,000, and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The fellow is expected to teach 4 courses over the academic year within the Department’s programs, including one design studio each semester.  

The fellow will also undertake a landscape research or creative project based on their own interests. The fellow will deliver a College lecture and have the opportunity to develop an exhibition on their research interests/creative practice including the project they undertook during their time at UMN.

 The expected start date is August 28, 2023.


Essential Qualifications:  

  • Master of Landscape Architecture (by the time of hire) 
    • Or a BLA plus a related masters degree, 

    • Or related undergraduate and graduate degrees and a body of professional practice in landscape architecture.

  • Demonstrated English language fluency. 
  • 0.5 to 1 year of teaching experience (at a college level) is required. This could be as a teaching assistant but must have included substantial contributions to preparing and delivering the course material and providing feedback on student work.
  • Candidates should demonstrate the potential to develop and teach design studio and other core and elective courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, staff and colleagues.
  • Evidence of attention to cultural diversity in teaching mentoring and/or professional experience, and the commitment to support the University’s equity and diversity goals. 



Preferred Qualifications:  In addition to the above requirements:  

  • 2 to 3 years of teaching experience.
  • Minimum of 1 year of professional experience.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness in landscape architecture courses at the collegiate level.
  • Fluency in a 2nd language (e.g. Mandarin, Spanish, etc.).
  • Commitment in teaching, scholarship, and/or service with a demonstrated ability, interest and/or potential to intersect with design justice and/or anti-racism.
  • Experience and/or commitment to teaching and/or mentoring students who have been historically underinvested.


How to Apply

 The application procedure is online.  Applications must be submitted online at:  Search for Job ID# 315819. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions to complete an online application for the position.


The following additional documents MUST be attached AFTER application, by accessing your “My Activities” page and uploading documents there:


  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Brief letter of interest (no more than 500 words) including: a description of the landscape-based research/creative work you would like to further during your fellowship and your relevant professional and teaching experience;
  • A portfolio of professional and/or student supervised scholarship / design work (no more than 10 pages with your role in the displayed work clearly identified); and,
  • contact information for three professional references. 

The review of Applications will begin on January 30, 2023.  For more information, please visit our website at:

Questions regarding the search process should be directed to Amanda Smoot,  Questions regarding the position description and expectations should be directed to Kristine Miller,





The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting our academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.


The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U: To request an accommodation during the application process, please email  or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).




Background Check Information


Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.











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