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Assistant or Associate Professor - Sustainable Landscape Design, Fall 2024


Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Sciences
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Plant Sciences seeks an Assistant/Associate Professor with teaching and research interests at the nexus of urban systems, environmental planning, horticulture and ecological landscape design. This individual will have the opportunity to collaborate with students and faculty across the Herbert College of Agriculture, the College of Architecture and Design, and the university at large towards the development of innovative undergraduate and graduate landscape design pedagogy. Candidates are expected to possess theoretical understanding and contemporary practical experience in the planning, design, implementation and management of high-performance landscape strategies and sustainable horticulture tactics. These include but are not limited to green infrastructure, environmental remediation, ecological resilience, and urban ecology.

This individual will fill a 9-month tenure-track position with a 100% appointment in the Herbert College of Agriculture. Primary responsibilities will be to teach courses in the undergraduate Sustainable Landscape Design concentration in the Department of Plant Sciences. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to continue building synergy with the School of Landscape Architecture through coursework and graduate student engagement. The ability to contribute to curricular areas of ecological landscape design and management, contemporary construction methods and materials, digital design and fabrication workflows, and representation is strongly desired.

In addition to developing a contemporary teaching program, they will be expected to participate in student academic advising, maintain a record of service to the institution and their discipline, and develop a program of outreach and creative/scholarly activity supported by extramural funding that complements in-classroom instruction and broader curricular and research objectives of UT Knoxville landscape programs. The successful candidate will also be able to participate actively in our culture of community-engaged scholarship, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experiential learning.

About the Concentration:
The Sustainable Landscape Design Concentration at UT Knoxville seeks to prepare students for a range of career paths through which they can design, implement, manage and advocate for high-performance, sustainable landscapes. We envision three focus areas for students in this new program: Entrepreneurship for students who envision having their own businesses, Ecological Landscape Design and Management for students who envision roles in design consultancies, non-profits or public entities, and Pre-Professional for students who wish to take advantage of our accelerated 4 2 advising pathway to the Master of Landscape Architecture degree available through the UT School of Landscape Architecture.

Augmenting its tradition of aesthetically-driven, residential garden design, this concentration now emphasizes gaining knowledge and practical experience in site-scale strategies and tactics for landscapes designed to manage stormwater, enhance public health, regenerate and remediate degraded sites, and promote healthy urban ecosystems while creatively shaping the aesthetics of the public realm.

Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.


Required and Preferred Qualifications :
Candidates must hold the terminal degree in their primary field of expertise.

Preferred qualifications include an accredited professional graduate degree in landscape architecture or an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture and a terminal degree in an allied field, and prior professional experience in the green industry or related fields

Application Instructions


Review of applications will begin January 9. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The anticipated hire date is on or before August 1 so that the successful candidate can begin teaching in the Fall 2024 semester. Applicants are required to submit

  1. A letter of interest describing the candidate’s qualifications including professional design experience and research accomplishments and interests; a philosophy of teaching including how practice and scholarship inform classroom activities; and examples of interdisciplinary collaboration;
  2. A curriculum vitae or resume including contact information for 3 to 5 professional references
  3. A digital portfolio of no more than 20 pages (maximum 8.5” x 11”), max 10mb, containing examples of design research, scholarly articles and essays, professional work, and/or studio teaching.

Materials should be submitted electronically as PDFs through Interfolio

Inquiries should be directed to:

Mike Ross
Assistant Professor, UT Department of Plant Sciences
(865) 974-1606

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Requests for accommodations of a disability should be directed to the Office of Equity & Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3560 or or (865)974-2498. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Investigation & Resolution 216 Business Incubator Building 2450 E.J. Chapman Drive Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 or (865)974-0717 or .

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