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Visiting Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture

Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 12, 2024

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Job Description

The Landscape Architecture Program in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture, Arts, and Design invites applications for a full-time academic year visiting assistant faculty appointment, to begin in the Fall 2024 in Blacksburg, Virginia. The initial term will be two-years with the opportunity for renewal.

The Landscape Architecture Program seeks applicants with a strong interest in teaching design studios and the ability to teach core technology courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. We also offer opportunities to teach theory and methods courses, or seminars in areas of expertise.. This position enables emerging designers and scholars, or experienced professionals to spend up to four years immersed in the creative community of the Landscape Architecture Program, in the School of Design on the main campus in Blacksburg. We encourage candidates who can demonstrate their promise, passion, and creativity to integrate their research and creative works with their teaching to apply.

We are looking for hands-on collaborators who will participate in shaping a critical landscape pedagogy with us by building on our program’s existing focal areas, and by diversifying our expertise in landscape architecture practices. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise and interests in foundational and contemporary practice, and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Successful candidates will join faculty colleagues in stewarding the development and growth of the Landscape Architecture Program.

Faculty in the Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech are expected to teach (design studios, technical and lecture courses, topical seminars) and mentor students, engage in community and university service, and to establish and/or maintain an active agenda of scholarly pursuits including, but not limited to, supported research, and creative and/or professionally associated practice disseminated through appropriate venues.

The School of Design joins the School of Architecture, the School of Visual Arts, and the School of Performing Arts in comprising the College of Architecture, Arts, and Design (AAD) which launched in July 2022. The school’s programs strive to create an environment where each student’s unique abilities and capacities can be activated, while challenging students with the standards of excellence and achievement that are inherent in their chosen discipline. The school's professional programs are studio-based and offer direct opportunities to study abroad and intern with industry partners.

The College of Architecture, Arts, and Design at Virginia Tech affirms our collective responsibility to encourage, build, and embrace the polyculturalism of our world. We do this by acknowledging and addressing our past, recognizing our current responsibility, and acting in the interests of building and sustaining communities that are truly safe, supportive, and inclusive for all. Our commitment is to continually and proactively engage in these processes for the benefit of our students, staff, and faculty across the college, and the communities around the world we aim to serve.

Required Qualifications

A Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture; OR a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture or BS in Landscape Architecture plus a terminal degree in a related field,. Terminal degree must be awarded by the start of appointment. Landscape architecture degree must be from an accredited degree program.

Excellent interpersonal skills are required.

Candidate must demonstrate their potential or ability to:
• teach across a range of academic coursework in one or more disciplinary and technical content areas to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as
• develop and/or maintain a strong peer-reviewed research/scholarship/creative activity agenda in the discipline.

Position requires occasional travel to meetings, conferences and program field trips.

Preferred Qualifications

• Professional licensure in Landscape Architecture and/or a Ph.D. on a topic of landscape architecture or a closely related field,
• A proven track record of engagement in multidisciplinary research, critical design practice, and/or scholarship
• Evidence of outstanding landscape architectural design skills
• Professional experience in Landscape Architecture or a related design field
• A record of service within the discipline and/or profession.
• Eligibility for membership in the American Society of Landscape Architects, or membership in another professional association of landscape architects or closely allied professional organization.

Application Materials
  • Cover letter expressing interest and qualifications including a summary of notable accomplishments relative to this position;
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement of research interests, scholarly and/or creative activities, and agenda
  • A one page personal statement of teaching philosophy including the candidate's ideas for supporting an equitable and inclusive educational environment consistent with the Virginia Tech Principles of Community . Specific examples of experiences, activities, and plans will help us identify candidates who can support our college’s aim to sustain an equitable climate and extend our University's commitment to inclusive excellence.
  • Digital Portfolio of Work with examples of design and site planning work (built and/or speculative), teaching, and research, scholarship and/or creative works. (submit portfolio as a single pdf, 9MB maximum)
  • Reference list of three persons (including names, titles, e-mail addresses and phone numbers) the search committee may contact
*Additional materials may be requested by shortlisted candidates

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Salary range is $65,000-70,000 per year

Review Date

March 26, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Julie Weaver at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: March 13, 2024
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