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School Director & Assoc/Full Professor of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning

University of Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Architecture, Other Professional Fields, Urban & Regional Planning
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Full Time
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School Director & Assoc/Full Professor of the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning

Job Description:

The University of Florida’s School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, and the Department of Landscape Architecture seeks a visionary leader and educator who is committed to advancing issues of equity, diversity and inclusion to serve as Director of the School and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Our mission is to prepare future practitioners and scholars committed to advancing the efficacy, impact, and knowledge of the disciplines of landscape architecture and planning, to engage in research and scholarship that enhances the understanding and practice of the profession while addressing societal challenges, and to provide service to the communities of our state, region and abroad.

We seek applications from candidates who align with our mission, are passionate about working with faculty and students, are committed to research and creative scholarship, and who operate with the highest levels of ethical standards and integrity.

The position is a twelve-month tenure accruing appointment and is available from July 1st, 2022.

The School and Department

The University of Florida (UF) is a top-tier public, comprehensive, land-grant research institution, currently ranked 5th among all U.S. public universities by U.S. News and World Report. UF is dedicated to achieving and maintaining a culture of educational and research preeminence and the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning (SLAP) shares this drive while continuing to build on a strong tradition of design and teaching excellence, external engagement, and student achievement.

The School benefits from a collaborative environment between the Departments of Landscape Architecture (LAE), and Urban and Regional Planning (URP). It builds on the synergies of the two disciplines and enjoys rich opportunities for collaboration with scholars and experts in sustainability, environment and design, systems thinking, policy making, and regionalism. The School is housed in UF’s College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP), benefitting from a unique association with other allied design disciplines in the College including Architecture, Construction Management, Historic Preservation, Interior Design, and Sustainability. The School’s mission is further supported by interdisciplinary research pursued by integrative research centers including the College’s Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER) and the University’s Water Institute and Florida Climate Institute.

This is a pivotal and exciting moment for the profession and the Department of Landscape Architecture at UF. Established in 1933, the Department offers programs leading to a professionally-accredited Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA), a College level PhD with a concentration in Landscape Architecture, and the professionally-accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program (BLA), the only accredited undergraduate program in landscape architecture in the State of Florida.

Expected Salary Commensurate with education, skills, and experience. Minimum Requirements:
  • Terminal degree in landscape architecture or a related field represented in the College. Common examples include Master of Landscape Architecture ( MLA ) and Master of Arts in Landscape Arch ( MA LA ) and Master of Science in Landscape Arch ( MS LA ) when combined with an accredited Bachelor of Landscape Arch (BLA) degree
  • Distinguished record in teaching, research or creative scholarship, and service, sufficient to merit tenure upon hire at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor
  • Academic administrative experience including management of budgets, personnel, curriculum at undergraduate or graduate levels
  • Understanding of the importance of fundraising
  • demonstrated record of:
o Advancing the knowledge of landscape architecture and its evolving role in society and effectively communicating its value within government, industry, and academic sectors

o Commitment to undergraduate and graduate education, engagement with students and promotion of student success

o Commitment to faculty development and mentoring

o Commitment to advancing issues of equity, diversity and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. or licensure in landscape architecture or a related field represented in the College
  • Experience with professional program accreditation at undergraduate or graduate levels
  • Experience establishing and implementing a strategic plan with clear goals and outcomes
  • Experience working with intercollegiate, interdisciplinary, and international partnerships and programs
  • Experience with attracting, developing, and retaining outstanding faculty and staff
  • Experience in fundraising and working with donors
  • Experience working with advisory boards and maintaining relationships with alumni
  • Experience with extramural funding for research or funding that supports creative scholarship
  • Experience in leading and/or actively participating in the field’s professional and academic organizations 
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Required Submissions:

1) Letter of interest that details the applicant’s required and desired qualifications for this position;

2) Curriculum vitae, including relevant administrative experience;

3) Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) references. References will not be contacted until after consulting with candidates.

Application: Interested applicants must apply online at . Applications received after November 1, 2021 may or may not be considered, at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. The position will remain open until filled.

Inquiries: Inquiries should be directed to Professor Roberto Rengel, Search Committee Chair (Phone 352-294-1397 or

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida in the Sunshine and Public Records laws. Search Committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public; and all applications, CV and other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education. Further information is available at .

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

Health Assessment Required: No

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