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Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Sciences
The University of Tennessee

Date Posted Jan. 22, 2019
Title Assistant/Associate Professor in Plant Sciences
University The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN, United States
Department Plant Sciences
Application Deadline Feb. 25, 2019
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2019
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Landscape Architecture
    Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences

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, including green infrastructure, food systems, environmental remediation and restoration, and urban ecology.

This individual will fill a 9-month tenure-track appointment in the Herbert College of Agriculture. Primary teaching responsibilities will be to the undergraduate Sustainable Landscape Design concentration in the Department of Plant Sciences. The successful candidate will also be capable of teaching courses in the graduate-level School of Landscape Architecture. The ability to strengthen faculty expertise in contemporary landscape construction methods and materials, digitally-informed design and fabrication workflows, and ecological management approaches is strongly desired.

In addition to developing a contemporary teaching program, he/she will be expected to participate in student 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 landscape programs. The successful candidate will also be able to participate actively in our culture of engaged scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration.

About the Concentration:
The Sustainable Landscape Design Concentration at the University of Tennessee, 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 non-professional 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 School of Landscape Architecture.

Augmenting its tradition in aesthetically-driven residential garden design and horticulture, this enhanced concentration now emphasizes building knowledge and 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.

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.

Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Review of applications will begin February 25. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The anticipated hire date is August 1 so that the successful candidate can begin teaching in the Fall 2019 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 including contact information for 3 to 5 references
3) A digital portfolio of no more than 20 pages (maximum 8.5 × 11) containing examples of design research, scholarly articles and essays, professional work, and studio teaching.

Materials should be submitted by electronically as PDF files to:
Dawn Seigel
Administrative Specialist, UT Department of Plant Sciences
(865) 974-7182

Inquiries should be directed to:
Brad Collett
Associate Professor, UT Department of Plant Sciences
(865) 974-7176

  • 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. 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 Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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Contact Information

  • Dawn Seigel
    The University of Tennessee
    2431 Joe Johnson Dr
    Plant Sciences Department
    Knoxville, TN 37996
  • 865-974-7182
  • 865-974-1947


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