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:
Administrative Specialist, UT Department of Plant Sciences
Inquiries should be directed to:
Associate Professor, UT Department of Plant Sciences