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Assistant/Associate Professor Landscape Engineering and Construction

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023

Assistant/Associate Professor Landscape Engineering and Construction

Landscape Architecture


The Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign invites applications for a full-time, tenure-stream position in Landscape Engineering and Construction. Appointment at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Processor will be considered based on each candidate’s record of accomplishments in research, teaching, and/or practice. The salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full benefits-eligible position. The expected start date is August 16, 2024.


The successful candidate will undertake innovative research in integrative material, physical, and technical processes of landscape engineering and construction. They will teach core and elective studio-based, technical, and lecture/seminar-format courses in our BLA and MLA professional programs as well as our recently established MSUD program and, when qualified, our Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture program. Supervision of student research and appropriate levels of faculty service are also part of the position. The successful applicant will join other faculty members in fulfilling our Department’s newly revised mission statement and broader college and university missions with a focus on diversity, equity, sustainability, and justice.


Requirements include a terminal degree (e.g., master-level, Ph.D., D.Des.) in Landscape Architecture or a related field. Depending on the rank sought, applicants should demonstrate an outstanding record of scholarship and teaching in the areas of integrative material, physical, and technical processes of landscape engineering and construction or clear promise to build such a record.

Additional preferred qualifications include 1) knowledge of contemporary theories and innovative practices of landscape engineering design and construction and experience with, or a strong agenda for, those theories and practices; 2) technical knowledge of landscape engineering, site analysis techniques, material practices, and/or landscape construction practice; 3) experience in prototyping, modeling, and/or constructing sites and landscapes through professional practice and/or academic design/build projects; 4) experience in interdisciplinary collaboration (practice and/or research-based) with engineers, scientists, allied design disciplines, and others; 5) interest in advancing research and teaching of landscape engineering and construction in the context of climate change adaptation, urban infrastructure and public works, and/or engaged community design; 6) demonstrated interest in advancing design research and teaching on technical design, engineering, and construction subtopics such as landscape materials and re-use, decarbonization and sequestration, coastal and/or inland topographies, post-disaster recovery and resilience design, soils regeneration, novel landscape regulations and codes, construction labor and maintenance practices, and other conditions, processes, and questions affecting the critical making, re-making, and constructing of landscapes; and/or 7) practice-based experience, professional licensure, and/or potential to become licensed.

Institutional Context

Faculty members in the Department of Landscape Architecture have access to the incredible resources and facilities of the College of Fine & Applied Arts and the interdisciplinary research campus of the University of Illinois. These include the Siebel Center for Design, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the Unit for Criticism, and numerous other specialized centers. The university also comprises many interdisciplinary academic units in which Landscape Architecture faculty hold appointments and responsibilities, and faculty members from other units hold affiliate appointments in Landscape Architecture. Units connected with Landscape Architecture in that way include American Indian Studies; Anthropology; Architecture; Art and Design; Dance; Education; History, Medieval Studies; Recreation, Sport, and Tourism; Spanish and Portuguese Studies; and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives. Additional collaborative opportunities within the College include the Krannert Museum of Art, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and Japan House, each a respected international hub for innovative scholarship and public engagement.

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Application Procedures & Deadline Information:

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on October 25, 2023. Interviews may begin prior to the initial closing date; however, the review of applications will continue until suitable candidates are identified.  Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. For full consideration please upload the following as a single multi-page PDF file. 

·         Cover letter (2 pages maximum) outlining your interests in and qualifications for the position, with specific description given to your research and teaching agenda and experience.

·         Current curriculum vitae

·         Portfolio of scholarly and/or professional work (e.g., publications, project documentation) and teaching examples as available, as a single PDF not to exceed 20MB; within the portfolio, you may link to material available online such as publications.

·         List of three professional references with contact information

Applications not submitted through  will not be considered.  Please direct any questions to Prof. Mary Pat McGuire, Search Committee Chair, at or Jennifer Steiling, Senior Human Resource Associate, at For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.



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Requisition ID: 1020481
Job Category: Faculty
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