The School of Architecture + Design seeks qualified candidates for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC) in Alexandria, VA. This is a full-time, academic year appointment within the Landscape Architecture Program beginning Fall 2012. Responsibilities include graduate-level teaching (design studio plus required lecture/seminar courses) within a professionally accredited landscape architecture program focused on the urban/civic landscape. Candidates should have an established record of teaching, scholarship, and/or practice in landscape architecture, demonstrated excellence in design studio teaching and an interest in working with graduate students in landscape architecture, architecture, natural resources and planning. Applicants experienced in the use of current digital applications in support if teaching scholarly activities, or creative practice are encouraged to apply.
The WAAC is located in the historic center of Alexandria, Virginia directly across the Potomac River from Washington DC. As the urban extension of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, the WAAC provides a unique setting for interdisciplinary design education with access to the rich cultural, research, and outreach resources of the Washington Metropolitan Area (including the Library of Congress, the National Building Museum, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and Dumbarton Oaks). Our student body includes graduate students in landscape architecture, architecture, and urban affairs and planning, as well as undergraduates from a consortium of national and international schools. This mix of students and disciplines is a defining characteristic of the Center. Our setting enables close working relationships between faculty and students and between different disciplines, especially landscape architecture and architecture. Our curriculum facilitates tactile knowledge in design and construction, and emphasizes “making” as a vital component of design education. We maintain close ties to the local professional community through adjunct professorships, student internships, office visits and participation with the ASLA both nationally and locally. The University maintains a strong and growing presence in the National Capital Region, and numerous departments from the main campus have programs offer degrees in the metropolitan area allowing for collaboration across disciplines.
Applicants should be willing to engage a broad and diverse students population, collaborate within and across academic disciplines, develop and pursue a research/scholarly agenda, disseminate the results in appropriate venues. Assignments include developing and/or revising courses and curricula, academic and thesis advising, and sharing in other instructional, administrative, and service responsibilities. Landscape Architecture faculty and students at the WAAC are closely tied to the Landscape Architecture Program (http://www.lar.arch.vt.edu) in Blacksburg, who serve on theses committees. Students and faculty utilize both campuses as appropriate to their work. The Landscape Architecture Program is housed within the School of Architecture + Design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. Other components of the College include: the School of Public and International Affairs, the Department of Building Construction, and the School of Visual Arts. The College offers thirteen graduate degrees at the Masters and PhD level in addition to undergraduate degree programs in architecture, art and art history, building construction, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban affairs and planning.
The Landscape Architecture Program offers an accredited BLA program (Blacksburg) and an accredited MLA program (National Capital Region-Alexandria) Advanced studies in landscape architecture occur in the advanced MLA and PhD programs. The program is home to eight fulltime faculty and average student enrollments of 90 BLA, 50 MLA, and 8 PhD students. The Program’s faculty and students form a learning community that fosters independent inquiry in the context of discovery, developing, and disseminating knowledge relating to the profession and discipline of landscape architecture. The faculty is committed to integrating conventional and innovative technologies and skills throughout the curriculum.
The Program seeks informed colleagues whose teaching, research and scholarship will advance our commitment to the discipline of landscape architecture. Consistent with Virginia Tech’s tripart land grant mission of learning, discovery, and engagement, the successful candidate will:
• Contribute to a range of teaching responsibilities in the professional curricula, including design studios and core areas of the discipline
• Develop and sustain a creative scholarly/research agenda
• Participate in Program, School, College, and University committees
• Advise and mentor students in the first-professional MLA degree program and advanced graduate levels
• Collaborate in teaching, engagement, and scholarship within and across academic disciplines
• Contribute to the body of knowledge within landscape architecture and collaborate with other disciplinary programs in the College, and
• Build upon the program’s strategic engagement with government agencies, private and non-profit organizations, and community groups.
Required qualifications include professional degree in landscape architecture, with a terminal degree in landscape architecture or a closely related field. Demonstrated ability to teach design in a studio setting. Established record of excellence in teaching, research, and outreach achievement. Applicants with expertise in ecological design, urban landscape design, urban landscape infrastructure , or landscape materiality are preferred. Professional registration and/or the PhD is desirable.
Starting rank and salary will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. An individual appointed to the rank of associate professor must demonstrate substantial professional achievements, outstanding teaching, creative scholarship, and recognized performance in practice, outreach, or related academic and professional service.
Appointment will commence August 10, 2012.
Applications will be accepted online at httt://jobs.vt.edu for posting # 0111153. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.
The School of Architecture + Design is concurrently searching to fill tenure-track and visiting faculty positions in the Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Landscape Architecture programs. Candidates may apply for more than one position. Please apply to all positions in which you are interested and qualified. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.