Landscape Architecture, Assistant Professor (520117)

  • California State Polytechnic University Pomona
  • Pomona, California
  • Oct 11, 2022
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Job Description


Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Department of Landscape Architecture

College of Environmental Design

Salary Range: $80,000-$82,488 Annual

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure track faculty ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in the Landscape Architecture Department in an area related to the study and/or promotion of Landscape Architecture.

Cal Poly Pomona is one of three polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 12 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, Cal Poly Pomona students have participated in an integrative experiential learning education that is inclusive, relevant, and values diverse perspectives and experiences. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for its learn-by-doing approach and Teacher Scholar Model .

The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. We acknowledge that Cal Poly Pomona resides on the territorial and homelands of the Tongva and Tataavium people who are the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar. The university’s nearly 30,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus’s more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 Baccalaureate and 29 Master’s degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.

Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 3 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 28 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona, a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility , and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor’s degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education .

The Cal Poly Pomona campus is located less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit , and for more about faculty life, please see YourLife@CPP .

Student Population. California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona - nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020. 58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible. The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International, 3% two or more races, 3% unknown, and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. 39% of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria. We aspire to be the model inclusive polytechnic university in the nation. We have a strong commitment to inclusive excellence and to educational experiences that leverage the diverse perspectives and experiences needed to succeed and thrive in a diverse society.

Tenure track faculty hires will demonstrate a commitment and record of contributions through their teaching, scholarship, or service to these inclusive excellence criteria (a minimum of two must be addressed in the Student Success Statement):

1. Integrates the values of equity and inclusivity into their teaching, scholarship and/or service contributions with diverse student populations;

2. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups and communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions;

3. Adopts teaching strategies that support the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;

4. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;

5. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;

6. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline;

7. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;

8. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;

9. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and

10. Has expertise in or demonstrated commitment to teaching, scholarship and/or service that contributes to access, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education.

College of Environmental Design

The mission of the College of Environmental Design (ENV) is to provide an outstanding academic and professional learning experience within a multidisciplinary structure. Creative excellence, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility have guided ENV's programs since it was established in 1970. Our award-winning programs offer professional degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning; at the undergraduate level in Art History and Visual Communication Design; and at the graduate level in Regenerative Studies. Faculty research, professional and creative activities are brought into the classroom through the Teacher-Scholar Model. Support and recognition for faculty efforts facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and promote their rich talent, expertise, and influence. We seek opportunities for engagement with practice in California, nationally and internationally. We are educating the future leaders of the design professions, and therefore have an obligation to ensure that all constituencies of those professions represent the diversity of California's population. Diversity is our strength.

Department of Landscape Architecture

Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Landscape Architecture was established in 1957, with the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) program. Our Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) program, established in 1972, is long recognized for its focus on groundbreaking ecological planning and regenerative design solutions and getting ready to celebrate its 50th year. We cultivate success through a diverse culture of experiential learning, discovery, and innovation. We demonstrate academic quality, relevance, and excellence through the teaching, learning, scholarship, and creative activities of our student-centered faculty.

We are committed to being the model for inclusive design programs to inspire creativity and innovation, embrace local and global social and environmental challenges, and transform lives through sustainable and equitable design. Our students, faculty, and staff have worked together, especially since Summer 2020, to enrich our landscape architecture programs by building on the knowledge, experience, and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). This work was inspired by and continues to respond to the June 8 th , 2022 Open Letter from Students to the Department . To begin this work, we organized a Bravely Learning Community (derived from our department motto “Bravely Curious”) to reimagine landscape architecture curriculum, student support, and program culture. We received a CSU Teagle Grant to explore an anti-racist approach for developing a student-centered curriculum. As a result of these initiatives, our students and faculty are positioning themselves to lead and support an equal, diverse, and inclusive vision for the global future of landscape architecture within the complex, diverse, transforming ecologies and culture of our Southern California context. We are excited for our new faculty members to become an integral part of this continuing effort.

Position Description:

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

The department is seeking a new Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture to join the faculty in Fall 2023. We are especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated ability or potential to actively engage in and support the Inclusive Excellence of our academic community. The successful candidate will have experience or a strong interest in integrating climate change issues, theoretical discourses, and/or the latest scientific findings into the knowledge base or the practice of landscape architecture at various planning and design scales. We welcome candidates who can bring one or more of the following expertise: systemic ecological planning and design, ecology and planting design, ecological or human health, climate change and resilience, environmental and social justice, advanced methods/technologies of site engineering and materials, green infrastructure, and/or other climate change-related issues.

This new Tenure-Track Assistant Professor will teach landscape architecture courses in both our Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs. All faculty are expected to contribute to three academic roles: teaching, service to the department and university, and advancing Landscape Architecture through research, scholarship, and/or creative activities. We seek a colleague who is committed to student-centered teaching while pursuing scholarship in their area of specialization. Faculty are expected to teach courses in the curricula for the department’s accredited undergraduate and graduate programs with some emphasis on developing new courses aligned with the position description. The ideal candidate is expected to build upon the unique strengths of our CPPLA students and community, and the CPP commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

Minimum Requirements:

  • An advanced degree in landscape architecture or field(s) related to the position description. At least one degree must be in landscape architecture. Advanced degree must be completed by the start of the appointment;
  • Teaching experience (this could include experience as a teaching assistant), and/or professional experience in landscape architecture or a related field relevant to the position description;
  • Potential to advance the academic knowledge and/or practice of Landscape Architecture through research, scholarship, and/or creative activities as described in the position;
  • Potential to develop and teach courses related to the position in both the BSLA and MLA programs; and
  • A Student Success Statement that demonstrates applicant’s commitment to and/or record of contributions through teaching, scholarship, and/or service, by addressing at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria listed above (statement is limited to 2 pages).

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

The successful applicant may bring additional academic and professional qualifications, characteristics, skills, and experiences including:
  • Professional licensure or the credentials to obtain licensure in landscape architecture, and/or SITES Accredited Professional, LEED-AP, or other relevant credentials;
  • Record of service to the discipline of landscape architecture or related fields in academic and/or professional organizations, and/or community organizations; or
  • Record of teaching in the subject matter associated with the particular emphasis of the position description; or
  • Record of research, scholarly and/or creative activities, or professional practice in Landscape Architecture or an allied field related to the position.
  • Record of research or practice working with minoritized communities in inclusive design and planning processes, community-led action from a deeply representative and inclusive approach to landscape architecture; or
  • Record of research, scholarly and/or creative works, or practice that connects landscape architecture and climate change.

Conditions of Employment:

The person offered this position is required to pass a background check.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at . Questions regarding the policy may be sent to

Application Process:

The deadline to apply for first consideration is December 1st, 2022. All complete applications received by this date will be fully reviewed and considered. Applications received after this date will be reviewed and considered only if the first round yields too few qualified candidates.

A completed application will consist of:
  • Statement of Interest describing the candidate’s experience and interests in teaching, research, scholarly or creative activities, and service that addresses the duties and qualifications articulated in the position description; candidates interested in both positions must apply for each position separately and tailor their Statement of Interest (maximum of two pages, single-spaced) to each position respectively;
  • Student Success Statement about the candidate's teaching or other academic and professional experiences, successes, and challenges in working or engaging with diverse student populations responding to at least two of the Inclusive Excellence criteria (one to two pages, single-spaced). Please refer to the Inclusive Excellence criteria listed above;
  • PDF or web link to a portfolio with research, scholarly and/or creative works, and other achievements relevant to the position (20 pages maximum);
  • Curriculum vitae that includes education, academic and professional experience, courses taught, presentations, publications, grants and awards, community and academic service, and other relevant experience and credentials;
  • Unofficial transcript for highest degree earned;
  • Completed online application form via PageUp

Finalists for the position will be required to:
  • Provide official transcripts for the highest degree obtained or in progress before the on-campus interview;
  • Provide three letters of reference dated within the last two years and the contact information of referees;
  • Participate in an on-campus interview which will include a presentation on the candidate’s research, scholarly, professional, and/or teaching interests and achievements.

Candidates are invited to join a Tenure-Track Candidate Information and Q&A Webinar hosted by the College of Environmental Design.

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Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university prepares a public annual security report.
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

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