Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Posting Details

Posting Details

Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
Posting Number F00036P
Department SDSU-School of Design
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

The South Dakota State University Landscape Architecture Program invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin no later than August 2018.

Responsibilities may include:
• Teaching courses within the professional curriculum, including design studios, lectures, seminars, and workshops.
• Developing and carrying out an agenda of research and creative activity.
• Providing service to the discipline, university, and community.
• Teaching in cross-disciplinary design studios.

• Terminal degree in Landscape Architecture or a first-professional degree (BLA, MLA or equivalent) in Landscape Architecture and a terminal degree in an allied design discipline.
• Professional experience in Landscape Architecture (or a related field).
• Expertise in professional practice (including graphics, marketing and contract administration), digital design methodologies, plant materials, and design development and implementation at a variety of scales.
• Effective written and verbal communication skills.
• Effective interpersonal skills.

CLARB certification and/or a post-professional degree in Landscape Architecture.
• Established or ability to establish a programmatic research agenda.
• Experience teaching in an academic design studio.
• Demonstrable record of teaching experience in areas related to individual research.
• Evidence of practice grounded in resilient landscape architecture.
• Peer reviewed publications and awards.
• Record of service within the discipline.

This system guides you through the electronic application form. This employment site will require the attachment of 1) a cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a statement of academic interest including a description of your ability to teach within the professional program, 4) three professional or academic references with appropriate contact information (name, position, phone, mailing and email address), and 5) a portfolio (5MB max.) that includes professional, academic, and/or research materials and work by students taught in an academic setting.

Portfolio requirements and format:
Portfolios should include 1) professional, academic and/or research materials, and 2) work by students taught in an academic setting. Format: 25 pages (max.); PDF filetype; 5MB (max.). An online link to a similarly formatted PDF portfolio is an acceptable alternative; the URL must be uploaded in place of the portfolio on the employment website.

Please contact SDSU Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application process.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

Posting Date 10/23/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 01/08/2018
Advertised Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Duration of the Term 9 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Proposed Rank Assistant Professor
Work Hours
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Appointment Type Regular
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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Department Description and Cultural Expectations

SDSU is a thriving and growing land-grant university with a rich tradition of hands-on learning and material practice. Located in Brookings, a nurturing and charming college town north of Sioux Falls and west of Minneapolis, SDSU is set in a rich fabric of small cities eager to embrace innovative and smart design practice and culture.

Landscape Architecture at SDSU is nested within the School of Design collaborative structure, along with programs in Architecture, Interior Design, Graphic Design, and Studio Arts. Collectively, School faculty form a collaborative teaching and research environment that values cross-program and interdisciplinary initiatives.

The Landscape Architecture Program celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015, and is in the middle of the initial accreditation process. The Program enrolls 60 students with the mandate of growing to 80+ students in the next few years. Our focus is on practicable landscape architecture and imbuing students with a solid understanding of the relationship between studio and site. Students’ design education is grounded in graphical inquiry, creative research, and clinical design practice in communities throughout the state.

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

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Contact Information

For inquiries regarding the Landscape Architecture Program or the advertised faculty position, contact Don Burger, search committee chair at (605) 688-6704 or

Supplemental Questions

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  1. Where did you hear about this position?
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    • Chronicle of Higher Education
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Portfolio
  4. Other
  5. Reference List
Optional Documents