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Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Architecture

Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture


California Polytechnic State University’s Landscape Architecture Department is seeking a tenure track assistant professor with a record of professional achievements, scholarship, and teaching (either demonstrated or the potential for success) to provide core instruction in ecologically-based landscape approaches and resilient design strategies for introductory and upper division design studios, as well support courses. The department is looking for applicants with experience in green infrastructure development including climate change adaptation strategies, design and planning for resilience, storm water management, landscape performance design and assessment, and/or expertise in applied ecology and climate science. Candidates must be familiar with current and emerging digital representation and analysis media.

Applicants shall demonstrate the ability to develop a viable research program that complements their teaching. Commitment to department, college, and university and professional service activities is required. Learn-by-doing and project-based learning is the preferred teaching model. 

Salary commensurate with education and experience of the individual selected. (Anticipated hiring range: $89,000 - $95,000 per year).

The anticipated start date is September 16, 2024 for the 2024-2025 academic year.

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees, and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Successful applicants should demonstrate how they have incorporated these into past professional and academic work and state how they would incorporate these areas into future efforts as a faculty member. We are especially interested in candidates committed to supporting the success of first-generation students and underrepresented minorities. Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer.



  1. A master’s in landscape architecture or a related and complementary field. Where the master’s degree is in a related or complementary field, the candidate shall have an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture and shall have evidence of experience in landscape architecture practice.
  1. Evidence or proof of potential for excellence in university-level teaching.
  2. Evidence of experience with ecologically-based landscape approaches and/or resilient design strategies through professional projects or student assignments.
  3. Familiarity with current and emerging digital representation and analysis media.
  4. Potential for the development of a successful research and scholarship program that complements their teaching. Cal Poly uses Boyer’s model of scholarship (discovery, integration, application, and teaching), encouraging a wide range of scholarship directions.
  5. Demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.


  1. 3 years or more of professional experience in ecologically-based landscape approaches and/or resilient design strategies.
  2. Professional practice and/or Landscape Architecture License or demonstrated progress in the licensure process.
  3. Teaching experience


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU related work outside of California. At Cal Poly, tenure-line faculty are expected to establish an on-campus presence.


The Department of Landscape Architecture provides the highest quality professional educational experience for its students. We recognize that the profession of Landscape Architecture is changing and calling on professionals to play a more active leadership role in designing and managing numerous aspects of our environment. Our five-year first professional Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program is accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB) and recognized by the Landscape Architects Technical Committee of the California Board of Architectural Examiners. With a learning-centered educational approach, Cal Poly students will develop the professional skills and knowledge needed to make valuable contributions to a changing global society. Through the faculty’s commitment to excellence in teaching and the core values of the profession, students will develop an appreciation for life-long learning and an interdisciplinary approach to landscape architectural design.

For further information about the department, college, and university, please visit: and


Founded in 1901, Cal Poly is one of only five comprehensive polytechnic universities in the nation. It has approximately 21,000 undergraduate, 800 post-baccalaureate/graduate students. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Cal Poly #1 among public master's universities in the western United States for 26 consecutive years. A primarily undergraduate university, Cal Poly offers academically focused students 65 baccalaureate degrees and 39 master's degrees. Operating on the quarter calendar system, Cal Poly takes pride in its "Learn by Doing" approach to teaching and learning, which has characterized Cal Poly since its founding. One of the 23 campuses of the California State University system, Cal Poly has a statewide mandate as a polytechnic university. Situated on 1,321 acres, 155 of which make up the campus core, Cal Poly is one of the largest land-holding universities in the nation and uses all of its land holdings in active support of its educational programs.

Cal Poly is located in historic San Luis Obispo, a city of 47,500, just twelve miles from the Pacific Ocean and midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's scenic Central Coast. With excellent public education resources, recreational facilities and an expanding dedication to the arts, the area is known for its scenic landscapes, extraordinary temperate climate, and an abundance of outdoor activities.   


Interested candidates must complete the online application and upload all of the following materials:

  1. A cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Names and contact information of at least three references
  4. Unofficial transcripts at the time of application (official transcripts are required for appointment) 
  5. Statement of teaching philosophy including approach to working with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  6. Statement of research and scholarship philosophy
  7. Diversity statement: The diversity statement is a way for applicants for a tenure-track position to demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in teaching, scholarship, and service. It should display evidence of the ability to promote and support a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. Please consider using the following questions to prepare the diversity statement.
    1. What pedagogical practices would you use to foster an inclusive learning environment for our student population? Activities may include curriculum, pedagogy, or climate, and teaching that occurs outside the classroom setting.
    2. In what ways have your experiences shaped your perspectives, behaviors, or actions about or towards others, and what did you learn from these experiences?
    3. What activities, outside of the area of teaching, do you plan to engage in as a faculty member that would address diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  1. List of any CSU courses previous taught and courses requesting consideration to teach
  2. Course evaluation results (if applicable)
  3. Teaching portfolio and evidence of teaching effectiveness (with course syllabi and student evaluations), if applicable (15 pages and 30 mb file size limit)
  4. Example(s) of scholarship work, if applicable.

Review of applications will begin February 6, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

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