Assistant Professor of Ecological Landscape Design and Restoration
University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture
United States

Assistant Professor of Ecological Landscape Design and Restoration

Job no: 221692-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Instructional, Research, Scientific

Position Summary:
The Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture is a diverse and interdisciplinary academic unit with several applied programs in planning and design. The Department offers two undergraduate degrees, including an LAAB-accredited BLA; two master's degrees, including a research-based MSLA that includes a restoration focus, and a planning PhD. Faculty in the Department were among the first in the nation to develop a teaching, practice, and scholarship program in applied ecological restoration. The courses within our restoration curriculum currently serve students in degree programs across campus. The successful candidate will help to advance this teaching and scholarship legacy of foundational work in landscape and urban restoration, planning, design, and management within a global context. We seek candidates with training and experience in both landscape architecture and ecological restoration. The successful candidate will develop an internationally recognized program of teaching and scholarship in Ecological Landscape Design and Restoration. We are particularly interested in candidates who can work collaboratively to address international environmental challenges, including urban resilience and sustainability, natural hazard mitigation, and adaptation to climate change. Expectations of the successful candidate also include graduate training, University and professional service, public outreach, and skilled teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Principal Duties:
The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching, research, and service missions of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in the following ways:

1) teaching Plants and Ecology in Design - an intermediate-level BLA planting design studio course - and at least one additional course supporting our ecological restoration curricula.
2) advancing scholarship and education around ecosystem restoration planning and design, in both domestic and international contexts.
3) teaching other studio or seminar courses contributing to our BLA, our Landscape and Urban Studies undergraduate major, or our graduate degrees.
In addition to teaching (typically 3-4 courses per year), this faculty member will be expected to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.

This person will be expected to develop and conduct scholarship around critical and complex socio-ecological issues during a period of remarkable global environmental change. This tenure-track faculty position is an opportunity to provide leadership and synergy with other faculty and staff on campus, expand our course offerings around issues of high interest and importance to students at UW-Madison, and expand important research areas that are highly salient in our fields.

The successful candidate will be expected to obtain extramural funding and engage in scholarship in their areas of specialization, consistent with tenure expectations at UW-Madison. Contributing to global sustainability and resiliency initiatives such as the Sustainable SITES Initiative and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration will be encouraged. They will also be engaged with national and international organizations such as the Society for Ecological Restoration and the Ecological Society of America, in addition to restoration and conservation agencies in Madison and other communities within Wisconsin.

Service expectations for faculty in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture include participation in campus and departmental governance, student advising and mentoring, service to the profession, and service and engagement with communities and other partners consistent with the university's proud tradition in the Wisconsin Idea.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:
Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:
The position requires at least one professional degree from an accredited landscape architecture program, and it requires a terminal graduate degree in landscape architecture or a related field; a PhD is welcome, but not required.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

* Field experience in ecological restoration, conservation, or ecosystem management in domestic and/or international settings.
* Experience applying ecological planting design principles and working with native plants and native plant communities.
* Experience teaching planting design and other landscape architecture design studios at the college level.
* Professional planning and design practice experience, including site analysis, concept development, and production of planting plans and details.

Additional Information:
The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.

Beyond the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the Department also houses the Earth Partnership Program and several research labs that engage with the community and environment. The Department, along with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, have been leaders in experimenting with, and advancing restoration ecology since Aldo Leopold, John Curtis, and others.

Additional information can be found below: Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture
Earth Partnership
UW-Madison Arboretum

While this position is slated to begin in Fall 2020, we would also be willing to consider a January 2021 start date.

Please direct additional questions about the position to Professor Janet Silbernagel at


Work Type:
Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:

Anticipated Begin Date:
AUGUST 17, 2020

ACADEMIC (9 months)

Instructions to Applicants:
Interested candidates can find the position announcement at (PVL 221692), click on "Apply Now" and submit the following 5 documents: 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae, 3) samples of their work, such as publications, design products, management plans, etc (upload these as 1 document), 4) applied scholarship, teaching, and diversity statements (1 document; maximum 4 single space pages total), and 5) full contact information for three references (1 document). The deadline for ensuring full consideration is April 10, however the position will remain open and applications may be considered until the position is filled.

Janet Silbernagel

Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: Mar 11 2020 Central Daylight Time

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