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Landscape Architecture, Assistant Professor

Apply now Job no: 533486
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Pomona
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Architecture, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Tenure Track Faculty Position

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

College of Environmental Design


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Assistant Professor 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 participate 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 our 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 #2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the #15 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

Student Population - California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona, and 41% of new students were transfers in Fall 2022. 57% 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 53% Latinx, 22% Asian, 14% White, 3% Black, 2% International, 4% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. Thirty-nine percent of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science.

Inclusive Excellence and Student Success. 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.

*As a part of the application for faculty positions, all candidates must submit a Student Success Statement that demonstrates their commitment and record of contributions to diversity and equity through their teaching, scholarship, or service by speaking to at least two of the inclusive excellence criteria below.

Candidates should explain how they have engaged in the criteria below in their pedagogy, scholarship, and/or service, as well as the level to which these efforts have been consistently incorporated into their work.

Inclusive Excellence Criteria

  1. Incorporates the contributions and struggles of historic ethnic minority groups or other disadvantaged communities into their teaching, scholarly work, and/or service contributions
  2. Adopts teaching strategies that supports the learning and success of students from diverse student populations;
  3. Mentors and engages diverse student populations in discovery, scholarship, and creative activities;
  4. Engages students in problem-based projects and learning that address the needs of diverse communities;
  5. Possesses knowledge of challenges and barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline;
  6. Mentors and assists diverse student populations interested in pursuing graduate education;
  7. Engages in community-responsive action research or service with diverse student populations and communities;
  8. Has experience in or demonstrates a commitment to adopting experiential learning activities and pedagogy with diverse student populations and communities; and
  9. 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 providing outstanding academic and professional learning experience within an interdisciplinary structure. Creative excellence, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility have guided ENV's programs since it was established in 1970. Moving forward, ENV is strengthening its emphasis on thematic clusters addressing environmental sustainability, regeneration, and resilience; health and wellness; and cultural preservation.

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 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, long recognized for its focus on groundbreaking ecological planning and regenerative design solutions, just celebrated 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 8th, 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. In 2021, 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

Cal Poly Pomona’s Department of Landscape Architecture is seeking a new Tenure-Track Assistant Professor to join our faculty who can advance the discipline and profession of Landscape Architecture. We are especially interested in candidates who will thrive in our diverse environment with demonstrated ability or potential to actively engage in innovative pedagogy supporting the inclusive excellence of our academic community.

Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

The Department of Landscape Architecture welcomes candidates for this tenure-track position with the potential to provide leadership in one or more of the following topics in our accredited Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture (BSLA) and Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) curriculum: natural sciences such as landscape ecology, plant science, geography, horticulture, etc.; visual communication; sustainable construction materials and methods; and/or research methods.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability or potential for integrating the latest critical perspectives, justice/equity, and/or scientific/engineering research methods to inclusive student-centered landscape architecture education.

All faculty are expected to contribute to three academic roles to achieve tenure: teaching excellence, service to the department and university, and advancing Landscape Architecture through research, scholarship, and/or creative activities.

CPP is a teaching university, so we seek a colleague with a strong interest in and commitment to student-centered teaching. Faculty are expected to teach courses across the BSLA and MLA programs, and provide pedagogical leadership in a curriculum topic aligned with their expertise. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong interest in and commitment to the unique strengths of our CPPLA students and community, and the CPP commitment to Inclusive Excellence and Student Success.

Minimum Qualification include

  • An advanced degree (Master’s and/or Ph.D.) in landscape architecture or field(s) related to the position description. Advanced degree must be earned by the start of the appointment.
  • Commitment to student-centered teaching; and
  • Teaching experience (this could include experience as a teaching assistant), and/or professional experience in landscape architecture and/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 positions.
  • Potential to develop and teach courses related to the position in both the BSLA and MLA programs, see:
  • A Student Success Statement that demonstrates applicant’s commitment to and/or record of contributions through teaching, scholarship, 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:

  • 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 inclusive student-centered teaching in the subject matter associated with the particular emphasis of the position descriptions; or
  • Record of research, scholarly and/or creative activities, or professional practice in Landscape Architecture or an interdisciplinary allied field related to the position with the potential to advance the practice of landscape architecture including:
    • Commitment and experience working with historically underrepresented, marginalized and disadvantaged communities, in inclusive design and planning processes, and/or community-led action from a deeply representative and inclusive approach to landscape architecture; and/or
    • Critical perspectives of justice/equity in the history of, or visual communication related to landscapes and the built environment;
    • Connecting landscape architecture to climate change mitigation, resilience, or adaptation; and/or
    • Creative and scholarly activities related to our Southern California cultural, ecological, geological, and/or infrastructural context; and/or
    • Expertise in quantitative research, and/or qualitative research (such as ethnographic, sociological, design research, et cetera), and/or historical or curatorial studies, et cetera.

Application Process

The position is open until filled. For full consideration, the complete application package must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, December 15, 2023.

The complete 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 listed (maximum of two pages, single-spaced);
  • Student Success Statement about the candidate's teaching or other academic and professional experiences, successes, and challenges in working or engaging with a diverse student population 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;
  • Portfolio of research, scholarly, and/or creative works, and other achievements relevant to the position as described (20 pages maximum, PDF or web link);
  • Two academic and/or professional references, names and phone numbers;
  • Curriculum Vitae comprised of elements specified on the application form and including education, academic and professional experience, courses taught, presentations, publications, grants and awards, community and academic service, and other relevant experience;
  • Unofficial transcript for highest degree earned or in progress that will be completed prior to Fall 2024;
  • 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 two letters of reference dated within the last two years, and the contact information of referees;
  • Participate in an on-campus interview which includes a presentation on the candidate’s research, scholarly, professional, and/or teaching interests and achievements; and a 45-minute teaching demonstration + Q&A with students.

The position is open until filled. Full consideration will only be guaranteed for completed applications received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, December 15, 2023.

Please direct inquiries about this position to:

Applications accepted only via PageUp—online application portal—for University hires.

Salary Range for 9-month Academic Year Appointment: $80,000-$82,400 

Equal Opportunity Employer

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity 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.

Conditions of Employment

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

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