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Assistant Professor - Urban Design, Landscape Urbanism, and Urbanism Theory & Practice

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Posting Number 700187
Working Title Assistant Professor - Urban Design, Landscape Urbanism, and Urbanism Theory & Practice
Advertised Employing Department Architecture, Community and Regional Planning, or Landscape Architecture
Appointment Type Faculty - Tenure-Eligible
Base of Employment B - Faculty (9 Months)
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Pay Frequency Monthly
Proposed Start Date 08/16/2018
Proposed End Date or Length of Term
Number of Months Employed Per Year 9
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The College of Design at Iowa State University is seeking applicants for a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Urban Design, Landscape Urbanism, and Urbanism Theory and Practice to teach in the Master of Urban Design program (M.U.D.). The tenure home of the successful faculty candidate will be determined based on the faculty member’s teaching and research field of study in Architecture, Community and Regional Planning, or Landscape Architecture. We invite applicants who are committed to teaching graduate and upper-level urban design studios as well as lecture and seminar-based courses in history, theory, media and practice at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

The new faculty will join an energetic team that continues to shape this young program, currently in its fourth year, in the face of challenging urban developments. The Master of Urban Design is an advanced, interdisciplinary program of study that focuses on contemporary challenges of urbanism at the local, regional and global scales. The program was founded with the understanding that urban environments should be engaged through an integrated design process that includes ecological, social, material, economic, and urban policy factors. The urban design degree reflects a deep commitment to a just and resilient urban environment within the context of an increasingly concentrated, connected and, diverse urban world.

The successful candidate is expected to engage the sociopolitical interface between design, planning, landscape, community, culture and economy. The expertise might include: urban resilience and geography; representation, mapping and modeling; social, philosophical and economic theories of the city; data and information systems; smart cities and urban culture; globalization, internationalization and infrastructure; participatory design, or related area of research. We seek candidates with an expertise and knowledge of issues that address both spatial and temporal thinking inherent in the above areas of expertise.

Required Education and Experience

For candidates seeking home department of Architecture: MArch or equivalent professional degree in related field OR BArch + masters in architecture or related field

For candidates seeking home department of Community and Regional Planning: PhD in planning OR related field

For candidates seeking home department of Landscape Architecture: Masters in landscape architecture or related field

Preferred Education and Experience

• Degree in Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Urban Studies, or a related field.
• Demonstrated evidence or promise of exemplary research or professional practice.
• Experience working or teaching effectively within multiple disciplines.
• College-level teaching experience in a professional design or planning program.
• Evidence of innovative pedagogy including the use of emerging technologies.
• Record of seeking and securing external grant funding.
• Professional registration in architecture, landscape architecture, or planning.

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)
Department/Program & College Description

The College of Design is made up of seven distinguished departments: Architecture, Art and Visual Culture (AVC), Community and Regional Planning (CRP), Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. The College of Design is dedicated to all forms of diversity and inclusion, and committed to the expanded role of art and design as an agent of change in society.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Department Contact Name Professor Mira Engler
Department Contact Phone 515-294-8937
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Location (if other than Ames)
Additional Information

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2018. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References
4) Design (and, if applicable, Teaching) Portfolio or sample publications/reports. Please attach as "Other Document(s) 1 and 2 if needed.

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 01/14/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Classification Information

University Title Assistant Professor - 1700
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Job Category Faculty

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document(s) 1
  2. Other Document(s) 2