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Montana State University Assistant Professor of Landscape Design in Bozeman, Montana

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Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 23012

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Rebekah Van Wieren

Irene Decker

Classification Title

Working Title Assistant Professor of Landscape Design

Brief Position Overview

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Assistant Professor Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure track, academic year (AY, 9-months) appointment (80% teaching, 10% research, 10% service/outreach responsibilities)

Position Number 4A3445

Department Plant Sciences

Division College of Agriculture/MAES

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Academic Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type MUS

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology ( PSPP ) Department conducts research and teaches in the broad areas of agronomy, horticulture, landscape design, sustainable crop production, plant biology, plant pathology, genetics, and entomology. This faculty position will contribute to the landscape design curricula and research/creative activity that is integrated within the environmental horticulture area of the department. As the largest horticulture program and only landscape design degree in Montana, faculty, staff, and students work to shape the landscapes, community environments, and food systems in semi-arid climates, for addressing concerns of sustainability, climate change, and social equity.

We seek applicants who can teach in a diverse University community, possess exceptional interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, and have demonstrated ability in helping landscape design and horticulture students succeed.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will develop an innovative and collaborative teaching program relevant to the missions of the Department, College, and University. Instructional responsibilities include at least four, 3- or 4-credit lecture or studio courses annually relating to landscape design/architecture. Specific teaching opportunities include courses on sustainable landscape design, planting design, landscape construction, landscape theory and history, landscape graphics, and residential and commercial site design. Interdisciplinary projects, community engagement, service-learning, and other high quality high-impact educational practices are encouraged. The successful candidate will also advise undergraduate and graduate students in academic and research/creative activities that relate to landscape design.

This tenure-track position requires that the successful candidate develop a focused program of research/creative activity integrated with teaching activities and directed at solving issues in landscape design relevant to Montana and the region. Possible scholarship areas include but are not limited to: water conservation, wildland-urban interface and land use planning, residential design, design-build, community design, ecology and restoration, parks and recreation, and planting design. Collaborative research and scholarship related to teaching and learning are also encouraged. This individual will support their research with extramural funding and publish original scholarship/creative activity in refereed journals or other appropriate venues, and receive awarded recognition through professional associations for creative activity.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Terminal degree in landscape architecture ( MLA or Ph.D.) from an LAAB -accredited program or Ph.D. in landscape architecture or related discipline.

  • Potential for excellence in teaching landscape design courses and studios.

  • Potential for excellence in scholarship and/or creative activity related to landscape design commensurate with career level.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Previous teaching experience at the university level.

  • Previous professional experience related to landscape design/architecture.

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others in teaching or scholarly/creative activity.

  • Past record of scholarly activity/awarded creative activity.

  • Demonstrate strong interest in teaching/research relating to plants.

  • Licensure as a Landscape Architect (or activity toward such licensing).

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Possess excellent written and oral communications skills.

  • Possess effective interpersonal skills.

  • Be committed to student success and quality teaching.

  • Contribute successfully to departmental research, and service.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points) or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed) and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The Environmental Horticulture program covers a broad spectrum of horticulture-related fields, with the Landscape Design option/major focusing on the holistic ability to plan, design, build, and/or manage landscapes at a range of scales.

The Department

The Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology ( PSPP ) ( Department, housed in the College of Agriculture, offers a B.S. degree in four majors, an M.S. degree in Plant Pathology or Plant Sciences, and a Ph.D. degree in Plant Sciences. The Department has a state-of-the-art building that is well-equipped with access to the Plant Growth Center greenhouse facility, a 10-acre horticulture farm that includes a student-run market garden, a pollinator garden, and a 250-acre agronomic research farm. The dedicated landscape design teaching facility has a studio, lab, and computer/printing resources. In addition, seven off-campus research centers across the state offer further collaborative research opportunities.

The College

MSU was founded in 1893 as the Agricultural College of the State of Montana. Today, the College of Agriculture is an integral part of fulfilling MSU’s land grant mission to provide a liberal, practical education to the sons and daughters of Montana. As part of the College of Agriculture, the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station ( MAES ) conducts research on old and new challenges for Montana’s agricultural community. MAES creates opportunities for students and faculty to excel through hands-on learning, to serve through campus and community engagement, to explore unique solutions to distinct and interesting questions, and to connect Montanans with the global community.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

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Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 15, 2022; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To be considered for this position, please upload the following documents:

  1. Cover letter directly addressing required and preferred job qualifications

  2. Curriculum vitae

  3. A statement of teaching experience and philosophy, including perspectives on diversity and inclusive excellence (one-page maximum)

  4. A statement that describes your research/creative activity background and vision for the position (one-page maximum)

  5. Five best landscape design/architecture work examples in one combined .pdf file

    Diversity Statement

    Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

    Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

    Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

    In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

    MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .