Career Opportunities

Tenure Track Faculty Position Openning - Design Foundations

The Landscape Architecture Department in the College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Design Foundations at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2012.

The Position: Full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor with a strong background in the foundations and principles of design with the ability to contribute to teaching fundamental design studios at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  This position will be expected to advise students, provide service to the community, and contribute to the intellectual discourse of the discipline and profession.  In addition, the ideal candidate will be able to contribute to one or more of the following emerging directions within the Department: urban systems and tectonics, design(ed) ecologies, landscape performance/evidence-based design, urban agriculture, adaptation and resilience, and contemporary critical thinking and theory.  This position will help provide leadership within the lower division educational sequence.  Therefore, candidates must possess the ability to articulate and provide vision for the global future of landscape architecture within the complex, diverse, emerging ecologies and culture of our Southern California context. 

The successful candidate will have strong potential to, or track record of, generating scholarship/research/creative works directly aligned with their expertise.  Approaches to design, communication and construction that advance practice, with an emphasis on inclusive design thinking for multi-cultural contexts are preferred.  A vision for generating external funding is desired.

This position will focus on teaching design literacy, spatial cognition, and the application of constructed cultural and ecologically based systems.  The ideal candidate will have the following skill set: the ability to stimulate creativity, cope with complexity, translate data and systems into formal expression, and communicate the nature of the landscape as a cultural construct of values.  An ability to recognize and implement informal experiments and leverage small, flexible and tactical interventions to encourage innovative thinking is required. Expertise in one of more advanced design technologies is a plus: BIM, 3D-modeling, digital video production and motion graphics, web-based media, interactive media,  and generative or performative parametric scripting.  They will also have an interest in interdisciplinary interaction, public engagement, and the ability to converse with a wide range of disciplines and professions.   International experience or interest in regions beyond Italy, Greece and China is desired. 

Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a commitment to diversity within the disciplines of Landscape Architecture and higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications:

  1. A terminal degree in Landscape Architecture or a related field such as Fine Art, Graphic Design, Architecture, Planning, Ecology, etc.
  2. Demonstrable ability to teach the fundamentals of design; and
  3. The ability to undertake scholarly and/or creative activity in the area of design as outlined within the position description;
  4. Ability to effectively articulate a vision for the global future of landscape architecture within the complex context of Southern California; and
  5. Ability to communicate effectively and in a collaborative manner with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and the public.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  1. Additional expertise and experience in social and environmental justice, design(ed) ecologies, multicultural issues, advanced visual communication, urban systems and tectonics, landscape performance, urban agriculture, adaptation and resilience, or contemporary critical thinking and theory;
  2. Expertise with one or more advanced design technologies especially: LCA software, BIM, 3D-modeling, digital video production and motion graphics, web-based media, interactive media, and generative or performative parametric scripting;
  3. University teaching and/or professional experience;
  4. Professional licensure in landscape architecture or a related discipline;
  5. A record of service to the discipline and the community;
  6. Ability to provide academic and creative leadership with vision; and
  7. Vision for generating external funding.


Application Procedure: 
A completed application will consist of:

  1. Official application (available on-line at:;
  2. A statement of intent that describes the candidate’s interest and experience of teaching and scholarly or creative activities that addresses the duties and qualifications relevant to the position as described;
  3. A curriculum vitae comprised of at least those elements specified on the application form;
  4. An unofficial transcript showing highest degree earned (an official transcript will be required of finalists);
  5. A Portfolio or examples of creative work and/or scholarship relevant to the position as described;
  6. A minimum of three (3) recent letters of reference;
  7. The names and contact information from a minimum of 5 individuals who can speak to the candidate’s potential for success in this position; including their names, titles, addresses and telephone numbers.  Those providing letters may also serve as phone references.
  8. All finalists for the position will be required to give an in-class presentation on campus as part of the interview process.


For full consideration, applications are due by January 3, 2012.   Materials submitted by the candidate will be available for examination by all tenured and probationary faculty members of the Department. The position will remain open until filled and early response is highly encouraged.  Please address all nominations, inquiries, requests for application forms, and application materials to:

Faculty Search Committee
c/o Kris Penrose, Department Coordinator
Landscape Architecture Department, ENV
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: 909.869.2673   FAX: 909.869.4460

For more information, please contact:
Andrew Wilcox, Associate Professor and Search Committee Chair, at, or by phone (909) 869 – 2673

Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The University:
Cal Poly Pomona, one of two polytechnic universities in California, is a member of the 23-campus California State University system.  Our ethnically diverse student population of approximately 20,000 enrolls in 62 baccalaureate and 19 master’s degree programs presented by 1,100 faculty.  We recruit students increasingly from throughout California and beyond.  The students are success and career focused and extremely diverse. We are proud of our status as a Hispanic Serving Institution.   We have a strong commitment to supporting scholarship, research, and student achievement.  Our scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W. K. Kellogg, is located about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in one of the most dynamic economic and cultural regions in the country, and within an hour’s drive of beaches, mountains, and desert.  The University is committed to diversifying its faculty and staff and has made educational equity one of its highest priorities. The mission of the university is to advance learning and knowledge by linking theory and practice in all disciplines, and to prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, and careers in a changing, multicultural world. 

The College: 
The College of Environmental Design (ENV) seeks to connect people and the environment in an effort to improve communities and resolve pressing problems and resolve pressing problems facing society.  With a unique integration of the arts, architecture, landscape architecture, regenerative studies, and urban and regional planning, as well as a “learn by doing” approach grounded in polytechnic tradition, ENV is a leader in design excellence and innovative problem-solving for communities in Southern California and around the globe.  ENV’s nationally ranked educational programs and award-winning research, scholarship, creative activities, and outreach demonstrate this leadership.

The Department of Landscape Architecture:  
The Department recognizes the serious challenges facing humankind in the 21st century:  rapidly expanding population pressures in the context of finite, non-renewable resources; and an increasingly multicultural society.  As the only Landscape Architecture department in the Los Angeles region with both accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the Department is in a unique position to utilize this exciting and dynamic urban laboratory to examine issues, patterns, and processes that will become prevalent in many parts of the world during this century.  To this end, the Department has adopted an ambitious vision of  “Re-Generating Los Angeles” as it seeks to be a center of creative excellence in landscape architecture, internationally recognized for communicating values of ecological and social sustainability to students and the community.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action 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 and learning.  Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on gender, race, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, marital status, age, religion, or veteran status.  Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.  As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university’s annual security report is available at