Faculty Position focused on Water-Related Resilience

Penn State University

University Park, PA, US


Penn State’s Department of Landscape Architecture and the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) jointly seek an outstanding new faculty focused on “water-related resilience” to fulfill goals of the IEE, the Penn State Water Faculty Consortium, and the Department. The disciplinary home will be the Department of Landscape Architecture; the position is co-funded through Penn State University’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE), http://www.iee.psu.edu/. Note that this is one of four new IEE co-hires focusing on water at Penn State. We specifically seek a 36-week tenure-track faculty member with research and design expertise in aquatic ecology focusing on coastal, riverine, and wetland system resilience. Candidates should possess substantial expertise and capacity to analyze existing water issues, develop proposals to address those issues in environmental designs that are both functional and experiential, and assess the outcomes. They further must show evidence of success in teaching and be enthusiastic team players who thrive in collaborative environments. They should be collaborative leaders who will promote and enhance excellence and innovation in interdisciplinary research. We further seek a faculty member who will contribute to a climate that embraces excellence and diversity: evidence of a commitment to working collegially with individuals from diverse backgrounds is required. We strongly encourage applications from underrepresented groups. This unique new position responds directly to Penn State’s forthcoming emphasis on “Empowering Resilience.” Additionally, the position is firmly grounded in the missions and intentions of both participating units: 1 – The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) foster and facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration to positively impact important energy and environmental challenges (http://www.iee.psu.edu/about/). Penn State’s Water Faculty consortium of over 100 university-wide water scientists, researchers, and educators have led decades of high impact research, education, and service addressing the many dimensions of water, from basic to applied (https://water.psu.edu/). 2 – The mission of the Department of Landscape Architecture is “inspired work grounded in commitment to environmental and social good” (https://stuckeman.psu.edu/larch/) and the goal of E+D is “Research activated design intervention that significantly improves the ecological health of the designed world” (https://issuu.com/stuckemanschool/docs/eplusd_symposium_vol1_single-pages). The successful candidate will work with faculty and students on existing water research and curricular initiatives in Landscape Architecture as well as build new initiatives and programs in conjunction with the IEE mission. Specifically, this faculty member will: Enthusiastically and effectively engage in transdisciplinary research initiatives focused on water-related resilience, advancing Penn State’s accomplishments in water research and design; Address Penn State’s commitment to expanding student awareness of resilience issues and the College of Arts & Architecture’s commitment to delivering compelling general education by designing an online, interdomain general education course (arts/natural sciences) in “design for resilience;” Teach upper-level, interdisciplinary design studios and/or water-related resilience electives, as well as guide graduate students studying water resilience in design and environmental science majors.Required qualifications include a professional degree in environmental design (landscape architecture, architecture, civil engineering, etc.) and a track record of ecological research and/or design in water-related resilience demonstrated by degree or experience. A Ph.D. is preferred. Penn State is a multi-campus, land grant, public research university that educates students from around the world and supports individuals and communities through teaching, research, and service. With over $800 million in annual research expenditures, Penn State ranks among the top 20 U. S. research universities. The University Park campus is located within State College, PA, which was recently ranked number 5 in a ranking of top college towns by the American Institute for Economic Research, and number 15 in a ranking of the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise. For more information visit www.statecollegepa.us and www.statecollege.com. Located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers an incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined with all the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring, and is a 3-4 hour drive from New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC. The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more. To apply, submit a letter that includes a statement of interest in the teaching and research central to this position, a curriculum vitae, representative samples of research and/or creative works(20 MB maximum), a statement of teaching philosophy and/or research philosophy, and contact information for three references to Penn State’s electronic application system EJMS #92405. For full consideration, submissions must be received by February 15; however, the review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Please direct questions to Patricia Kucker, Chair, Landscape Architecture Faculty Search Committee, [email protected] Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other protected groups. 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