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University of Michigan LEO Intermittent Lecturer - SEAS - Landscape Architecture in Ann Arbor, Michigan

LEO Intermittent Lecturer - SEAS - Landscape Architecture

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The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan invites individuals to apply for the position of Lecturer Intermittent. Applications are welcomed and encouraged regardless of background and identity. Individuals with a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion are particularly encouraged to apply. To apply, please complete the application on the U-M Careers site. The following materials must be submitted as part of the application:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in teaching the course

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and evidence of teaching effectiveness such as copies of teaching evaluations

  • List of at least 3 references including contact information.

  • Please use this format to name the file: lastname.firstname.CV.PDF

Please contact Nicole Rutherford, [email protected] , if you have any questions.

This position is subject to the terms of the LEO bargaining agreement. The full LEO contract can be found at .


The University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability invites applications for a lecturer in Landscape Architecture to teach EAS 587 Making Place, the second of four introductory design studios, Fall Semester B 2024.

The successful candidate will have the unique opportunity to shape the foundational experience of emerging landscape architects by delivering engaging, innovative, and high-quality studio education. As a lecturer, you will contribute to the academic community by fostering an environment that establishes the principles of design thinking, creative process, environmental stewardship, and an understanding of landscape architecture's aesthetic, social, and technical aspects. The position is fully in-person at the Ann Arbor campus.

What You'll Do

Course Description and Learning Objectives

The second half of the first-year studio experience builds upon work completed in the first half of the term and introduces students to many skills, processes, and ideas that landscape architects use in their work. The focus is primarily on generating and communicating ideas and creating socially and ecologically `just places that respond to context and are aesthetically engaging. A series of projects using different design processes and drivers will be undertaken. Projects will be reinforced by critiquing these and other selected design processes that inform contemporary landscape architecture practice. Throughout the sequence of projects, students are expected to demonstrate an evolving yet firm commitment toward design through a willingness to explore design processes and critically engage with contemporary design theory and precedents to produce innovative design responses. We will undertake a series of small assignments leading up to and relating to a more complex final project that will encourage participants to use various media (digital, analog, model, and others) to develop and disseminate ideas, concepts, and plans to a specific audience. The focus for the main project will be creating a well-designed proposal on the site of your work from the first half of the term.


  1. To gain experience in documenting, analyzing, and understanding people and places they inhabit

  2. To develop knowledge of key concepts and principles of landscape architecture and their application through the exploration of an approach and methodology

  3. To develop the ability to address issues and opportunities at the site scale in three-dimensional form through a process of design development

  4. To gain experience in graphic thinking and communication as it relates to landscape architecture

Mission Statement

SEAS's mission is to contribute to the protection of the Earth's resources and the achievement of a sustainable and just society. Through research, education, and outreach, the faculty, staff, and students are devoted to generating knowledge and developing policies, techniques, and skills to help practitioners manage and conserve environmental resources to meet the full range of human needs on a sustainable basis.

SEAS is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment that respects diverse experiences, promotes generous listening and communication, discourages and genuinely responds to acts of discrimination, harassment, or injustice. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is rooted in our values for a sustainable and just society.


  • Lead the design and delivery of the introductory studio course in landscape architecture.

  • Develop course syllabi, assignments, readings, and projects that reflect contemporary issues and practices in the field.

  • Provide individual and group instruction in design principles, methods, and techniques.

  • Encourage critical thinking and creative problem-solving through project-based learning.

  • Assess and evaluate student work with constructive feedback to advance their design and technical skills.

  • Coordinate with other faculty members to ensure a cohesive and comprehensive foundation for the program's curriculum.

  • Stay current with developments in landscape architecture, sustainable practices, and pedagogical techniques.

  • Participate in reviews, critiques, and juries for student work.

  • Mentor students and provide career guidance and academic advising.

  • This course enrolls up to 25 students and is supported by 1 0.25 Graduate Student Instructor.

  • This position requires in-person teaching, remote instruction will not be available.

Required Qualifications*

  • A professional degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA or equivalent).

  • Professional practice experience in landscape architecture with a focus on ecological design.

  • A strong record of teaching introductory landscape architecture studios or evidence of potential for excellence in teaching.

  • Excellent verbal, visual, and written communication skills.

  • Ability to engage with students from diverse backgrounds.

  • Commitment to fostering a collaborative, inclusive, and innovative studio culture.

Desired Qualifications*

Preferred qualifications include a professional registration in landscape architecture, knowledge of sustainable and ecological principles, and a demonstrated ability to integrate these into teaching.

Additional Information

All application materials must be submitted no later than June 20, 2024. Selected candidates will be contacted and interviewed remotely. We expect to make an offer of employment no later than July 20, 2024. The anticipated start date for this position is October 16, 2024. This appointment will end December 31, 2024.

Application Deadline

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position(s) is/are filled. Job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Job Detail

Job Opening ID


Working Title

LEO Intermittent Lecturer - SEAS - Landscape Architecture

Job Title

LEO Intermittent Lecturer

Work Location

Ann Arbor Campus

Ann Arbor, MI

Full/Part Time




FLSA Status


Organizational Group

School Nat Res Envir


Sch for Environ and Sustain

Posting Begin/End Date

6/10/2024 - 6/20/2024

Career Interest

LEO - Lecturers

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