The University of Connecticut (UConn) is entering a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (http://nextgenct.uconn.edu/) and the $1.0B Bioscience Connecticut (http://biosciencect.uchc.edu/) investments as well as a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence (http://issuu.com/uconnprovost/docs/academic-plan-single-hi-optimized_1). We are pleased to continue on this path by inviting applications for a faculty position in the Program of Landscape Architecture at the rank of tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (http://plantscience.uconn.edu).

The College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) at the University of Connecticut contributes to a sustainable future through scientific discovery, innovation, and community engagement. CAHNR’s accomplishments result in safe, sustainable and secure plant and animal production systems, healthier individuals and communities, greater protection and conservation of our environment and natural resources, balanced growth of the economy, and resilient local and global communities. We epitomize the role of a land-grant university, which is to develop knowledge and disseminate it through the three academic functions of teaching, research, and outreach. In so doing, we improve the lives of citizens of our state, region and country.

The Program of Landscape Architecture currently offers a B.S.L.A. and an M.S. with a focus on Landscape Architecture. The bachelor’s degree is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board. Presently the program has 50 undergraduate students and a small graduate program. We are currently working to develop an accredited M.L.A. Program. Our graduates work in many of the top landscape architecture firms in Connecticut and across the country. Our location on the Storrs Campus of the University is within a short driving distance to Boston and New York City.


The successful candidate will have 40% scholarship/research and 60% teaching duties, beginning on August 23, 2019. Responsibilities include development of a significant cross-disciplinary scholarly program, teaching up to three courses per academic year, advising undergraduates, and mentoring graduate students.

The successful candidate will lead and significantly enhance scholarship and research in the Program of Landscape Architecture by securing extramural funding, publishing in high impact journals, and attaining a national reputation in the field. The University of Connecticut prioritizes scholarship in areas that include health and environmental sustainability. The College and University offer significant opportunity for cross-disciplinary, collaborative scholarship in a number of areas including healthy and active communities, shoreline and community resiliency, storm water management and green infrastructure, sustainable urban environments, landscape ecology, multi-modal transportation, and digital visualization and spatial analysis.


A Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design, Urban Planning, Urban Design or a related field; at least one professional degree in landscape architecture (undergraduate or graduate); excellent oral and written communication skills; a record of scholarly productivity; and proven ability to work in a collegial manner with colleagues and clientele from diverse disciplines and experience. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.


A record of attracting significant extramural funding, and advanced training or experience in the area of scholarly interest.


This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure track position. The successful candidate’s primary academic appointment will be at the Storrs Campus with an opportunity to support the UConn Hartford Campus Urban Design Initiative. Salary and faculty rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Submission must include (1) your curriculum vitae; (2) graduate transcripts (not necessarily official copies); (3) teaching portfolio including studio work from your students (if applicable); (4) scholarship documentation to include: graphic portfolio of your design/planning work and/or samples of written documents (5) names and contact information of three references; (6) a letter of interest that includes your vision and programmatic objectives; (7) commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research, and applying effective pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles).

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received no later than March 29, 2019.

Direct inquiries to: Peter Miniutti, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Program Coordinator (peter.miniutti@uconn.edu).

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search 2019397)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

APPLY HERE: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/13403/apply

Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture: an overview

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With its current emphasis on the interconnected elements of plant, people and environment coupled with community health, sustainability and resilience, the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) is a green and lively place for teaching, research and outreach.

Teaching shines

“The experienced, accomplished teachers are one of our bright spots in the department,” said Department Head and Professor Richard McAvoy. Faculty abilities are evident in the high marks students consistently give them on the Student Evaluation of Teaching forms. PSLA teachers have also won individual college, university, regional and national teaching awards.

The department is excited to have recently recruited two new faculty members in the landscape architecture (LA) program. The newest faculty, Sungmin Lee and Sohyun Park, work on community planning and design projects to promote healthy lifestyles and improve environmental sustainability. In total, the department has 24 tenure-track and non-tenure-track professionals who contribute to its teaching, research or outreach educational missions.

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Landscape alumni put their interests to work

Dan Colbeck

Recently ranked as one of the 10 Best Landscape Architecture Programs for 2018, CAHNR’s landscape architecture course also prepares many for successful careers. 

Dan Colbeck, who graduated from LA in 2002, was one of those undergraduates with diverse proclivities. He said, “I wanted a career that allowed both my artistic and my technical math sides to come out.” Currently, Colbeck is a principal with a 12-person firm, Pamela Burton & Company in Santa Monica, California. From his ten years of experience with that company, he observes that the combination of art and science is essential in real life commercial, institutional and residential settings.

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Congratulations Graduate Student Tao Wu!

Tao Wu and Kristin Schwab received the CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture) Fellows Award of Excellence for the poster research presentation they gave at this past week’s annual meeting at Virginia Tech. The CELA is an organization “comprised of over 120 institutions and individuals who have interest in the preparation of landscape architects for global practice.”  Wu and Schwab’s poster were selected out of over 40 other competitors and awarded a $500 prize.

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Archives: PSLA in News

Memorial award honors alumnus and provides professional experience for landscape architecture students

Welch works with Matt Cosma '15 (LA), landscape designer at S/L/A/M

Tristan Welch, a senior majoring in landscape architecture in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, is the first recipient of the Kyle C. Slocum Memorial Award. The award grants an internship with the largest integrated design firm in the state, The S/L/A/M Collaborative, located in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

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UConn landscape architecture students recognized in Keney Park design competition

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The challenge to landscape architecture and design students was this: create more beautiful and welcoming entrances to Hartford’s Keney Park. The winners were announced Thursday, April 30, at a ceremony at the Hartford Public Library, where all the entries will be on display at the Hartford History Center until August 15. Mayor Pedro Segarra saluted the winners in his remarks, noting that Keney Park was his favorite of Hartford’s many parks.

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Congratulations ASLA Student Award Winners!

Congratulations ASLA Student Award Winners! Seniors selected to vie for the annual awards program prepared presentations that showcased their progress through the professional curriculum in early May. The faculty jury named the following award winners: ASLA Honor Awards: Ian Didow & Nick Flachsbart; ASLA Merit Awards: Ryan King & Joe Aveni; UConn Honorable Mention Awards: Brian Chmura, John Jerman & Greg Parisi.

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