The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) is pleased to invite applications for a full-time (10-month appointment, 60% teaching, 20% research, and 20% administration as Landscape Architecture Program Director), tenured faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor. The position is available immediately and will start no later than August 23, 2022.

If interested, please see qualifications and apply online to Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/20309.

Please note that the evaluation of applicants will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received no later than November 21, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Mariana Fragomeni (mariana.fragomeni@uconn.edu).

Dr. Park leads a national-level survey on Sustainability, Sustainable Landscape Metrics, and SITES.

A multi-institutional research team, led by Dr. Sohyun Park, has launched a national-level online survey to seek to understand landscape architecture professionals’ knowledge, interest, and participation in sustainable landscape design and metrics.

For more information, see the ASLA’s LAND article at the following link: https://www.asla.org/land/LandArticle.aspx?id=59636.

To participate in the survey, click here: https://ttucasnr.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zwCOLK7JTRHsjA

Dr. Fragomeni presents on Changes to Land Surface Temperature and Land Cover in Fairfield and New Haven Counties

On Monday, June 21, Dr. Mariana Fragomeni presented the recent findings of her research on how different types of land cover affect surface temperatures in Fairfield and New Haven counties in a Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) webinar. This project is part of the Resilient Connecticut project, which included graduate student and adjunct professor Tracey Miller and undergraduate student Katherine Day (BLA class 2022).

For more information on this project, see the following page: Identifying the Change in Heat Vulnerability and Land-use Influence | Resilient Connecticut (uconn.edu)

Webinar presentation: https://youtu.be/sZXkBb33iWY

Featured articles:

CIRCA Webinar Presents Changes to Land Surface Temperature, Land Use in New Haven, Fairfield Counties – UConn Today

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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

LA Critique

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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