HWS Cleveland Visiting Fellow

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The Department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota invites applications and nominations for H. W. S. Cleveland Visiting Fellow.  This position targets emerging designers and scholars in Landscape Architecture.  This opportunity seeks to foster a teaching experience for candidates who have demonstrated interests at the intersection of the advancement of landscape architecture in  academics and in the profession.  Through this position, we aim to draw an energetic, inquisitive visiting faculty member who brings innovative approaches to Landscape Architecture across systems and scales. We seek highly motivated, early-career individuals who wish to cultivate a mastery of design teaching through studio, lecture and workshop courses.  We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation.

The H. W. S. Cleveland fellow will be a person who has demonstrated excellence in and can effectively teach two or more of the following areas of Landscape Architecture: design studio, construction/implementation, design representation (analog and digital), history/theory, landscape ecology, sustainability/resilience, or publicly engaged design.  It is expected that the teaching assignments will be a mix of both undergraduate and graduate program levels. In addition, the Visiting Fellow will mentor students, contribute to the ongoing development of the Landscape Architecture curriculum, participate in department committees and college committees where appropriate, participate in project reviews, maintain a relationship with the local landscape architecture professional community, and contribute to and support the University’s mission of the land-grant institution. (http://landgrant150.umn.edu/)

Located within the College of Design, the Department sits at the academic hub of vibrant professional and multidisciplinary research communities across the University.  Well known for its high quality of life, the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area offers cultural excellence in its museums and theaters, an exceptional parks system, and access to a well-regarded health care system. A powerful base of community action resides in the state’s non-governmental organizations, especially foundations that support innovation as well as environmental and social action.  This fellowship is named for H.W.S. Cleveland, a visionary 19th Century Landscape Architect who devised the extensive parks systems that thread through the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Position:  The position is a 100%-time, nine-month, Professional and Administrative (P & A) appointment at the level of Teaching Specialist.  The term is for one 9-month academic year appointment, renewable for one additional 9-month appointment in the successive academic year.  Renewal for a second term is contingent upon performance, funding and the needs of the Department.  The maximum term is two successive 9-month appointments.  Salary range begins at $48,500 and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The expected start date is August 26, 2019.  The fellow is expected to teach four courses over the academic year within the Department’s programs, including design studio(s), lecture and/or workshop courses.  The fellow may also deliver a College lecture and/or an exhibition on their research interests/creative work.




  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with master’s degree in a related field or Master of Landscape Architecture degree (or the international equivalent) by start date
  • Effective verbal and written communication and presentation skills.
  • A half year to one year of teaching experience (at a college level).
  • Demonstrated potential to develop and teach design studio and other core and elective courses at undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds and communities.
  • Evidence of attention to cultural diversity in teaching and/or professional experience, and the commitment to support the University’s equity and diversity goals.


  • Master of Landscape Architecture degree.
  • Fluency in a 2nd language (e.g. Mandarin, Spanish, etc.).
  • Two to three years of teaching experience.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness in landscape architecture courses at the collegiate level.
  • Relevant professional experience.



Application procedure is online.  Applications must be submitted online at:  https://z.umn.edu/ClevelandFellow-LA. You may also find the opening at http://humanresources.umn.edu/jobs.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions to complete an online application for the position, submitting 1) letter of interest; and (2) curriculum vitae.

To be considered for this position, the following additional documents MUST be attached AFTER application, by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents there:

(3) statement regarding your professional experience and philosophy of teaching; (4) a portfolio of professional or supervised student scholarship / design work (no more than 10 pages); and, (5) contact information for three professional references.

Questions regarding the search process should be directed to Jessica McCann, mccann@umn.edu.  Questions regarding the position description and expectations should be directed to Joseph Favour, favou001@umn.edu.    Review of Applications will begin February 4, 2019. For more information, please visit our web site at:  http://design.umn.edu.



The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting our academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

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