Professor Stephanie A. Rolley, FASLA, AICP, has been selected to head the Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning at Kansas State University.
Rolley, whose appointment is effective June 14, 2009, will succeed Dan Donelin. He is retiring at the end of June and has served as department head since 1995.
A K-State faculty member since 1988, a three-time recipient of the Landscape Architecture Teacher of the Year award, and the department’s Jarvis Chair for 2005-2007 and 2008-2009, Rolley served as associate head and MLA program director for the Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning from 1993-1998. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is currently chair of the ASLA Council on Education.
Other honors include the KSU Student Activities and Services Advisor of the Year, Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture; an Urban Parks National Award from the Landscape Architecture Foundation for the MetroGreen project; a National Award of Distinction from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture; and selection as an Alumni Honoree by the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at K-State.
Her body of work has centered on interdisciplinary teaching through community-based collaborations that advance public recognition of the profession. Rolley leads students working with local residents and decision makers to create community and regional visions for the future and tangible results. Most recently she has developed visualization tools that assist conceptualization of scholarship and mapping design thinking.
Rolley’s professional experience includes urban designer at Carr Lynch Associates from 1986-1988; Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, research staff member and coauthor of Professional Publications during 1985-1986; project manager at Carter and Burgess from 1983-1985; and landscape architect at Rehler, Vaughn, Beaty and Koone from 1982-1983.
She received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1982 from K-State and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987.
In announcing the appointment, Dennis Law, dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design, said, “Stephanie is an excellent and highly respected teacher, as well as an active member of the landscape architecture professional community. I am very excited and pleased that she will become part of our college’s administrative team.”