Part-Time Lecturer, Landscape Ecology – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The USC School of Architecture invites applicants for a part-time faculty lecturer position in landscape architecture for the academic year 2024 – 2025. The School seeks a candidate with a strong interest and experience in teaching a seminar course in landscape ecology. This course follows an introduction to regional ecosystems and native plants that provides students with the ability to understand plant communities and the complex conditions that support them. 

The course will be comprised of lectures and field trips to explore ecology in relation to landscapes as ecosystem science and services that apply to the practice of preserving, restoring and designing the built environment. Subject matter will include air quality, soils, hydrology, biodiversity, concepts of landscape ecology, climate and ecosystem change and social factors. Ecological principles will be applied to urban environments via data analysis and development of precedent case studies that address current topics and issues. The course will require periodic off-site travel for field work and field visits.

USC Master of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism Program

We believe that landscapes are the dynamic synthesis of natural systems, socio-cultural forces and the physical material of the constructed world. Our program in Landscape Architecture + Urbanism prepares students to think creatively and expansively. Our curriculum is a synergy of coursework, active research, practice, and lived experience providing graduates with the tools and confidence to take on the challenges of climate change and environmental justice through the design and planning of landscapes across scales—from small sites to towns and cities, ultimately whole regions and our shared planet.  Whether we are exploring the history of indigenous people on Catalina Island or the lack of parks and urban canopy in South Los Angeles, we imagine a future where landscapes and natural systems shape urban spaces, cities, and infrastructures to create more resilient futures—socially and ecologically.

Qualifications: A Bachelor or Master of Landscape Architecture or Ph.D. degree in landscape ecology, urban ecology or related field is required, and a minimum of 5 years of combined professional and teaching experience is preferred. Preference is given to candidates with a proven track record of prior teaching experience in accredited landscape architecture programs at the graduate level.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until filled.

The core salary range for this position is $48 – $66.41 per hour. This is a part time, 30% position. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

Applicants should submit a CV, cover letter, 3-5 references with contact information, and selected research and/or teaching samples (10 MB max).

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