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Assistant Professor of Environmental Design

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Boulder, Colorado





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Job Summary

The Program in Environmental Design (ENVD) is pleased to announce an opening for one full-time tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, with an anticipated start date in Fall 2024. ENVD, located at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU), is an interdisciplinary program that delves into the intersections of architecture, environmental product design, landscape architecture, urban design, city and regional planning, all aimed at addressing some of the world's most pressing social and environmental challenges.

In line with our exploration of these interdisciplinary intersections in the field of Environmental Design, we are particularly interested in candidates with a focus on architectural scholarship and teaching. We are looking for individuals who can effectively connect their expertise in Interdisciplinarity with various subject matters in the realm of environmental design. Candidates should have a record of, or the potential for, nationally and internationally recognized publications, exhibitions, community engagement, or other creative works with significant impact. Ideal candidates should also demonstrate potential in securing research funding.

We are in search of candidates who can bring excellence and innovation to our teaching in studio, lecture, and seminar courses, while also supporting the core curriculum, which encompasses foundational knowledge in Environmental Design disciplines. Additionally, we expect candidates to contribute to ENVD's curriculum by introducing advanced seminars and studio offerings.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

CU Boulder is a leading research university with some of the highest rates of research impact (as measured through funding and dissemination), globally. The region is home to leading research institutes and foundations dedicated to radically progressing society’s imperatives to address social and environmental problems. Faculty at CU have access to, and collaborate with, national and international institutes housed in Boulder, throughout Colorado, and beyond. With a history of social and environmental activism in Boulder and Colorado we operate with a keen awareness of struggles unaddressed and emerging. The spirit of creative and impact-driven dedication to address social and environmental injustices is a hallmark of CU Boulder and a defining aspect of ENVD’s culture. In this context, ENVD is committed to elevating new forms of research in the environmental design fields. 

ENVD is located at the confluence of dynamic social and breathtaking ecological systems. ENVD has been cultivating interdisciplinary thinkers, designers, and planners for over 50 years. We have more than 4,300 alumni. As one of the most in-demand programs on the Boulder campus, we attract accomplished and passionate students. Our interdisciplinary curriculum embraces creativity, critical thinking and practice. Our work spans scales from human scale environmental product design to regional development planning. We provide a rigorous but supportive environment for our students and faculty. We are renowned for graduating environmental designers who integrate knowledge of the built and natural environments in creative and critical ways. We are currently developing a Master’s program in Environmental Design that will expand upon this area of excellence, and we seek new faculty who can contribute to this program.  

We are committed to shaping an equitable future for environmental design professions and scholarships. We aim to uphold and exceed CU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. ENVD holds as imperative the need to develop a thriving faculty body that represents, in identity and commitment, the values and identities of the communities we seek to serve. We acknowledge that ENVD, housed in a predominantly white institution, and in predominantly white and affluent regional communities, stands to perpetuate patterns of exclusion and inequity that are prevalent in higher education. This recognition drives us to pursue leadership more aggressively in establishing an academic unit that models diversity, inclusion, equity, and ultimately, justice. As a growing program, ENVD offers opportunities for leadership roles for more advanced faculty.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Tenure-track faculty at ENVD are expected to maintain an active research agenda and to teach at all levels of the curriculum. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate potential for a high degree of societal and/or environmental impact through the dissemination of their research and creative work at regional and national or international levels. Candidates are also expected to enhance undergraduate scholarly endeavors in addition to training students for careers in professional and emerging fields of praxis.

What You Should Know

  • A typical workload for tenure-track faculty is Research, Teaching and Service. This translates to: Research: An active portfolio of research and creative work as measured by such standards as exhibition, publishing, grants, and awards; Teaching: Teaching four courses per year (12 credits) including a combination of studios (3 to 6 credits), lectures (3 credits) and seminars (3 credits); and Service:  Participation on department committees and in department governance as well as service at the campus and field (nationally and/or internationally) levels.  
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their current and previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

What We Can Offer

  • The positions are 9 months/100% full-time equivalent with a salary range of $85-90K. Startup funding packages are negotiable depending on the needs of the applicant’s research and creative work.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Possess an advanced degree (Master or PhD) in architecture or a related field(s). At least one degree must be in architecture from a NAAB accredited or equivalent program. The candidate must have completed the advanced degree by the start of the appointment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusivity and equity.
  • Have experience teaching architecture design studios at the post-secondary education level.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Experience teaching or potential to teach emerging technologies and/or materials research.
  • Evidence of advancing academic knowledge and/or practice of architecture through research, scholarship, and/or creative activities.
  • Licensed to practice architecture or on the path to licensure in the United States.
  • Record of service on university committees, and/or service to the discipline of architecture and/or professional organizations, and/or community organizations.
  • Record of experience in the coordination of students and faculty in a design studio and/or student advising, student research or student club activities.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials:
  1. Curriculum Vitae indicating the candidate’s relevant experiences such as presentations, publications, grants, awards, professional experience, community and academic service and credentials.
  2. A cover letter describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position. 
    • The cover letter should address your vision and aims for your research and creative work it also should highlight how you address contribution and commitment to equity, justice, diversity, and/or inclusion (two to three pages).
  3. A statement of teaching vision and philosophy (one to two pages).
  4. Three examples of research and creative work (as PDFs). 
  5. A teaching portfolio (include syllabi, student work, teaching, as PDFs Portfolio) with research, creative and/or scholarly works, teaching examples, course evaluations, and any other achievements relevant to the position.
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until January 15th, 2024.

Note:  Application materials will not be accepted via email.  For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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