Who Will Teach the Next Generation of Landscape Architects? Ten-Year Review of Academic Position Descriptions in Landscape Architecture in North America
- Landscape Journal: design, planning, and management of the land
- University of Wisconsin Press
- Volume 39, Number 1, 2020
- pp. 55-69
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Who will teach the next generation of landscape architects? It is not very often that we raise this question and study academic position openings in landscape architecture programs as an empirical inquiry for understanding the current state and future direction of landscape architecture. It is critical, however, to question the qualities sought by academia by academics to offer insight into educational, scholarly, and professional trends. The number and content of academic position openings recorded in landscape architecture programs offered an opportunity to conduct a content analysis that is essentially a snapshot of the state of landscape architecture. This research reviews landscape architecture academic position opening descriptions over a 10-year period from 2007 to 2016. It specifically focuses on data classification, content analysis, and synthesis of 314 tenured or tenure-track position descriptions in the United States and Canada. The article reports on the findings on topics such as the robust demands in academic or professional credentials preferred, specialized teaching and research subject areas desired, and the preparation needed to become an academic in landscape architecture. The results reveal increasing expectations in education, research, and professional qualifications and experience, adding to the complexity of being considered for a permanent academic position in landscape architecture. In short, research highlights the complex set of needs for a well-rounded candidate who can equally respond to scholarly aspirations and professional needs in landscape architecture to educate future educators, researchers, scholars, and practitioners.