Auburn University

Assistant Professor of Environmental Design


The School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (APLA) at Auburn University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Environmental Design (ENVD) program. We seek enthusiastic, creative, and committed candidates willing to contribute to the development and future vision of the ENVD program. Applicants from allied design fields including, but not limited to graphic design, industrial design, architecture, design-build, landscape architecture, and urban design are encouraged to apply. Applicants should be willing to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching, research, and outreach activities.

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture resides in the College of Architecture, Design, and Construction along with the School of Industrial and Graphic Design and the McWhorter School of Building Science. Nested within design and construction disciplines, the Environmental Design program is an interdisciplinary, non-professional degree focusing on the interconnected nature of all design and construction fields. Focus areas in the ENVD curriculum include transdisciplinary design, civic engagement through project-based collaboration, and a focus on the interdependence of systems, artifacts, and deployments in the built environment. Graduates of the ENVD program are nimble and adaptable designers who can evaluate and respond to complex challenges and at the same time, are well prepared to pursue a graduate degree in a number of design and construction-related fields.

The individual hired into this position will be expected to:

1. Teach undergraduate courses within the ENVD curriculum.

2. Develop and maintain a scholarly program in accordance with the mission of the University.

3. Interact with environmental design advisory & curriculum committees and program alumni.

4. Work with student organizations and/or mentor students.

5. Candidates with a strong interest in teaching design and one of the following topic areas are encouraged to apply:

a. History & Theory of Design

b. Object/Product Design

c. Graphic Design

d. Use Experience / User Interface design

e. Transdisciplinary Design

f. Digital applications inclusive of: AR/VR, building technologies, graphic interface design, etc.


The position includes teaching nine credit hours per semester (typically three classes), some of which are hybrid and integrated design studios. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the pedagogy of the ENVD curriculum. Additionally, applicants are expected to continue and/or develop an active program of scholarly and creative work. The School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, research, outreach, and service.

Excellent interpersonal skills are required.

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. It will be based on a nine-month academic year appointment, and there may be an opportunity to participate in Environmental Design studios during summer terms.


Required qualifications include a Master’s Degree from at least one of the allied design fields including, but not limited to: graphic design, industrial design, architecture, design-build, landscape architecture, and urban design at time of employment. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time this position is scheduled to commence and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

Desired qualifications include:

1) evidence of strong verbal and visual communication skills;

2) evidence of potential to be an excellent teacher and effectively relate to ENVD students;

3) evidence of the potential to develop a scholarly agenda.

Applicants must apply online at:

Required submission materials include:

1) a letter of interest outlining the candidate’s pedagogical and research interests;

2) a current curriculum vitae;

3) a print-ready digital portfolio illustrating the candidate’s scholarly/creative work and (where applicable)

examples of work illustrating prior teaching experience;

4) names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references.


Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. For more information contact Ben Farrow:

Auburn University is understanding of family needs of faculty including dual-career couples. Please visit the following website for additional information:


It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.