Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Melbourne, Australia

  • Full-time, ongoing position
  • Academic Level B or C plus 17% Super
  • Based at the City campus (Melbourne, Australia), but may be required to work and/or be based at other campuses of the University

About the School of Architecture and Urban Design

The School of Architecture and Urban Design at RMIT delivers innovative scholarship in landscape architecture, interior design and architecture. Innovation in learning and teaching is a key strength of the school and is achieved through vertically integrated scholarship and a practice-based, design approach which engages students, staff, practitioners and industry in research-led design projects.

RMIT University and the School of Architecture and urban Design acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University.

We respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past and present.

RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

About the Culture of RMIT

Our Values inspire us, wherever we are in the world, and guide how we live and work together.

Imagination. Agility. Courage. Passion. Impact. Inclusion.

What unites us is our purpose and our values; they are at the heart of who we are, what we stand for, how we make decisions and connect with each other.

Our people make everything at the University possible. We encourage new approaches to work and learning, stimulating change to drive positive impact. RMIT exists to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work. You will be a part of a productive and collaborative team, who values working relationships and outcomes through open and inclusive planning, continuous information sharing and transparent work practices.

About Landscape Architecture at RMIT

The Landscape Architecture discipline at RMIT has a lively tradition of ambitious and experimental design investigation through its studio-focused teaching and design research-led approach. We are currently strengthening our ability to deliver our rich, creative and grounded landscape architectural education by expanding our staff team to augment the current staff profile of designers, researchers and practitioners. The three programs in the discipline area include the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design and the Master of Landscape Architecture (AILA accredited) which focus on design in the medium of landscape, and the Master of Disaster, Design and Development for people wishing to transition into the humanitarian sector.

We are looking for a person to join the team who is creative, critical and ambitious in their approach to landscape architecture and its future evolution as a discipline and profession. We are interested in people who work across conceptual, scalar and disciplinary categories, including exploratory and generative uses of existing and emerging digital technologies.

We invite applications which demonstrate experience and strength in design thinking and studio teaching as well as the capacity to develop and deliver curriculum in areas of individual specialty. The successful applicant will also develop and extend their research into areas of current landscape architectural concern, being engaged in research including design-practice research projects and postgraduate supervision through the Practice Research Symposia (PRS).

RMIT Landscape Architecture has a strong tradition of links with industry through partnered studios, funded research and interdisciplinary projects, so the capacity to develop such connections is particularly valuable. The discipline is developing particular interest in the rapidly-changing greater Melbourne region as a site of landscape investigation with opportunities to draw on and strengthen industry relationships in this context.

The programs also have a commitment to the building and strengthening of relationships with Aboriginal communities, knowledge holders and Traditional Owner groups through the development of cultural awareness and capacity around Indigenous knowledge in Indigenous-led projects.

In order to support this wide-ranging work, we seek a person who can work across different aspects and modes of landscape architectural practice, across discipline boundaries, and at a range of scales, landscape architectural programs and types.

About the role

As the Lecturer, you will contribute to the teaching and research efforts of the School through our discipline and in relation to the field of your expertise. You will carry out teaching activities within undergraduate and Masters programs and be responsible for maintaining and advancing your scholarly, research and/or professional capabilities. This role will see you actively promoting the programs by establishing and maintaining active and scholarly partnerships with academic, industry and professional communities. As the Lecturer, you will be responsible for course coordination and teaching delivery across the programs in the discipline, ensuring alignment with existing pedagogical and delivery structures at the discipline, School and University level.

As the Senior Lecturer, you will be able to make a significant contribution to the teaching and research efforts of the School and the discipline of Landscape Architecture. You will develop, engage in and lead high quality research projects that are aligned with the University’s research focus areas to achieve success in attracting research funding. The role of the Senior Lecturer, will see you being a leader in embedding your research expertise into the life of the School and developing valuable networks across RMIT and with local, national and global, internal and external partners. As the Senior Lecturer you will have responsibility for course coordination and teaching delivery across the programs in the discipline. You may be responsible for program management and alignment with existing pedagogical and delivery structures at the discipline, School and University level.

About you

To be successful for Lecturer - level B position, you will have:

  • Ability to prepare and deliver courses at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in landscape architecture, including online delivery
  • Ability to undertake a course coordination role
  • Capacity to work effectively with and to negotiate sensitively with students especially on issues related to effective learning
  • Emerging track record and recognition for quality research outputs evidenced by publications, development of new research initiatives, competitive research funding, and industry links
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise higher degree by research candidates Ability to build effective networks and generate alternative funding projects through connection with industry and government

To be successful for Senior Lecturer - level C position, you will have:

  • Ability to coordinate large courses and prepare and deliver programs in Landscape Architecture at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, including high quality curriculum and program materials
  • Ability to implement innovative approaches to student-centered learning and quality improvement within and in alignment with existing structures and parameters - Ability to manage a large program or a number of small programs
  • Demonstrated ability to support student issues related to effective learning
  • Emerging nationally-recognised research track record including substantial record of research outputs in high quality outlets
  • Extensive experience in research leadership with the ability to build and develop collaborative research teams and mentor academic staff
  • Extensive experience in supervising higher degree by research candidates to maximise research performance
  • Demonstrated ability to manage an academic program team, supporting scholarly development of less experienced academic staff
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to financial, governance and quality management systems within a university
  • Strong interpersonal and negotiating skills, including the ability to consult with senior executives, external bodies, produce executive reports, negotiate agreed directions, outcomes and targets within a collaborative environment

Qualifications

Mandatory: PhD or equivalent in relevant field.

Preferred: Completion of the Essentials in Tertiary Teaching Practice program or equivalent* (if the appointed candidate does not meet this requirement at time of appointment, they will be supported to complete this as a requirement to fulfil their probation).

Please Note: Appointment to this position is subject to passing a Working with Children Check.

To Apply

Please submit your CV and covering letter addressing your suitability/the Key Selection Criteria for this position by visiting here

Applications close 11:55pm (AEST) Wednesday 7 July 2021.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.

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Senior Lecturer or Lecturer in Landscape Architecture