Landscape Architecture Instructor
Title:Landscape Architecture Instructor

Instructor openings are now available in the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture program.

The UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017, and is approved by the California Landscape Architects Technical Committee. The Program enrolls 60-80 students annually with the mandate of growing the program during the next few years. Our Certificate’s focus is on the practice of landscape architecture and imbuing students with a solid understanding of the relationship between studio and site. The program is a three-year commitment and the students’ design education is both theoretical and practical. Qualified applicants possessing current knowledge and teaching experience as noted below are encouraged to apply. Classes may be online or in person. Classes held in person meet once a week for 11 weeks, evenings typically from 7-10 p.m. Online classes are asynchronous.

Landscape Architecture Instructor responsibilities may include:

  • Teaching courses within the professional curriculum, including design studios, lectures, seminars, and workshops
  • Attendance at quarterly instructor meetings
  • Providing service to the discipline, university, and community
  • Currency in the professional body of knowledge in the field of Landscape Architecture.
  • Assisting in occasional program activities such as portfolio reviews, juries, charrettes, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Professional experience in landscape architecture (or a related field).
  • Expertise in professional practice (including graphics, construction and contract administration), digital design methodologies, plant materials, and design development and implementation at a variety of scales.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills.
  • A current California landscape architect license
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution in landscape architecture, or an Extension Certificate with a Bachelor’s degree.
  • College-level teaching experience in landscape architecture or design preferred.
  • Experience designing curriculum and measuring student performance preferred.
  • Must be committed to the highest level of academic standards and integrity.
  • Proficiency in or willingness to learn the use of instructional technology and online teaching tools, Canvas
  • Active affiliation and participation in relevant professional associations.

General Instructor Duties

  • Develop and/or update course syllabus in consultation with the UCLA Extension Program Director as assigned.
  • Prepare and deliver course materials and learning assessments in assigned format.
  • Utilize Canvas system as a course support platform in in-person courses, and as the delivery platform in online and hybrid courses.
  • Communicate course objectives and specific learning outcomes to students and review the grading policies of the course.
  • Evaluate student achievement of specific learning outcomes and assign grades.
  • Post final student grades to the Instructor Portal in a timely manner no later than 2 weeks after the last class meeting.
  • Respond to student questions and learning needs in a timely manner, usually 24 hours.
  • Communicate with Program Director and Program Manager in a timely manner.
  • Complete required administrative tasks in a timely manner including: completing all new hire paperwork, submitting updated quarterly syllabus, accepting quarterly contract, submitting required textbook orders, and communicating classroom needs.
  • Employ culturally competent teaching methodologies in the classroom inclusive of both domestic and international student populations.
  • Respond to student inquiries about final grades, consult with Program Director as needed.
  • Maintain a record of final grades for up to 13 months following the last class session.

Special Conditions of Employment

Instructor compensation for courses: $57.75/hr (per instructional hour, 4 unit course = 36 instructional hours)

Instructors are hired on a quarterly basis.

Because Extension is a division within UCLA, all Extension Program instructors and courses must be formally approved in accordance with University and California Academic Senate regulations. Eligibility to teach a course is contingent upon formal academic approval. Once approved, teaching assignments are “by agreement.” The Instructor’s Contract outlines course deliverables, the course schedule, and compensation terms, subject to Extension policies and procedures. UCLA Extension makes no commitment to hire an instructor until it has receive an accepted Instructor Contract. Should the course section an instructor plans to teach be cancelled for any reason, the Instructor Contract, including rights to compensation for future section meetings, are void. Remuneration is for classroom hours only and does not include time spent for course preparation or other events.

In an effort to promote and maintain a healthy environment for our students, visitors and employees, UCLA is a smoke-free site. Smoking is prohibited within the boundaries of all UCLA owned, occupied, leased, and associated building and facilities.

The University of California 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, disability, age or protected veteran status.


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