Diversely Qualified Faculty Desirable in Design Programs

ASLA's White Paper Promotes Inclusion

Washington , DC —Professional architectural organizations—including the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and others germane to the profession—have signed the American Society of Landscape Architects' white paper, “ Sustaining a Diversely Qualified Faculty in Design Programs.”

ASLA's white paper encourages developing and applying broader measures to assess scholarly contributions in accordance with each faculty members' role in their department. It identifies this approach as inclusive and more desirable in delivering a professional curriculum and in administering an academic program. To contrast, the paper compares an inclusive approach to one that is two-tier, recruiting practitioner-based faculty to non-tenure track appointments and research-based faculty (typically with doctoral degrees) to tenure track appointments.

To cover this discussion, the paper presents three main points:

  • Academic faculty with diverse opportunities and responsibilities for teaching, creative work, scholarship, and service will most likely further multiple institutional missions by representing a broad-range of backgrounds and interests.
  • Academic, professional, and licensing organizations each contribute to the design disciplines and their academic programs.
  • Design programs should require faculty inclusive of practitioners and scholars to tenure and non-tenure track appointments, in which all faculty members remain current in their discipline and active in one of four scholarship forms (discovery, integration, application, and teaching).

Organizations that have signed ASLA's white paper—sent to institutions of higher learning that grant degrees in the design disciplines—hope that the principals represented may be helpful toward sustaining a diversely qualified faculty in design programs. The list of these organizations includes: the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB).

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