Kesler elected fellow of Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture

January 14, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Gary Kesler, associate dean for academic affairs and outreach in the College of Arts and Architecture, and associate professor of landscape architecture, has been elected a fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA), one of the highest honors bestowed by the organization. Only five new fellows are elected each year.

According to CELA, the award honors “a faculty member’s lifetime accomplishments in teaching, scholarship/creative activity and/or service. … The accomplishments must add up to excellent endeavor sustained over an extended period of time that is truly inspiring and significant.”

Kesler was nominated by Elen Deming, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he taught for 28 years. “Gary Kesler has committed his entire career to landscape architecture education and service to the profession,” said Deming. “During his 35-year tenure at both Illinois and Penn State, in his own skillful and self-effacing way, Gary has helped to establish a level of trust and cooperation among and between faculty and students that is truly special. He deserves to be recognized and included as a fellow of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.”

Kesler has a long record of service to CELA and to the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), including serving as chairman of the ASLA Council on Education (2004-05) and ASLA vice president for education (2005-07), among other positions. He was appointed as one of three academic members to the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board in 2011 and has been elected to serve as chairman of the board in 2016. He is a fellow of ASLA and received the ASLA President’s Medal in 2007.

During his tenure as associate dean in the College of Arts and Architecture, the role has expanded to include oversight of the eLearning Institute, the bachelor of arts degree in integrative arts and the new college initiative in arts entrepreneurship. In addition, he continues to co-teach, with professor Stuart Echols, the Design Implementation III course in the Department of Landscape Architecture each fall semester.

Kesler will receive the honor at the CELA annual conference in March at Kansas State University.

Last Updated January 15, 2015