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Source: Stephanie Rolley, 785-532-5961,
News release prepared by: Diane Potts, 785-532-1090,

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Tim Keane, professor of landscape architecture, has been selected as the 2009-2010 Jarvis Chair of Landscape Architecture in Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

This is the fifth year the $10,000 annual stipend has been awarded to a K-State landscape architecture faculty member.

"Faculty applied for the award by submitting a teaching portfolio, student evaluations, evidence of scholarship and a statement regarding his/her contributions to landscape architecture," said Stephanie Rolley, chair of the department of landscape architecture and regional and community planning. "Three faculty from another university then form a blind jury to evaluate the applications. Tim de Noble, dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design, and Ruth Dyer, K-State's interim provost, approved the selection."

In making its selection, the jury noted the continued development of Keane's expertise in natural systems and his engagement in multidisciplinary teaching and research that broadens the recognition of the landscape architecture program and profession.

Keane has taught courses in the natural resources and environmental sciences secondary major program for the last 13 years. He also has been involved in the landscape architecture capstone design course. Keane is the recipient of multiple teaching awards.

Keane's research deals with stream morphology and process, as well as urban stormwater management. His work has helped to bring more than $2 million in research funding to K-State in the last five years. He also has developed a series of natural systems and fluvial systems courses that provide a depth and breadth of material unusual to landscape architecture programs.

A K-State faculty member since 1984, Keane has a bachelor's in landscape architecture from Iowa State University, and a master's and doctorate, both in landscape architecture, from the University of Michigan.

The Jarvis Chair of Landscape Architecture is funded through a bequeathed endowment established by Mary K. Jarvis, a 1942 graduate who is thought to be the first female to receive a landscape architecture degree from K-State. Interest from the endowment is matched by the state's Faculty of Distinction program and is used to recognize faculty who, in the previous year, made significant contributions in their teaching, scholarship and/or service.