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University at Albany, State University of New York, Assistant Professor of Planning (Tenure-Track)

Reference: JOB36827
Application deadline: 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours 18 minutes

State University of New York
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Geography and Planning


The Department of Geography and Planning at the University at Albany, SUNY, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Desired areas of specialization include: neighborhood and community development; community-oriented urban design; environmental planning; planning law; and/or housing policy.  Proficiency in applied GIS related to one’s specialization is a definite plus.  Duties include teaching graduate courses in area of specialization, supervising internships and Master’s research papers, and teaching other courses which contribute to the Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning and to the Undergraduate Major in Urban Studies and Planning. 

Qualifications: Candidates should hold at least one academic degree in Planning and must have a Ph.D. in Planning or a closely related discipline from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization.

Applicants should have a strong working knowledge of contemporary U.S. planning practice, a commitment to research and publication on planning-related topics, and expertise in neighborhood and community development; community-oriented urban design; housing policy and/or environmental planning; and/or legal and institutional aspects of planning.  Demonstrated maintenance of an active scholarly research program is essential.

Applicants need to be able to teach both at the graduate and undergraduate level, although course assignments will be primarily at the graduate level. 

Applicants must address in their applications their ability to work with and instruct a culturally diverse population.  The University at Albany is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, Immigration Reform and Control Act and Americans with Disabilities employer.  Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.

Please apply online via

Review of applications will begin November 17th, but position will remain open until filled.

About the Department of Geography and Planning: The Department has a Master’s Program (MRP) in Urban and Regional Planning, with over 50 students actively enrolled in courses.  The Program is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board and has a strong record of studio projects, planning job placement and the ability to professionally liaise in the surrounding region.  In addition, the Department has undergraduate majors in Geography and Globalization Studies as well as an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and Planning, and a Master’s (MA) in Geography.  The Department also has undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS), a graduate certificate in Urban Policy, and a GIS track within the Ph.D. program in Information Science.  The Department is also in the process of establishing a new Master’s of Science in GIS.

About the University at Albany: Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.  Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Occidental College, Associate/Full Professor, Economy and Environmental Sustainability

Reference: JOB36826
Application deadline: 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours 18 minutes

Associate/Full Professor Green, Economy and Environmental Sustainability
Urban and Environmental Policy Department
Occidental College
Los Angeles, California
September 2014

The Urban & Environmental Policy Department at Occidental College invites applications for a senior scholar at the associate or full professor level. The position includes an appointment with tenure. The position will begin in the fall of 2015.

We invite candidates from a range of disciplines, including urban planning, economics, sociology, political science, environmental studies, geography, law, public health, and others. Candidates are expected to hold the Ph.D. degree or terminal degree in their field and have a significant track record of successful research, publication, grant-funded projects, and teaching.  We are also open to considering non-traditional candidates with extensive professional and community experience with demonstrated research and teaching but who may not have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree.

As an interdisciplinary department in an urban liberal arts college located in Los Angeles, we are interested in candidates who understand problems such as global climate change as deeply linked with increased inequality and how these stresses exacerbate existing social, economic, and political divisions. Policymakers at local, state, national and international levels face the challenge of developing policies that address existing inequities while simultaneously ensuring a long-term approach to the environmental and economic sustainability that has equity and democratic governance at its core. We want to attract a teacher-scholar who can help students understand the global aspects of our economic and environmental problems and also understand how addressing these problems involves practical solutions at the community, local, state, national, and global levels. At all these levels, the inter-related issues of jobs, community development, the built environment, and natural resources (water, oil, etc) come into play. Central to these concerns is how to create jobs that improve the standard of living without exacerbating environmental harm. “Green economy” and “green jobs” are the concepts typically used that seek to address these concerns. How to develop the built environment – including the location of jobs, housing, and transportation – that can reduce energy use and the negative impacts on the environment and public health are also connected to these concerns.

The ideal candidate will be one who can connect the global and the local and  expand our community-based learning and research opportunities for students through courses and conduct research related to the built environment, food systems, green jobs and sustainable development, poverty and labor issues, climate justice, and progressive regional and/or community economic development. We are particularly interested in senior candidates who can help us build our department’s focus on making cities more livable, democratic, and just.     

Our new colleague will be expected to teach four courses a year. We are open to our new colleague creating new courses as well as teaching (and revising) some of our existing courses, such as the intro-level Environment and Society (UEP 101), UEP 301 (Urban Policy and Politics), and our two-semester senior comps courses (UEP 410 and 411) in which students undertake a year-long applied research project, often with a community “client” or partner.  There are opportunities for team-teaching with faculty within our department and in other Occidental departments.  Although we expect our new colleague to develop his/her own courses, we are interested in candidates who can teach some combination of the following elective courses in our department:  Community Economic Development, Workforce and Employment Policy, Urban Political Economy, Poverty and Labor, Sustainable/Green Development, Food and Natural Resources, Urbanization and Natural Resources, Climate Adaptability and Resilient Cities, and the Built Environment and Urban Design.

Our new colleague will help further the college’s goals related to urban and community engagement. We pride ourselves on giving our students lots of opportunities for experiential learning and internships. Our department has helped lead efforts on campus, along with the Center for Community Based Learning, to link the college’s academic program with community involvement, including expanding community internships and community-oriented research projects for our students..  Our faculty and students also work with our applied research center, the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI). UEPI has a staff of nine researchers and advocates who conduct social justice research and administer programs that advance its social change mission. It has become an institutional hub for many community engagement initiatives on campus, in Los Angeles, and nationally.

The successful candidate would join a strong department with four full-time faculty members as well as affiliated faculty in other departments and practitioners who serve as adjunct faculty who teach a variety of applied courses.  The UEP Department has approval to conduct another search, for a candidate at the assistant professor level, in 2015-2016 to begin teaching in Fall 2016. Our new senior colleague will play a role in this search. You can find a description of our department and its existing courses in our catalog at this link:­environmental-policy.

We seek candidates who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching, research and/or service. US News has consistently ranked Occidental as one of the liberal arts colleges most committed to diversity. We rank near the top of very selective liberal arts colleges in terms of the proportion of students with Pell Grants. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service. 

Occidental College is an equal opportunity employer. The College is committed to academic excellence in a diverse community and supporting interdisciplinary and multicultural academic programs that provide a gifted and diverse group of students with an educational experience that prepares them for leadership in a pluralistic world.  Underrepresented minorities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply.

Submission of Applications

Applicants should submit in electronic form a letter of interest that demonstrates a commitment to academic excellence in a diverse liberal arts environment.  That letter should include a statement of teaching philosophy, areas of teaching interest, plans for research, and a statement about how the candidate will support and enhance the College’s goal of building a diverse educational environment for all students; a curriculum vitae; samples of scholarly work; evaluations of undergraduate teaching or other evidence of teaching effectiveness; names of three references. Please submit these materials to Ms. Sylvia Chico, Search Committee Coordinator, Urban & Environmental Policy Department, Inquiries about the position can be directed to the search chair, Prof. Peter Dreier:

All materials are due by 5:00 on Friday, November 14, 2014. We will contact finalists in January to schedule interviews on campus during February 2015.

The Georgia Institute of Technology, Frederick Law Olmsted Chair in the School of Civil Environmental Engineering

Reference: JOB36824
Application deadline: 5 weeks 4 days 8 hours 18 minutes

Frederick Law Olmsted Chair In Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology invites outstanding applicants to fill an endowed chair position, the Frederick Law Olmsted Chair in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Atlanta, GA.  The School seeks individuals who demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, and service and have strong records of leadership in the profession. The ideal candidate will teach and lead research in the general area of sustainable urban infrastructure systems, with a research focus that is at the intersection of civil & environmental engineering systems and urban ecology, urban design, public health, public space, and policy.

Generally regarded as the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted integrated civil & environmental engineering, community building and natural systems to create treasured examples of multi-purpose park systems and infrastructure in 24 states and the District of Columbia, including Central Park and Ocean Parkway in New York City, the Emerald Necklace in Boston, the Riverside Community in Illinois, and Druid Hills in Atlanta.  This endowed chair has been created to inspire future generations of transformational civil and environmental engineers with the concepts pioneered and developed by the legendary landscape architect.

Candidates must intend to work in interdisciplinary areas that address critical local, national, and global challenges and contribute to the strategic research directions of the School, College, and Institute.  It is expected that the candidate would have a courtesy appointment in multiple departments and/or colleges at Georgia Tech.

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering has vibrant programs in Construction Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering/Mechanics/Materials, and Transportation Engineering. In both Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering, the School’s undergraduate programs are ranked 3rd nationally, and the graduate programs are ranked 5th and 4th, respectively. The School currently has approximately 750 undergraduate and 400 graduate students, and 54 full time tenure track faculty.

Applications will be given maximum consideration if received by December 1, 2014. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. While the expectation is for this to be a tenured, full-time, nine-month appointment at the rank of Full Professor, candidates with an innovative professional and practice-oriented background are invited to apply at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor-of-the-Practice. All candidates must hold a Doctorate in civil or environmental engineering or other related field.  Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating research and teaching interests and a brief statement on how they would make use of the support from the endowed funds; a curriculum vitae; up to three samples of recent work; and contact information for five references to: 
Olmsted Search Committee Chair
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
790 Atlantic Drive
Atlanta, GA 30332-0355

The School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is situated at the heart of the Georgia Institute of Technology campus, in Midtown Atlanta, and benefits from its association with a vibrant, global metropolis.  Georgia Tech, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from women and members of traditionally under-represented minority groups. For more information regarding the Olmsted Chair, please visit  For more information regarding the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, please visit


California State University, Northridge, Full-Time Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Reference: JOB36823
Application deadline: 1 week 2 days 6 hours 18 minutes

California State University, Northridge, Assistant Professor (Full-Time)

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning is now accepting applications for a full-time tenure track position effective Fall 2015.  Teaching responsibilities will range from introductory courses to upper division courses.  Application screening will begin on 31 October 2014.  Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline. Detailed position announcements can be found on our employment web page at .

Inquiries and applications should be addressed to:
Faculty Search Committee Chair ( )
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
California State University Northridge
Los Angeles, CA 91330-8259

Michigan State University, Native American Institute, Associate Professor/Professor and Director

Reference: JOB36822
Application deadline: 7 weeks 4 days 10 hours 18 minutes

Position Announcement—National Search

POSITION:  Associate Professor/Professor and Director
START DATE: On or about January 1, 2015 or as soon as a suitable candidate is selected
APPOINTMENT: Full-time (12 month): Tenure Position—Director duties for 5 years with the possibility of renewal.  Additional duties of the faculty member selected will be devoted to work in what will become the director’s tenure academic department or school.
QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in urban and regional development or related field.  Academic record must be commensurate with tenure appointment.  Candidate must be an effective and dynamic leader who will foster excellence in engagement and research connecting the resources of Michigan State University with tribal communities in Michigan. Successful candidate will have community leadership experience and outstanding administrative, management, and interpersonal skills.

Candidate must also possess:

  • Experience working with Great Lakes/Michigan Native American communities
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and cultural competence in, Great Lakes/Michigan Native American culture and traditions
  • Demonstrated commitment to research on Native American community issues and the development of Native American scholars and researchers
  • Demonstrated ability to engage tribal and urban communities
  • Experience in and ability to engage faculty and students in research and campus-community partnerships, and
  • A record of publication and grantsmanship on Native American issues


BACKGROUND: The Native American Institute (NAI) works with tribes, Native American organizations, and various Michigan State University units to enhance the sovereignty, cultural continuity, and well-being of tribes, Native American communities, and Native American people. Located in MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, NAI undertakes outreach and engagement scholarship.  NAI works across units in the College and the University.  Of special note is NAI’s close working relationship with MSU Extension (MSUE).  NAI and MSUE jointly administer two tribally-focused MSU Extension programs. NAI is undergoing a reorganization of purpose, approach, and strategy to best assist Michigan’s Native American population.  The Director will provide leadership for this effort in concert with Native American communities and university stakeholders, thereby carrying NAI into its next phase of vibrant community engagement.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director will be responsible for all aspects of leading and managing NAI.  Specific responsibilities include:  managing NAI faculty and academic staff; coordinating program planning efforts in partnership with community members and the NAI Advisory Group; co-directing the Building Strong Sovereign Nations tribal governance training program undertaken collaboratively with MSU Extension and the Indigenous Law and Policy Center; co-directing the Michigan Federally-recognized Tribes Extension Program with MSU Extension; nurturing new scholarly initiatives tied to NAI’s outreach and research-oriented mission; generating external funding; and building productive collaborations across the university.  The Director will hire and conduct academic staff evaluations; manage NAI resources and its budget; promote program excellence; ensure program accountability; and network with a variety of related units and constituencies, on- and off-campus.

APPLICATION: Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014.  Late submissions will be considered if a suitable candidate pool is not identified by the review of application date.  MSU is an affirmative action equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations from women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.  Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations.  For more information about the Native American Institute, please visit our website at  Required applicant documents:  cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and full contact information for four references.  In the application letter, please address fit to position qualifications and responsibilities, and describe your vision for NAI.  Apply for Posting # 9891 at

For questions, contact
Dr. Scott G. Witter, Professor and Director
School of Planning, Design and Construction, 517-432-6379



University of British Columbia, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Urban Systems and Sustainable Infrastructure Planning

Reference: JOB36820
Application deadline: 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours 18 minutes

 Tier II Canada Research Chair in Urban Systems and Sustainable Infrastructure Planning

The School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is seeking an outstanding academic at the Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor level for a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Urban Systems and Sustainable Infrastructure Planning.   The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in applied research in complex adaptive urban systems, infrastructure and smart city planning, and approaches to coping with climate change in urban areas.  Interest or research experience in the rapidly urbanizing countries in Asia would be especially welcome.  Demonstrated capacity for bridging the fields of engineering, applied social sciences, and the environmental/ecological sciences is sought.  The ideal candidate should also be able to address such planning issues as local governance, the regulation of public infrastructure, community engagement and public policy.  

Applicants must have a PhD in planning or related discipline in addition to several years of research and teaching experience, and a substantial track record of relevant research publications.  An undergraduate and/or graduate degree in engineering or one of the sciences is required in order to be eligible for eventual Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) funding.    SCARP ( ) is a fully accredited (Canada and USA) graduate planning program within the Faculty of Applied Science. The School’s explicit pedagogical mission is to advance the transition to sustainability through excellence in integrated policy and planning research, professional education, and community service. Sustainability is understood broadly to encompass social, economic, cultural and environmental dimensions, and the School’s teaching and research orientation places emphasis on the development of participatory, community-oriented planning methods.  The successful candidate will be expected to play a major role in the new professional SCARP Master’s program.   In addition, the candidate can also expect to teach in the proposed Masters of Engineering in Urban Systems program to be offered in the Faculty of Applied Science. 

A Tier II CRC is expected to: 

* be an excellent emerging world-class researcher who has demonstrated particular research creativity;

* have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in the next five to ten years; 

* propose an original, innovative research program of high quality; and 

* have the potential to attract excellent trainees, students and future researchers.  

Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a short summary of the applicant’s research plans and the names, rank and addresses of three references.  Applications should be submitted online at The closing date for applications is November 7, 2014.   The anticipated start date is July 1, 2015.

The Canadian Research Chairs Program ( was established by the Canadian Federal Government to attract outstanding researchers to the Canadian university system.  The Tier II Chair is for emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as have the potential to lead in their field.  The Tier II Chairs are tenable for five years and are renewable for a further five years upon review by national and international peers.  To be eligible, candidates must have a completed a doctoral degree within the last 10 years.  The successful applicant will be nominated by the University for a Canada Research Chair and, is subject to review by the CRC Secretariat.  

The University of British Columbia is one of the world’s best universities known for its academic excellence, top caliber students, and an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning.  

The Faculty of Applied Science shares the University’s commitment to research excellence, and in addition to SCARP, it houses the School of Nursing, the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and all engineering activities at the Vancouver campus and the UBC Okanagan School of Nursing.  

Applicants to faculty positions at UBC Applied Science are asked to complete an equity survey at Your participation is voluntary and anonymous. The information will not be used to determine eligibility for employment. The answers will be collated to provide data that can assist us in understanding the diversity of our applicant pool and identifying potential barriers to the employment of designated equity group members. This survey takes only a minute to complete. You may self-identify in one or more of the designated equity groups. You may decline to identify in any or all of the questions by choosing “not disclosed.” 

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity.  All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.  We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations, and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge of engage productively with diverse communities.