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University of Toronto, Mississauga, Assistant/Associate Professor, Urban Social Geography

Reference: JOB36818
Application deadline: 9 weeks 2 days 14 hours 3 minutes

Assistant / Associate Professor – Urban Social Geography – Job #1401328

The Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in Urban Social Geography at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2015.

The Department seeks to hire a candidate with a research and teaching program focused on urban social geography. Specific areas of interest in terms of research focus include geographies of immigration, health, or social inclusion/exclusion within metropolitan settings. Expertise in quantitative methods is considered an asset. Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Geography or a closely related field by the date of appointment or soon thereafter and have a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and research in urban social geography.

In addition to developing a strong research program and engaging in teaching at the University of Toronto, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to be involved with the research and teaching activities of the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a collaborative network involving New York University, the University of Toronto and other international universities and partners ( CUSP is a unique public-private research centre that focuses on research and developing technologies for the critical challenges facing the world’s cities.

The appointment will be at UTM, which has a strong interdisciplinary commitment to teaching and research, a multicultural student body of 12,000 students, and a modern, spacious campus, where the appointee will be expected to develop an externally funded research program. The successful candidate will also hold a graduate faculty appointment in the tri-campus Department of Geography and Program in Planning at the University of Toronto, a department with strengths and interdisciplinary linkages in physical and human geography and the environment. Active participation in the UTM Geography and Environment undergraduate programs, as well as in the graduate program of the Department of Geography and Program in Planning is expected.

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All materials must be received by September 26, 2014 (no email applications will be accepted). Any inquiries about the application should be sent to the Department Chair, Professor Kathi Wilson, at All application materials should be submitted online by visiting, and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including statement of teaching philosophy), a statement outlining current and future research interests and three representative publications. Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS word files in the following format:

1) Letter, CV and research & teaching statements

2) Publications

Applicants should also ask three referees to send letters directly to the Department via email by the closing date. Additional information on the Department can be obtained online at

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, Two Full Time Tenure Track Faculty Positions

Reference: JOB36816
Application deadline: 1 week 5 days 20 hours 3 minutes

The Graduate School of Planning of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus is seeking to fill two (2) full time tenure track faculty positions, beginning in January 2015.

Requirements: PhD in Planning; other doctoral degrees in planning related fields from internationally recognized universities will be considered. All candidates should be bilingual in English and Spanish, and have professional and research experience in one or more of the following areas of expertise: 1) Planning for sustainable development, including long-term comprehensive development and futures studies; 2) Environmental and natural resources planning, including areas related to resource management and policy, sustainability and sustainable communities, urban political ecology, water resources planning, environmental governance, climate change and energy policy; 3) Regional Planning, including infrastructure and sustainable land use planning; and, 4) Social policy planning and programming in one or more of the following sectors: communities, health, social vulnerability and risk, and public welfare.

Responsibilities: Candidates will also take a leadership role in the development of new interdisciplinary doctoral programs, and demonstrate adequate skills in the use of geographic information and other software in the management of social, economic and environmental data. Teaching duties include graduate courses and workshops in their area of expertise, as well as core theory and planning technique courses. Candidates will be expected to conduct research in their area of specialization, seek external funding, and maintain a presence in public policy issues pertaining to the mission of the Graduate School of Planning.

Review of applications will begin on August 4, 2014 and continue until the positions are filled. Applicants should apply by sending a cover letter (including areas of teaching expertise and current or planned academic research), curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, and transcript(s) of all their degrees to:

Dr. Carmen Concepción, Acting Chair
Graduate School of Planning
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
P. O. Box 23354
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-3354.
send a copy to:

The University of Puerto Rico is an equal employment/affirmative action employer. Published in compliance with the University of Puerto Rico by laws as amended Art. 77, Sec. 77, 1980-81.

University of California, Davis, Assistant Specialist in Coopertaive Extension in Public Policy

Reference: JOB36815
Application deadline: 5 weeks 6 days 15 hours 3 minutes

Title: Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension in Public Policy is located in the Department of Human Ecology, University of California, Davis. The position of Specialist in Cooperative Extension (Specialist) is one of providing statewide leadership to University colleagues, public agencies, community-based organizations, youth, consumers, and citizens. The Specialist is expected to provide leadership, facilitate teamwork, develop collaborative relationships with UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) academic colleagues, and ensure appropriate external input into the planning of research and educational programs by the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and UCCE.
Responsibilities: This position will be filled by a social scientist with training in public policy and experience with translational research, the process by which research findings are acquired, interpreted, and used by policy makers and practitioners, and by which the context-specific knowledge of practitioners and policy makers can inform more relevant research. The successful candidate is expected to conduct applied research and outreach in translational research and public policy and to develop an innovative program including four elements:

  • EXTENSION EDUCATION: Provide leadership as liaison between campus-based research, public policy makers, and community based organizations, and serve as a resource person for UCCE county-based academics. Provide training on translational research approaches and strategies.
  • APPLIED RESEARCH:  Provides leadership to plan and coordinate applied research activities related to translational research and public policy. Work with departmental and other research and UCCE academics to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE AND ACTIVITY: Participates in activities of appropriate local, state, and national professional organizations. Reviews research proposals, journal manuscripts, and publications related to area of expertise. 
  • UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE:  Participates in activities of committees within the department, college, or UC Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources. Works with state and federal agencies (regulatory, advisory, etc.), counties, municipalities, and others on issues related to youth, families, and communities. Responds to media inquiries.

Qualifications: The applicant should have a doctoral degree in public policy, political science, public administration, sociology, planning, geography, education, or related fields, along with expertise and experience in linking science with policy processes to inform social change. Desired attributes include substantive policy expertise related to issues of concern to youth, families, and/or communities, and experience with research which translates the concerns of traditionally underrepresented groups.

Appointment date: Applications will be reviewed with the expectation that the appointee will be available for service on or about January 1, 2015.

Applications: Applications should be submitted on-line at ( Inquiries should be directed to Dr. David Campbell, Search Committee Chair, Department of Human Ecology, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA  95616, telephone (530) 754-4328, e-mail: To ensure consideration, applications should be received by September 2, 2014. 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty in Urban Planning

Reference: JOB36813
Application deadline: 10 weeks 11 hours 3 minutes

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) seeks outstanding faculty candidates for multiple positions. We are looking for individuals who can enhance our efforts to improve the quality of life in and resilience of the world’s urban regions through planning, design, and policymaking. We invite applications from individuals engaged in innovative research, teaching and practice, who can contribute to the department in one or more of the following areas:

  • Informal Settlements and Urban Development
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Environmental Policy and Ecological Planning
  • Community and Land Use Planning
  • Spatial Modeling and Urban Analytics  


As a multi-disciplinary department with students from around the world, we welcome candidates from fields such as planning, economics, sociology, law, and ecology; we also encourage applicants with international expertise, including those with knowledge of the Global South.

Initial appointments are expected to be made at pre-tenure ranks, although in exceptional cases we will consider more senior tenured candidates.  Successful applicants will be expected to engage with students from the department’s undergraduate, professional masters (MCP), and doctoral programs.

Basic qualifications include a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree in planning or a related field; a track record of excellence in scholarship and teaching; and a strong interest in working across traditional disciplinary boundaries to solve urban problems.  In rare cases, a record of outstanding practice will be considered in lieu of an appropriate degree or teaching/scholarship; MIT offers a parallel track for associate professor of the practice, which may be more appropriate for practitioner-scholar.

Applications should be submitted through the Interfolio web site at: 

A complete application package includes a cover letter, c.v., statement outlining current and future research and teaching interests; and the names, affiliations, and email addresses of at least three referees. Review of candidates will begin on October 1, 2014, and continue until all positions are filled.

For technical issues, please contact Interfolio staff 877-997-8807 or Other questions can be directed to Sandra Elliott: Please do not send materials by email.

DUSP continues to develop its diverse community of teachers and scholars, and strongly encourages applications from women and members of under-represented groups.