University of Colorado Denver, Three Assistant/Associate Professors, Department of Planning and Design, review begins 11.12.2012

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Reference: JOB36569
Application deadline: CLOSED

The Department of Planning and Design is hiring up to three full-time Assistant or Associate Professors with an intended start date of Fall 2013

The University of Colorado Denver is a 17,000+ student campus in the heart of downtown Denver. Together with the Anschutz Medical Campus, the University is the number one research university in Colorado, attracting more than $375 million in research funding annually. The campus is situated in one of the nation’s most livable cities in one of the nation’s fastest‐growing urban regions. The concentration of planning firms, private foundations, state and federal laboratories and agencies (e.g. USGS, Department of the Interior, BLM, NPS, NREL, NCAR, and NIST) along Colorado’s Front Range affords a wealth of research and learning opportunities for faculty and students alike.

The College of Architecture and Planning offers a BS in Architecture and professional Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Urban Design, as well as a PhD in Design and Planning. The College maintains several major partnerships with universities in Asia and the Middle East and houses three research centers: Colorado Center for Community Development, Center of Preservation Research and Center for Sustainable Urbanism. For more information go to: Well‐established dual degree offerings combine the MURP with the JD (CU Boulder), MPH (Anschutz Medical Campus), MPA, MBA, MLA and MArch.

Established in 1971, the MURP program admits an annual class of around 50 and offers a unique, self-directed curriculum emphasizing hands‐on experiential learning, public engagement and applied research. The program and department are organized around three major initiatives: Healthy Communities, Urban Revitalization and Regional Sustainability. This innovative, issue-oriented approach to planning education is carried through all our research, teaching and service activities.

Position Scope
Our engaged faculty seeks up to three colleagues who can lead teaching, research and outreach efforts in any of our three initiatives. We are particularly interested in faculty whose work helps shape policy and effect positive community change.

Healthy Communities: The link between human health and the built environment is a key factor in planning cities and regions. Colorado is known for its physically fit and active adult population, but our vulnerable populations face significant challenges such as childhood obesity, disconnected neighborhoods, and lack of access to healthy food. Colorado has become a national leader in finding ways to plan and design healthier environments, and our Healthy Communities initiative is part of that effort. We work with partners at the local, state and federal levels, as well as the non-profit, educational and private sectors, to provide students comprehensive and interdisciplinary training in the tools, innovations and policies necessary for creating physically, socially and economically healthy communities. Featured courses include: Community Development, Food Systems, Health and the Built Environment, Social Justice in Planning, Healthy Community Assessments, Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning, and Planning in the Developing World.

Urban Revitalization: After decades of suburbanization, segregated land uses, and automobile-dependent development, the US is now experiencing a resurgence of traditional urbanism and a reorientation toward central cities. Nowhere is that phenomenon more evident than in Denver, where infill and transit-oriented development, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and multi-modal transport have transformed the urban landscape. Our Urban Revitalization initiative gives students opportunities to engage with local developers, planners, designers and policymakers to help revive and enhance established cities, retrofit the suburbs, and plan sustainable new developments. Featured courses include: Community Development, Plan Making, Land Development Regulation, Urban Infrastructure, Transit Planning, Urban Development and Urban Economic Systems.
Regional Sustainability: Climate change, environmental degradation, resource scarcity, and sprawling development present critical challenges to planners worldwide. In the Rocky Mountain West, the impacts are evident in habitat loss, wildfire risk, and conflicts over water and energy resources, among others. At the metropolitan level, Denver and its adjacent communities already serve as a model for regional planning and cooperation, exemplified by the visionary FasTracks transit program. Our Regional Sustainability initiative explores ways that Colorado and its neighbors can tackle these issues together. Our initiative draws on Denver’s success in regional land use, transportation, economic development and resource planning to help students understand how built and natural environments can co-exist more sustainably at various scales. Featured courses include: Environmental Policy and Regulation, Energy and Natural Resource Planning, Transportation and Land Use, Environmental Management, Regional Economic Systems and Small Town and Rural Planning.

Job Responsibilities
Assistant and Associate Professors in the College of Architecture and Planning engage in teaching, research, and service. The standard teaching load is two courses per semester. This faculty member will teach core courses in the MURP program as well as elective courses in their specialty area. In addition, the hire may have the opportunity to teach or co‐teach courses in the architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation and urban design programs.

Required Qualifications
Candidates must hold a PhD in planning or relevant field by the onset of this appointment.

Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be afforded applicants conversant with planning practice or policy development through research or direct involvement. Preference will be given to candidates that present evidence of the potential for teaching excellence and an exemplary record of, or evident potential for, publishing in top peer‐reviewed outlets and obtaining major grants and/or contracts. We also expect this faculty member to participate actively in the College’s PhD Program and contribute to work ongoing in one of the College’s research centers.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is negotiable and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Applications are accepted electronically at We will begin reviewing applications November 12, 2012. The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees prior to employment.

Required Application Materials
When applying at, applicants must include:

1) Curriculum Vitae.
2) Statement addressing career objectives, overview of experience and achievements, approach to teaching, and research goals. Explain how your research, teaching and service will together contribute to one or more of our initiatives. If applicable, note any ways in which your work might address issues relevant to our city and/or region.
3) Names and contact information for three references.

The first stage of selection will be based on applicants’ CV and statements. References will be contacted for those candidates who pass our initial screening. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 12, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the application submission process should be directed to John Semple ( Address substantive questions to Department and Search Committee Chair Jeremy Nemeth (

The University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff.