Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Faculty Positions, International Development Planning; app. review begins September 2013

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Reference: JOB36653
Application deadline: CLOSED

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning in the School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, seeks applicants for tenure-track faculty positions in: International Development Planning

The Position: Full-time tenure-track appointments at the assistant or associate professor level, commensurate with the candidates’ qualifications.

Background: The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT has a long tradition of scholarship in international development, marked by deep engagements with specific cities and regions around the world—particularly with planning institutions in each setting. This scholarly tradition is interdisciplinary, heterodox, and socio-spatial. Its central concern is to cultivate knowledge to enhance the capabilities of cities and regions to plan and design socially equitable and ecologically sustainable development, in an increasingly interconnected world. An appreciation of how technological changes can enhance human and organizational capabilities is also a hallmark of DUSP’s intellectual tradition.

Job Description and Qualifications: The Department is seeking to appoint two full-time, tenure-track faculty members, at the rank of assistant or associate professor, to teach and conduct research in international development and planning. The ideal candidates will have conducted research that is empirically grounded in specific geographic and institutional settings in newly industrializing economies, and draw on rigorous assessments of development projects/policies with emphasis on implementation challenges. The candidates should have a scholarly sensibility to engage in team teaching with scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds including urban design, architecture, civil engineering, law and social sciences.

Three substantive areas of research and teaching expertise of particular interest to DUSP are:

  • New forms of city and regional planning, beyond traditional master plans, to integrate previously “informal settlements” in the formal structure and management of cities so as to encourage both environmentally sustainable and economically equitable urban growth.
  • Transcending conventional dichotomy of top down vs. bottom up planning, to enhance the performance and democratic accountability of planning institutions—particularly in the public sector—to better implement development projects and policies.
  • Unconventional approaches to the deployment of technologies in the productive processes, either at the micro and macro level, to generate employment, income and enhance the quality of life of cities and regions.
  • Successful candidates are expected to have a Ph.D. or an advanced professional degree in their field with a track record and evidence of high quality professional and/or scholarly work.

Applicants must send: 1) a letter describing research, teaching, and practice experience – including a short description of subjects you prefer to teach, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) samples of research published either by scholarly journals or developmental agencies, and 4) names and contact information of three references (please provide name, title, address, telephone number, and e-mail).

Please send all materials electronically in pdf format (not to exceed 10MB) to:
attn: Phil Sunde, Assistant to Faculty Search Committee
MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning,
77 Massachusetts Ave., 9-430
Cambridge, MA 02139.

For more information about MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning see:

Review of applications will begin in September 2013 and continue until the positions are filled. The appointments are to begin in the Fall, 2014.

MIT is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or practice and public service. Dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty, MIT strongly encourages applications from women and under-represented groups. MIT is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.