The Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning (TSUSP) invites applicants for a tenure-line position at the assistant or associate level, depending on qualifications. We are seeking candidates whose research and teaching take an historical perspective on cities and urban problems. Candidates should also be able to articulate how their expertise and intellectual commitments complement and enhance our existing strengths. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to, community-based organizations and social movements, urban environmental issues and environmental justice, and race and immigration.
Teaching responsibilities will focus primarily though not exclusively on undergraduate courses, including courses within the School’s Community Development undergraduate degree program. The Community Development program focuses on three areas: urban housing and development, community organizing and social change, and urban environmental issues, all with a strong emphasis on capacity building and citizen engagement. We also support PSU’s innovative, award-winning general education program, University Studies, by offering Freshman and Sophomore Inquiry courses.
In addition to research and teaching, candidates are expected to pursue an active community engagement agenda. We encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates especially those who excel at working cross-culturally or with diverse groups (students and publics). Proven ability to secure external funding is also a plus.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in urban studies, history, urban planning, or a related discipline at the time of application or be able to provide assurance of completion prior to appointment, scheduled to begin September 2014.The review of applications will begin December 1, 2013, and the position will remain open until filled.
Applications must consist of a letter articulating the applicant’s research, teaching and engagement agenda and how these fit the position and the School; a c.v.; three letters of recommendation; and one writing sample. Materials should be submitted electronically on the PSU HR website: https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/11111. We prefer PDF files, and filenames should begin with the applicant’s last name (e.g., Dill_application.pdf). Reference letters sent directly from referees can be sent to TSUSPsearch@pdx.edu. Inquiries (but not materials) can be directed to Professor Jennifer Dill, Search Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning is one of three academic units in the College of Urban and Public Affairs and includes the Center for Urban Studies. We offer six degrees: the B.A./B.S. in Community Development, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Master in Real Estate Development, Master in Urban Studies, and doctorates in Urban Studies and Regional Science, as well as graduate certificates in Transportation, Urban Design and Real Estate Development.
Portland State University, whose motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” is a nationally acclaimed leader in community-based learning. The campus is located along the tree-lined South Park Blocks of d owntown Portland. An urban serving university, PSU enjoys close working relationships with state, regional, and local governments, private consultants, and progressive and innovative community-based groups and has been increasing its international outreach with universities and agencies abroad. The Portland region, the state of Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest have received international recognition for its advances in planning and community livability.
Portland State University supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, employment, housing, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis in law. In keeping with the President’s diversity initiative, we encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates as we recognize that diversity maximizes our potential for creativity, innovation, educational excellence and outstanding service to the community. Web address: www.pdx.edu/USP/