Assistant/Associate/Full Professor-Urban and Regional Planning

Denver, CO
Mar 10, 2018
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado - College of Architecture and Planning

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Urban and Regional Planning

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) is seeking a full-time Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor with an intended start date of Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. We seek a colleague who shares our deep commitment to advancing equity and justice and enhancing quality of life through research, teaching, and service that helps shape policy and support positive change in underserved communities.

Candidates at the Associate and Full Professor levels must demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and scholarship, including publication and fundraising, while candidates at the Assistant Professor level must demonstrate potential for the same. Preference will be given to applicants whose research and teaching address one or more of the following areas: economic development, housing and community development, land use policy and governance, physical planning, real estate development, planning for public health, transportation and infrastructure planning, and/or urban design.

CU Denver is located in a fast-growing and dynamic metropolitan region and houses the only urban planning program in the state of Colorado. As such, ideal candidates should be willing to engage with issues relevant to our neighborhoods, towns, cities, state, and/or the Mountain West through their teaching, research, and/or service (see CU Denver Strategic Priority #3).

We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment in our department and college, and preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated commitment to inclusion (see CU Denver Strategic Priority #4). Given the university's mission and student body composition, we are especially interested in qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings or who have a record of teaching, research, and mentoring that supports and benefits diverse communities.

About Urban and Regional Planning

Established in 1971, the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (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 is organized around three major focus areas: Healthy Communities, Urban Revitalization, and Regional Sustainability.

Located in the vibrant heart of downtown Denver and just minutes from the Rocky Mountains, the MURP program provides an ideal setting to learn from the region's successes and challenges. The program is led by a core team of full-time professors who, along with adjunct faculty comprised of some of the nation's top professionals including two of Denver's former planning directors, provide students with experience engaging with communities on class projects, studios, internships, capstone and thesis projects, and research assistantships. We leverage our faculty's extensive expertise and our state-of-the-art facilities to provide students with intensive instruction in tools for visualization, mapping, graphics, and modeling, and offer a popular certificate in geospatial technologies. Well-established dual degree offerings combine the MURP with the JD (CU Boulder), MPH (Anschutz Medical Campus), MPA, MBA, MLA and MArch.

The College of Architecture and Planning and University of Colorado Denver

In addition to the MURP, the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) offers a BS in Architecture and professional Master's degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Urban Design, and a PhD in Design and Planning. CAP also maintains several partnerships with universities in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and houses four research centers: the Colorado Center for Community Development, the Center of Preservation Research, the Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture, and the Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism. For more information visit:

CU Denver is a 17,000+ student campus in the heart of downtown Denver with a diverse student body; 57% of first-year students are people of color. Together with the Anschutz Medical Campus, CU Denver is the #1 research university in Colorado, attracting more than $375 million in research funding annually. The concentration of planning firms, private foundations, state and federal laboratories and agencies (e.g. USGS, BLM, NPS, NREL, NCAR, and NIST) along Colorado's Front Range affords a wealth of research and learning opportunities for faculty and students alike.

Job Responsibilities

CAP faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. The standard teaching load is two courses per semester. Faculty members may teach core courses in the MURP program and elective courses in their specialty area as well as courses in other CAP departments and programs, if appropriate. We also expect this faculty member to participate actively in CAP's PhD Program and research centers. Faculty hired at a senior level may have leadership opportunities within the department, college, or research centers.


Minimum Qualifications

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

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

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.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Application Materials Required:Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 12873 When applying applications must include: 1) Curriculum Vitae. 2) Letter of interest including statement of research, teaching, and service goals and achievements. 3) Names and contact information for three references. The first stage of selection will be based on applicants' CVs and letters of interest. References will be contacted for those candidates who pass the initial screening. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on March 31, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the application submission process should be directed to John Semple ( and substantive questions should be addressed to Search Committee Chair Jeremy Nmeth (

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30177 - CAP-Urban and Regional Planning

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 9, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: John Semple

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00629615


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