Visiting Assistant Professor

Denton, TX
Dec 14, 2018
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

System Identification Number:

Posting Origination:

Public Administration (135360)

College of Health and Public Service

Visiting Assistant Professor

Job Summary/Basic Function:
It's a big job. We invite you to join the University of North Texas to build a new bachelor's program in Urban Policy and Planning in one of the largest, fastest growing and dynamic regions in the United States.

The Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas (UNT) invites applications for two positions of Visiting Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2019. This is a two-year contract that is a nine-month appointment at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor for both positions. The department seeks excellent and enthusiastic candidates who will teach in and support the development of the new B.A. in Urban Policy and Planning. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a defined record of scholarly research publications and have the capacity for external research funding. Candidates can expect to have a workload that includes teaching, research and service to the department, the College of Health and Public Service, and the University of North Texas, with a specific emphasis upon assisting our undergraduate coordinator in program development for the new degree.

The Department of Public Administration also houses a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Management, an MPA that is ranked #8 nationally in local government management, a B.A. in Nonprofit Leadership Studies, and several minors and certificates. The department is located within the College of Health and Public Service, which has seven academic departments and several centers, institutes and professional programs. The University of North Texas (UNT) is a Tier One student-focused public research university with approximately 38,000 students, making us one of the 50 largest universities in the United States. UNT is big because we believe in access and opportunity, lifting people up and building stronger communities. Our student population is highly diverse and the university is applying to become a Minority Serving Institution. We are committed to develop and to train the next generation of planners and policy makers that reflect the communities in which they serve.

UNT is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the fourth largest metropolitan region in the country with more than 200 cities. Denton is frequently ranked as one of the best college towns in America. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is one of the fastest growing regions in the country and is expected to add approximately 2 million more people by 2030.

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Minimum Qualifications:
A Ph.D. in planning or a closely related field at the time of appointment is required along with a demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate courses. A demonstrated and a defined research agenda is required along with a record of peer reviewed publications.

If the PhD degree is not in planning, then the applicant must have a Master's degree in urban planning.

A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:
As UNT hires its inaugural urban planning faculty, area of concentration is open. The following research areas are of particular interest: transportation, environmental planning, hazard mitigation, healthy communities, economic development, housing & community development. Faculty are expected to teach across modes including face-to-face, hybrid and online teaching. A demonstrated ability to secure external funding to support research is strongly preferred.

Area of Specialty:

Position Type:

Tenure Status:
Non-Tenure Track

Appointment Basis:
9 Months

Pay Frequency:

Non-Tenured Appointment Term:
2 Years

Closing Date:
Open Until Search Closed

Review of Applications Begins:

Required Applicant Documents:
Curriculum Vita
Cover Letter
List of Names and Contact Information of Five References

Special Instructions to Applicants:
In your cover letter, address how you meet each of the minimum qualifications for the position.
1) a demonstrated ability to teach a variety of urban policy and planning courses at the undergraduate
2) a demonstrated and a defined research agenda
3) a record of peer reviewed publications and plan for securing external funding for research
4) a statement of commitment to diversity and inclusion, including a plan for creating an inclusive learning environment


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