Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Job description

Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Job no: 637271
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: School Of Planning,Des&construction-Css 10038116
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Tenure System Faculty, Engineers/Architects, Non-Union
Position Summary

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design, and Construction (SPDC) seeks a tenure system Assistant Professor for the Urban and Regional Planning Program.

Qualified candidates for this tenure system position will have expertise in two or more of the following areas of research: real estate development, social equity, and environmental sustainability. Expertise in the intersection between real estate development, social equity, and environmental sustainability that promotes equitable development is desired. Candidates that employ big data and empirical approaches to the study of environmental planning and sustainable real estate development, demonstrate experience with research on resilient development practices, and understand their impacts on shrinking communities (Midwest focus) are strongly encouraged to apply. Preferred candidates will demonstrate a clear commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion in the theory and practice of sustainable development.

This is a tenure system, academic (9-month) appointment. Duties will be 45% Teaching, 45% Research and 10% Service.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Urban & Regional Planning or related field

Minimum Requirements

A degree in Urban Planning from an Accredited Planning Program is required. A Ph.D. is required. Candidates must have their Ph.D. by the date of hire. Demonstrated teaching experience and a willingness to teach across the Planning Curriculum; interest in incorporating multicultural perspectives into teaching and research; highly productive research experience; fluent written and spoken English; and excellent public speaking ability are needed.

Desired Qualifications

A Ph.D. in urban planning is desired. Consideration will be given to a Ph.D. in an allied discipline. Practical experience is desired. AICP credential preferred.

Required Application Materials

All candidates for the position (posting # 637271) must apply online at Qualified applicants should submit a) current resume/CV; b) a cover letter describing your teaching and research experience and philosophical approaches related to community development; c) a diversity and inclusion statement (a statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance MSU’s commitment to inclusive excellence); and d) names and contact information for three academic references (letters are not initially required, but these individuals will be approached for letters before the final interviews).

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on October 1st, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment will commence in Spring or Fall 2021. Contact for administrative inquiries: Mary Beth Graebert, email: [email protected] For position-related questions, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Zenia Kotval, email: [email protected]

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Department Statement

The Urban and Regional Planning Program was established in 1946, the Program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) since 1987. We offer a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (BSURP), a Master of Urban and Regional planning (MURP) and a Ph.D. in Planning, Design and Construction. The overall vision/mission of the Urban & Regional Planning (URP) Program is to create a sustainable built and natural environment that enriches communities through leadership, entrepreneurial creativity, social responsibility and environmentally sustainable planning and policy. Toward that end, the URP program strives to offer exemplary teaching in the programs offered, relevant and timely research, and foster a sense of community among faculty, students, alumni, staff and other stakeholders. For more information, please refer to our website at:

The School of Planning, Design, and Construction unites four academic programs related to the built environment: Construction Management, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning, with 43 faculty and academic specialists, and 8 staff members. The School offers 8 degree pathways from Bachelors to Ph.D. – including 5 professionally accredited degrees with over 350 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. The School is jointly administered by the Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Social Science.

The mission of the School is to advance the knowledge, prepare innovative leaders, and support the practice of planning, design, and construction. Our academic activities address sustainability, health, transportation, economic development and communities. Please refer to the School’s homepage available at:

The School is committed to achieving excellence by nurturing an inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. We are particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

Michigan State University enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Feb 28, 2020 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 27, 2022 Eastern Standard Time




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