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Assistant/Associate Professor

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University of Colorado – College of Architecture and Planning
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Assistant/Associate Professor -Position #00704669

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds. 

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Denver) is seeking a full-time tenure-track/tenured Assistant/Associate Professor in the area of environmental planning. The intended start date for this position is Fall 2021 with the potential for a Spring 2021 start if requested. 

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 support positive policy, planning, and design change in underserved communities. Ideal applicants should have research and teaching interests in one or more of the following areas:

  • environmental governance
  • environmental justice
  • climate change adaptation
  • disaster resilience
  • urban ecology
  • urban sustainability
About the Department of Urban and Regional Planning 
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning currently operates the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP). Established in 1971 and fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board since 1986, the 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. For more about our program, please see the MURP Student Handbook at http://tinyurl.com/CUMURPHandbook

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 numerous adjunct faculty composed of some of the nation’s top professionals, deliver a curriculum that features community-engaged class projects, studios, capstones, and thesis projects.

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 Juris Doctor (JD; CU Boulder), Master of Applied Geography/Geospatial Sciences (MA-AGGS), Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA), Master of Public Affairs (MPA), Master of Public Health (MPH; Anschutz Medical Campus), and the Master of Science in Historic Preservation (MSHP). The MURP program maintains a very active Alumni Association (MURPAA) with alumni across the globe. 

College of Architecture and Planning
The mission of CAP is to ignite evolution that enriches places for people and the planet. In addition to the MURP, CAP offers a BS in Architecture and professional Master’s degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Urban Design, and a PhD in Geography, Planning, and Design. Led by Dean Nan Ellin, who is also a member of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, CAP maintains several partnerships with universities in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and houses multiple research centers and initiatives including the campus-wide CityCenter, a new approach to community-university partnerships which matches faculty experts and university resources with civic and community leaders to catalyze positive change and develop innovative solutions to the toughest challenges facing the Denver metro area. 

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus
CU Denver is located in a fast-growing, dynamic metropolitan region and houses the only urban and regional planning program in the state of Colorado. As such, ideal candidates should be prepared to “strengthen our position and impact as a vital community asset” by engaging 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 “creating a more cohesive, collaborative, and inclusive culture” see CU Denver Strategic Priority #4).

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a comprehensive urban research university serving more than 18,000 students in metropolitan Denver and online. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of first-year students are people of color. We award nearly 5,000 degrees each year. Our award-winning faculty and renowned researchers offer nearly 150 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. Our campuses currently have over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs at our comprehensive campus in the heart of Denver, we offer a wide array of health-related programs and facilities at our Anschutz Medical Campus. Denver is one of America's most vibrant urban centers and the CU Denver campus, located just steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts, the central business district and the Lower Downtown Historic District (LoDo), affords our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

As the state’s only public, urban, research university, CU Denver is committed to place-based research and engagement, as evidenced by its new Presidential Initiative on Urban and Place-Based Research, a $500,000 seed grant opportunity directed by Professor Austin Troy, Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. University leaders developed this program in order to “strengthen research related to urban development at CU Denver through a transdisciplinary research initiative engaging all schools and colleges with a focus on enhancing life quality for all, now and into the future.”

Job Responsibilities
CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) faculty members engage in teaching, research, and service. The standard teaching load is two courses per semester. Faculty members may teach core courses in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (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 in Geography, Planning, and Design and relevant research centers. Faculty hired at a more senior level may have leadership opportunities within the department, college, or a research center.

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.
University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus 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 checks for all new employees prior to their employment.

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.Benefits: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits.Total Compensation Calculator: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/total-compensationDiversity and Equity:
The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment. Please click here for information on disability accommodations.

QualificationsMinimum Qualifications
Candidates must hold a PhD in urban and regional planning, public policy, environmental sciences, or relevant field, or a JD with research experience.

Preferred Qualifications
Successful candidates should demonstrate potential for, or evidence of, excellence in teaching and scholarship, including publication and external funding, and the commitment to develop innovative, cross-disciplinary research initiatives. Given our mission and our campus's student body composition, we are especially interested in qualified applicants with experience in racially and ethnically diverse settings and/or who have a record of teaching, research, and mentoring that supports and benefits diverse communities. 

*Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Sep 15, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 9/8/2020
Application Due: 11/7/2020
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