Assistant Professor: City Planning

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San Diego State University

San Diego State University is the largest university in San Diego and the third largest in California. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of over 36,000 and approximately 5,849 faculty and staff. SDSU is currently designated as a Doctoral / Research-Intensive University by the Carnegie Foundation. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 84 areas, masters in 76 and doctorates in 21. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA)

The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a “laboratory for learning” and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership, and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU and PSFA’s strategic goals, who will sustain excellence in their research, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity.

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School of Public Affairs

The School of Public Affairs in the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts delivers five degree programs: undergraduate degrees in Public Administration and in Criminal Justice, and master degrees in City Planning, Criminal Justice & Criminology, and Public Administration. Our combined enrollment in these five degree programs is over 1,100 students. The School's MCP program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. The School of Public Affairs emphasizes excellence in research, teaching, and service to the community, the University, and the profession. Please see our School of Public Affairs website:

Position Description:

The City Planning program in the School of Public Affairs is seeking a faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor for a Fall 2021 appointment.  The position requires teaching core City Planning courses at the graduate level, and Public Administration at the undergraduate level through different modalities, including face-to-face and online.  While the research and teaching areas are open, candidates with expertise in research methods, urban design, or community participation is desirable.

A focus on social equity and examining underrepresented populations is also desired. In particular, candidates must satisfy two or more of SDSU’s eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. The BIE criteria are as follows:

  • Committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline,
  • Demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline,
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students,
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research,
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group,
  • Experience in or demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities,
  • Expertise in or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or
  • Research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education.

Please indicate in your cover letter how you meet at least two or more of these criteria.  Since our School’s program maintains national accreditation, qualified applicants should have a clear interest and ability to contribute to academic program administration and accreditation processes. 


Applicants must have a doctoral degree in city planning or a closely related field by the date of appointment. Candidates should have demonstrated evidence of research publications and current or potential teaching capability, as well as commitment to the planning profession. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Application review will begin on January 8, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.  Effective Date of Appointment: August 2021.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three (3) references. Please apply via Interfolio at

Questions about this position should be addressed to:
Prof. Sherry Ryan
Recruitment Committee Chair
San Diego State University 
Email: [email protected]

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.




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Posted: 12/21/2020
Application Due: 2/19/2021
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