Assistant Professor (69469)

Gainesville FL
Feb 03, 2021
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Assistant Professor (69469)

Gainesville FL
Open Date:
Feb 1, 2021
Close Date:
Mar 15, 2021

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) at the University of Florida invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track position in the URP graduate program with a focus on housing, community development, and equity, race and social justice. Experience in cross-cultural studies, mixed methods research, and GIS as applied to advancing knowledge in these areas is desirable.  

The expectation will be to teach four courses per year in the candidate’s areas of expertise and as needed by the Department, including a housing policy and planning course; conduct research commensurate with a tenure-track position; and engage in outreach and service consistent with the mission of the program. Incumbents should be committed to working with diverse student and community populations, and have an interest in collaborating with researchers in the College’s centers, including the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, the GeoPlan Center, and the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience.

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning, landscape architecture, or a related field. A successful candidate should have experience with classroom instruction and teaching in an online learning environment, demonstrated potential to attract extramural research grants, particularly national grants, and a willingness to serve the profession and academy. The Department is interested in candidates who have shown a commitment to teaching, research, or service toward building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Planning experience and/or AICP are preferred. Salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of URP consists of a collegial faculty of eleven core, full-time members, as well as faculty affiliated with College research centers and programs. The Department, founded in 1975 and first accredited in 1978, offers a master’s degree in URP (that is the first and only in the country to include an accredited fully-online option), a Ph.D. concentration (including STEM designation), a graduate minor, an undergraduate minor, and a combined undergraduate-master’s degree (4+1). Our faculty are among the most productive in the college consistently attracting the highest amount of research funding in the college with close to $3 million in grants secured in the past year. As one of two units in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, the Department of URP has a strong relationship with the Department of Landscape Architecture, as well as other units in the College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP). The College also offers degree programs in Architecture, Construction Management, Interior Design, Historic Preservation, and Sustainability and the Built Environment. 

The University of Florida is ranked #6 among the nation’s public universities in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2020 list. Our position as a major research university in an AAU institution creates opportunities for our program and its faculty to develop a national and international reputation for planning-related research on issues that showcase Florida and the Southeastern United States as a living laboratory with implications for national and international planning. The University of Florida is committed to creating the broadly diverse environment necessary to foster multicultural skills and perspectives in teaching and research for its students to contribute and succeed in the world of the 21st century. Many opportunities exist at the University for cross-disciplinary appointments and collaboration, including for concerns of social equity, diversity, and inclusion (e.g., UF’s African American Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies, and Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research).

Further information about the University, the College, and the Department can be found at


Minimum requirements:

  • The candidate must have a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning, landscape architecture, or a related field.
  • The Ph.D. is completed prior to the start date. An ABD at the time of interviews will be considered.


  • Professional practice experience, with AICP or interest in pursuing AICP.

Application Instructions:

Candidates should submit application material electronically at job ID number is 69469. As candidates complete the standard online application, the following items should be uploaded:

  • Letter of interest inclusive of teaching philosophy and research goals, a list of courses the applicant would be interested in teaching; and where applicable, a list of courses the applicant has taught including evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations). Applicants are expected to describe in their letter of interest how their teaching and scholarship contribute to diverse communities.
  • Writing sample demonstrating research interests and strengths, or a research portfolio.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of references, including phone numbers and email addresses.

Please address any questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Kathryn Frank ([email protected]).

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit three letters of reference. Submittal instructions will be provided upon notification of shortlisted candidates.

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2021. The application deadline is March 15, 2021. The proposed start date is August 16, 2021.

Selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

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