Specialist - Teacher-Continuing

Job Details

Job no: 717070
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: School Of Planning Des Construction Anr 10002116
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Continuing System Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Academic Specialist in Teaching

Position Summary

The School of Planning, Design and Construction seeks a full-time academic specialist with continuing appointment to teach core Urban & Regional Planning program curricula. The successful candidate will be expected to have demonstrated teaching/professional experience and a willingness to teach across the Planning Curriculum, with interest in incorporating multicultural perspectives into teaching.

This is a 9-month, 90% teaching and 10% service position. The Academic Specialist will teach in-person and online core courses with an expected load of three courses per semester, and with possible opportunities for specialized courses depending on expertise. Current program needs include urban design, sustainable planning practice, and equity and inclusion. Summer online teaching is possible and will be additionally compensated. The person will teach some undergraduate courses that are large classes with seats of more than 100. The person will also assist with program needs and priorities such as student recruitment activities, student advising, curriculum assessments etc.

This Academic Specialist in Teaching position (non-tenure track teaching position) is continual/permanent following two successful probationary reviews at year 2 and 5. Anticipated start date is January 1, 2022, or August 16, 2022.

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 and individuals from other underrepresented groups that can diversify the impact of the School.

Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, MI, with easy access to the state capital, Lake Michigan, and award-winning school districts. MSU is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career couples, both inside and outside the University. Information about MSU's dual career support can be found at http://miwin.msu.edu/.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Urban and Regional Planning, or related

Desired Degree

Doctorate -Urban and Regional Planning, or related

Minimum Requirements

A master's degree in urban and regional planning from a U.S. Accredited Planning Program is required by the position start date. A PhD degree in Urban Planning (or allied discipline) or a minimum of seven years of professional planning practice in the United States is required. Fluent written and spoken English and excellent public speaking ability are needed.

Desired Qualifications

A Ph.D., preferably in Urban Planning from an accredited U.S. university, is desired. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification, on-line teaching experience and expertise teaching large classes preferred. Practical professional planning experience is desired.

Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit a) current resume/CV; b) a cover letter describing your teaching 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 September 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment will commence in Spring or Fall 2022. 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 Urban and Regional Planning Program is STEM designated at Michigan State University. 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: https://www.canr.msu.edu/spdc/programs/urban_and_regional_planning/index.

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 430 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. The School is jointly administered by the Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Social Science.

At Michigan State University's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, we do not just accept difference, we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our faculty, our staff, or students, and our community. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer that is committed to achieving inclusive excellence through attracting diverse candidates and fostering a culture of equity where everyone can reach its individual and collective goals.

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: Jul 13, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 13, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


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