Assistant or Associate Professor, History of the Built Environment

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Philadelphia, PA

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Assistant or Associate Professor, History of the Built Environment

Philadelphia, PA
Open Date:
Sep 6, 2021

The Department of City & Regional Planning at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor to offer masters- and doctoral-level instruction and advising in the cross-disciplinary area of the History of the Built Environment. Scholars whose research addresses the built environment though global or transnational urban history; the histories of race, ethnicity, and colonialism; the histories of gender and sexuality; and/or urban heritage are particularly welcome to apply.

This position was created as part of the Weitzman School’s new initiative in the History of the Built Environment, which focuses particularly on the urban or metropolitan scale. The Weitzman School includes Historic Preservation, City & Regional Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Fine Arts. There is also the potential for secondary appointments with other departments across the University. This effort reflects collaborative work in urban, planning, landscape, and architectural history across the School and the larger University. It includes recruiting PhD students as Fellows in the History of the Built Environment. We also welcome the new faculty member to participate in the various research centers located at the School and University.

This position is a full-time tenure-track or tenured appointment with responsibilities for teaching, research, and administration. The successful candidate will be expected to teach lecture and seminar courses at the graduate level, including new courses in an area of specialization that suits the candidate’s research, and to advise masters and PhD students.



In their statement of interest, candidates should identify if/how their research and teaching interests connect with any of the concentrations in city planning and/or historic preservation.

Minimum qualifications: a PhD in history, American studies, history of science, city planning, historic preservation, architecture, urban studies, art history, geography, or another related field.

Candidates are encouraged to describe how underrepresented, diverse, and global perspectives are incorporated into their teaching and research. Applications from BIPOC and women candidates are strongly encouraged.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a statement of interest that succinctly describes their agenda for research and scholarship, a curriculum vitae, two recent publications or writing samples, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information for three references who will be contacted at a later date.

Applications should be addressed to Francesca Russello Ammon, Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation; Chair, Search Committee for the History of the Built Environment.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The position will begin on July 1, 2022, and the selected candidate will be expected to begin teaching in fall 2022.

Questions should be directed to Kate Daniel, Department Coordinator, City & Regional Planning, at: [email protected].


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