University of Colorado | CU Denver

Department of Urban & Regional Planning

Lecturer in Environmental Planning & Management

Position #00687245 – Requisition #24904

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The University of Colorado Denver 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 (CU Denver) has an opening for a part-time lecturer position.  The intended start date for this position is August 22, 2022.

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

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. 

The University of Colorado Denver

The University of Colorado Denver is the state’s premier public urban research university and equity-serving institution. Globally connected and locally invested, CU Denver partners with future-focused learners and communities to design accessible, relevant, transformative educational experiences for every stage of life and career. Across eight schools and colleges in the heart of downtown Denver, our leading faculty inspires and works alongside students to solve complex challenges through boundary-breaking innovation and impactful research, and creative work. As part of the state’s largest university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with 2,000 employees an annual economic impact of more than $800 million. For more information, visit


This posting is for a lecturer position in the fall 2022 semester for the master’s level course, URPL 6500 Environmental Planning and Management, in the Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning program. The three-credit course is taught once a year in the fall semester on the Denver campus from August 22nd, 2022 to December 31, 2022. The course enrolls approximately 15-20 students. This is a well-established course and the prior instructors’ materials will be available to the new lecturer, including a syllabus, assignments, and weekly lesson plans, including field trips, upon request.


This course covers environmental planning: the integration of the natural environment into urban and regional planning. It focuses on acquiring skills and knowledge needed to be a professional environmental planner and to address the most common environmental issues and challenges faced by cities, counties, states, regions, and even federal agencies.  Content is split into two general domains: Scientific fundamentals: the information and concepts needed to have scientific literacy to be an environmental planner and to read the technical reports and publications that are critical to the practice of environmental planning; and Policy and planning: the policies, regulations, planning approaches, and management techniques that are used to achieve desired environmental outcomes. Through these two lenses, the class explores some of the most critical topic areas in environmental planning, such as water quality, drinking water supply, stormwater management, habitat and wildlife, land conservation, urban parks, wildfire-safe communities, climate resiliency, urban heat mitigation, and brownfields redevelopment. As they learn about these topics, students will gain literacy in key data resources needed for environmental managers and planners, including numerous online data portals and decision support tools. Knowledge of these tools is increasingly critical to professional practice given the importance of data in informing environmental planning. Through a project, students will practice applying these concepts, tools, and theories to a location in the real world.  

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring rate (or budgeted rate) for this position has been established at $5,400 for a 3-credit hour course.

The above salary rate represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the rate at the time of posting.

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.


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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected].

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, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The 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 investigations for all prospective employees.


Minimum Qualifications:

A Masters degree or higher in a field related to environmental planning, ecology, natural resources, environmental biology, hydrology, etc. Professional work experience may substitute for the degree on a year for year basis. Applicants should have substantive knowledge of the field of urban environmental planning.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

Professional work experience in the field of urban environmental planning or one of its subfields.


  • Experience guiding groups on educational field trips in an outdoor setting.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.

Job Category: Faculty
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Part-time
Posting Date: Feb 24, 2022
Unposting Date: Ongoing

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