Skip to main content

This job has expired

Assistant Professor-Tenure System

Job Details

Job no: 797391
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: School Of Planning,Des&construction-Css 10038116
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Engineers/Architects, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position SummaryMichigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

MSU’s School of Planning, Design, and Construction (SPDC) seeks a tenure system Assistant Professor for the Urban and Regional Planning Program.

Qualified candidates for this tenure system position will have expertise in environmental sustainability, climate resiliency and disaster management with a focus on social equity. Candidates that employ big data and empirical approaches to the study of environmental planning and demonstrate experience with research on resilient development practices and understand their impacts on shrinking communities are strongly encouraged to apply. Preferred candidates will demonstrate a clear commitment to issues of diversity and inclusion in the theory and practice of sustainable development.

This is a tenure system, academic (9-month) appointment. Duties will be 45% Teaching, 45% Research and 10% Service.

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

Doctorate -Urban & Regional Planning or related fie

Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. in Urban & Regional Planning or a related field is required. Candidates must have their Ph.D. by the position start date. Expectations include: a willingness to teach across the Planning Curriculum; interest in incorporating multicultural perspectives into teaching and research; fluent written and spoken English; and excellent public speaking ability.

Desired Qualifications

At least one advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Urban and Regional Planning from an accredited program, and practical planning experience are desired. AICP credential preferred. Demonstrated teaching experience and productive research experience are also desirable credentials.

Required Application Materials

All candidates for the position must apply online at Qualified applicants should submit a) current resume/CV; b) a cover letter describing your teaching and research 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).

Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: Instructions

Review of applications will begin on October 3, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment will commence in Spring (January 1, 2023) or Fall (August 16, 2023). Contact for administrative inquiries: Mary Beth Graebert, email: For position-related questions, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Mark Wilson, email:

Review of Applications Begins On



Department Statement

The Urban and Regional Planning program was established in 1946, and has been 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 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 courses 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:

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 350 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. The School is jointly administered by the Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Social Science. The mission of the School is to advance the knowledge, prepare innovative leaders, and support the practice of planning, design, and construction.. Please refer to the School’s homepage available at:

The School is committed to achieving excellence by nurturing an inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. We are particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

The School of Planning, Design and Construction and the College of Social Science actively promote a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

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 28, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 28, 2024 Eastern Daylight Time


Working at Michigan State University 

Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

Top Distinctions

U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

  • 29th among the nation’s public universities
  • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
  • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
  • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert