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Professor of Practice / Lecturer in Real Estate Development

Professor of Practice / Lecturer in Real Estate Development

New Orleans
Open Date:
Sep 22, 2022

The Tulane University School of Architecture seeks qualified candidates in Real Estate Development at the rank of Professor of Practice. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2023.


The Real Estate Development program is seeking applications from candidates in the fields of real estate development, urban planning, and/or the building sciences, among other fields. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. (or D.Des) by the start date of the appointment. Professors of Practice are vital non-tenure eligible full-time faculty who balance teaching, research, and service obligations—with a primary focus on teaching. However, professors of practice are encouraged and supported to advance their research portfolios. This support includes a teaching and service load that is commensurate with tenure-track faculty. Professors of Practice generally operate on five-year contracts that may be extended to long-term contracts following a periodical faculty review process. There are no time limits for Professors of Practice at Tulane and many long-standing faculty have served for several decades in these ranks. Professors of Practice are a critical element of the full-time faculty governance and culture of the school and the institution. For this search, we seek applications for equivalent candidates at the assistant, associate, and full professor of practice ranks.


Tulane University’s academic programs in real estate are aligned with the School of Architecture’s traditional Architecture degrees (B.Arch, B.S.Arch, M.Arch, and M.S.Arch), Master of Preservation Studies (M.P.S.) degree, as well as the A.B. Freeman School of Business graduate degrees (M.B.A., M.S.). Other programs and centers at Tulane University provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration, including the ByWater Institute, the Murphy Institute, and the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine.


Located in New Orleans, Tulane University is a tier-one research university in the United States, a member of the selected group of top research universities integrated into the AAU. The School of Architecture is an innovator in the field of the built environment at multiple scales, from buildings to neighborhoods and from urban landscapes to regional planning. The City of New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta is our natural domains of research. The city is home to a diverse community steeped in a long history of action and exchange. Our 15th President, Mike Fitts, has strong commitments to anti-racism that the Tulane School of Architecture has taken up in multiple ways. The Tulane School of Architecture is committed to climate action and is charting a path for climate change education across each of its representative programs. Social and climate justice are interconnected phenomena that demand a new ethic of the built and unbuilt environments that is reinforced by cutting-edge research, teaching, and service.


This search is looking for one or more faculty members who focus on real estate and urban development and/or sustainable design and construction.


The program seeks to hire one or more faculty members who can teach introductory real estate finance and/or urban economics courses. It is not necessary that a candidate focuses on real estate finance or urban economics in their core research portfolio—as such, one need not necessarily be an economist. Candidates who specialize in other areas of urban research but incorporate methods and theories from economics, economic geography and/or real estate are encouraged to apply. The program seeks applications from scholars who can competently teach introductory courses in real estate finance, urban economics, real estate development, proforma modeling, and/or housing policy and finance. Candidates with practical professional experience are encouraged to apply.


The program also seeks to hire one or more faculty members who can teach building science related courses with a focus on sustainable design and construction. For this position, we welcome candidates with a Ph.D. or D.Des. in building science, construction management, civil or architectural engineering, real estate development, urban design and/or architectural science. Potential introductory and advanced courses include sustainable building systems, construction and project management, energy and buildings, and sustainable real estate. Candidates should have a robust background in not only how buildings are designed but also how they are constructed and managed.    


The specialized research areas for the real estate faculty include climate change (sustainability and adaptation science) and community and affordable housing development. However, the program welcomes faculty candidates who advance a wide array of research inquiries inside and outside of these research concentrations. The program in real estate is home to 300 undergraduate students (Bachelor of Science in Real Estate (B.S.R.E.) and 20 graduate students (Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development (M.S.R.E.D)). Faculty are expected to support advising and service responsibilities consistent with all appointed full-time faculty. Professors of Practice serve on the same committees and governance bodies as do tenured and tenure-track faculty. The program in real estate includes a handful of full-time faculty members and a select group of part-time lecturers and adjuncts. Professors of Practice are expected to mentor and support junior and part-time faculty in advance of curricular excellence.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for the position, please submit the following materials through Interfolio.

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Interest
  3. Research Statement
  4. Teaching Statement
  5. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement
  6. Sample Research Paper
  7. Contact information for three (3) references


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Tulane University is located in New Orleans—a city with tremendous history of diverse cultures, community, and languages. We seek and welcome candidates’ applications from historically underrepresented groups, such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), women, LGBTQ+, and those living with disabilities, as well as veterans.


Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. For questions related to the real estate program, the School of Architecture and/or this search notice, please email Dr. Jesse M. Keenan, Favrot II Associate Professor of Sustainable Real Estate.



The search committee will commence its initial review of applications on November 15, 2022. However, applications will be accepted and reviewed until the positions are filled.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Please Note: Tulane University has officially adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. All employees and visiting faculty must be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccination or obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption prior to beginning employment.

Tulane University is located in New Orleans - a city with tremendous history of diverse cultures, community, and languages. Tulane is actively building a campus culture grounded in our values of EDI and anti-racism. We seek and welcome candidate applications from historically underrepresented groups, such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), women, LGBTQ+, and those living with disabilities as well as veterans. 

Tulane University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane University will not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

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