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Assistant or Associate Professor for Land Use and Regional Governance

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, Illinois

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Assistant or Associate Professor
Land Use and Regional Governance

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor in land-use planning and policy. Candidates whose land-use expertise is complemented by expertise in local public finance and management, local economic development, infrastructure planning and/or neighborhood change are especially encouraged to apply. We seek candidates whose work engages land use questions in the U.S., and also welcome those whose work incorporates a comparative or transnational perspective.

Preferred candidates will have expertise in GIS and quantitative methods; the ideal candidate will have strength in GIS and/or quantitative methods in combination with qualitative research methods. Preferred candidates will also demonstrate a commitment to the values enumerated in the current (2022) Curriculum Standard of the Planning Accreditation Board, including equity, diversity, social justice, and inclusion; sustainability, resilience, and climate justice; and professional ethics and responsibility.

The position is a full-time nine-month tenure-track faculty appointment that begins 16 August 2024. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Applicant Qualifications
Assessment of applications will focus on academic background and training; treatment of diversity in teaching, research, and engagement; expertise fitting the position description; research program; potential for successful university teaching; and evidence of service to the field. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level must have a promising research agenda and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching. Applicants at the Associate level must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research, teaching, and service. A Ph.D. in planning or related fields is required. ABD candidates will be considered – candidates with superior qualifications who will complete all their Ph.D. requirements within the first appointment year may be appointed at the rank of instructor. After the Ph.D. requirement is met, the appointment will be changed to Assistant Professor.

The Department and University

In 2013, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) celebrated one hundred years of planning education at Illinois and has an international reputation for training professional planners and developing future scholars. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a land grant R1 institution. DURP is a unit of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, which provides opportunities for collaboration with scholars, practitioners, and artists, and which also provides opportunities for outreach and engagement via the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and the Krannert Art Museum. The College of Fine and Applied Arts is dedicated to the advancement, practice, and understanding of the arts. The central focus of the college is the synergy between research and the preparation of students for professional careers in the creation and interpretation of the environmental, visual, and performing arts. For more on the college’s mission and strategic priorities, please visit ( .

 The campus and the Department provide ample support for faculty to conduct interdisciplinary research and innovative teaching. Members of the DURP faculty are involved in a broad array of ongoing research and public engagement activities throughout Illinois, the U.S., and internationally. In addition to DURP’s home in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the position offers many potential connections in the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign’s 16 major academic units ( , as well as connections to other major programs including the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities ( , and University of Illinois Extension ( .

 Faculty members in DURP are expected to produce a strong published record of scholarship and to maintain an active research agenda in their field. The Department places a high value on professional applications that lead to innovations in planning practice and dissemination of those innovations through scholarly publication and other means of communication.  DURP faculty contribute courses to the Department’s four degree programs: Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning (BAUSP), Master of Urban Planning (MUP), Master of Science in Sustainable Urban Management (MSSUM), and Ph.D. in Regional Planning. They also secure funding to support masters and doctoral student research assistants.

DURP currently has 14 full-time faculty members in addition to its adjunct and affiliate faculty, 99 students in the BAUSP program, 58 students in the MUP program, and 16 Ph.D. students. Its curricular offerings span sustainable design and development, community development for social justice, local and regional economic development, and environment and land use, and transportation concentrations, as well as a cross cutting transnational planning specialization. The university (  and departmental (  web sites offer additional information.

Application Procedures & Deadline Information:

For full consideration, applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on October 9, 2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through will not be considered.

Please submit a two-page cover letter outlining your research, teaching, and future plans; a CV; a DEI statement; and contact information for three professional references. Letters of reference may be requested of referees at a later date. Only applications submitted through the University of Illinois Job Board will be considered.

DURP is strongly committed to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion and to increasing the presence of underrepresented groups in the planning profession and the academy.  Therefore, we especially encourage the application of Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), people with disabilities, women, and people with the full range of gender and sexual identities to apply.

For further information about the position, please contact the search Chair, Professor Andrew Greenlee, at or 217-333-9069. For further information about application procedures, please contact Jennifer Steiling at For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures,  and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing




Since its founding in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.


A talented and highly respected faculty is the University's most significant resource. Many are recognized for exceptional scholarship with memberships in such organizations as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. 

Our faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics.The success of our faculty is matched by that of our alumni: 11 are Nobel laureates and another 18 have won Pulitzer Prizes.

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Academic resources on campus are among the finest in the world. The University Library is one of the largest public university collections in the world with 11 million volumes in its 37 unit libraries. Annually, 53,000,000 people visit its online catalog. Students have access to thousands of computer terminals in classrooms, residence halls, and campus libraries for use in classroom instruction, study, and research.


Students and scholars find the University an ideal place to conduct research. The Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology is a model for interdisciplinary research, where eighteen research groups from sixteen University departments work within and across three broadly defined themes: biological intelligence, human-computer intelligent interaction, and molecular and electronic nanostructures. The University is also home to the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

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The University has a fundamental commitment to undergraduate education. Nearly 28,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in nine undergraduate divisions, which together offer some 4,000 courses in more than 150 fields of study.

Undergraduate admission is highly selective. In the 2001 freshman class, students in the middle 50% had ACT scores between 25 and 30 and ranked between the 83rd and 96th percentiles of their high school graduating classes.

The University enrolls over 9,000 graduate and professional students in more than 100 disciplines. It is among the top five universities in number of earned doctorates awarded annually in the United States.

Also integral to the University's mission is a commitment to public engagement. Each year about 65,000 Illinois residents participate in scores of conferences, institutes, courses, and workshops presented statewide. Research and class projects take students and professors off campus to share expertise and technical support with Illinois farmers, manufacturing firms, and businesses. In a typical year, student volunteers log more than 60,000 volunteer hours.

The Arts

A major center for the arts, the campus attracts dozens of nationally and internationally renowned artists each year to its widely acclaimed Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The University also supports two major museums: the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion; and the Spurlock Museum, a museum of world history and culture. 

Other major facilities include the multipurpose Assembly Hall (16,500 seats); Memorial Stadium (70,000 seats), site of Big Ten Conference football games; and the Intramural-Physical Education Building, one of the largest recreational facilities of its kind on a university campus.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Illinois is about how we value difference to make a difference.

As evidence of the University’s commitment to enhance the working, living, and learning environment for faculty, staff, and students, the University will encourage a standard of conduct and behavior that is consistent with the values of inclusivity. In an environment of inclusivity, there is no place for acts of hatred, intolerance, insensitivity, bigotry, threats of violence, harassment or discrimination.

Inclusive Illinois, one campus, many voices

Inclusive Illinois is the University’s commitment to cultivating a community at Illinois where everyone is welcomed, celebrated, and respected. Through education, engagement, and excellence, each voice creates the Inclusive Illinois Experience.

How can we appreciate difference to make a difference?

Illinois is the place where we embrace difference. We embrace it because we value it. We value it because we know that we have so much to learn from each other in our living, learning, and working environment.

Illinois is the place where we recognize the power of possibility and where great potential is realized. Inclusive Illinois is the vision of that place: a vision made real by leadership and commitment.

Illinois is the place where consensus is forged by discourse and where everyone’s contributions are recognized: significant contributions that elevate us because they are informed and enhanced by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, age, physical ability, religion, class, and national origin. We are enriched by these perspectives, and we are united by the very discourse that brings these views together.

It is a process. It is transformative. And we celebrate the remarkable changes we set in motion here … taking an important step … crossing boundaries … starting with our own.

It all starts with each of us: with our willingness to embark on the journey in the search for answers, and with our openness and acceptance of the answers we find. Illinois is the place where it all comes together.

Learn more about how Inclusive Illinois promotes diversity here.

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms, whether or not specifically prohibited by law. Among the forms of invidious discrimination prohibited by the University policy but not law is discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of sexual orientation. Complaints of invidious discrimination in violation of University policy are to be resolved within existing University procedures. The policy of the University of Illinois is to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. The University will not engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs and activities

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