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Assistant/Associate Professor for Land Use & Regional Governance

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Assistant or Associate Professor
Land Use and Regional Governance

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a full-timetenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor in land-useplanning and policy. Candidates whose land-use expertise is complemented byexpertise in local public finance and management, local economic development, infrastructureplanning and/or neighborhood change are especially encouraged to apply. We seekcandidates whose work engages land use questions in the U.S., and also welcomethose whose work incorporates a comparative or transnational perspective.

Preferred candidates will haveexpertise in GIS and quantitative methods; the ideal candidate will havestrength in GIS and/or quantitative methods in combination with qualitativeresearch methods. Preferred candidates will also demonstrate a commitment tothe values enumerated in the current (2022) Curriculum Standard ofthe Planning Accreditation Board, including equity, diversity, socialjustice, and inclusion; sustainability, resilience, and climate justice; andprofessional ethics and responsibility.

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

Applicant Qualifications
Assessment of applications willfocus on academic background and training; treatment of diversity in teaching,research, and engagement; expertise fitting the position description; researchprogram; potential for successful university teaching; and evidence of serviceto the field. Applicants at the Assistant Professor level must have a promisingresearch agenda and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching.Applicants at the Associate level must have a demonstrated record of excellencein research, teaching, and service. A Ph.D. in planning or related fields isrequired. ABD candidates will be considered – candidates with superiorqualifications who will complete all their Ph.D. requirements within the firstappointment 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 forthree professional references. Letters of reference may be requestedof referees at a later date. Only applications submitted through the Universityof Illinois Job Board will be considered.

DURP is strongly committed to justice, equity, diversity andinclusion and to increasing the presence of underrepresented groups in theplanning profession and the academy. Therefore, we especially encouragethe application of Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), people withdisabilities, women, and people with the full range of gender and sexualidentities to apply.

For further information aboutthe position, please contact the search Chair, Professor Andrew Greenlee, at or 217-333-9069. Forfurther information about application procedures, please contact JenniferSteiling 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, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

Requisition ID: 1020150
Job Category: Faculty
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