Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Planning

Michigan State University College of Social Science

Assistant Professor-Tenure System

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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 Summary

Michigan 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 Statement

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Special 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:

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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

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