Assistant Professor

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Construction/Design/Planning
Department:15060000 - DCP-URBAN REGIONAL / PLANNING

Classification Title:

AST PROF

Job Description:

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) at the University of Florida invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin in August 2023. We expect the successful candidate to significantly contribute to our dynamic scholarly environment and enhance our emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion across the department’s activities.

Specifically, we seek a colleague with expertise in housing, community development, and social justice in planning with the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration in planning-allied fields at UF, including landscape architecture, law and public policy, real estate, international studies, and/or public health. We aim to enrich these areas and connect them with our strengths in planning for contemporary issues such as climate change, population migrations, and technological innovation. A preferred candidate would also bring professional experience, applied research techniques such as cross-cultural studies, mixed methods, or community engagement, and the ability to apply their work to Florida communities.

The position involves (1) teaching four courses per year in the candidate’s areas of expertise, including a graduate/undergraduate housing policy and planning course (delivered in-person and online) and potentially an undergraduate general planning course; (2) conducting research and publications commensurate with a tenure-track position and being entrepreneurial in obtaining research grants; and (3) engaging in outreach and service consistent with the mission of the program. A successful candidate should be committed to working with diverse student and community populations, and have an interest in collaborating with researchers in the College of Design, Construction and Planning’s (DCP) centers, including the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, the GeoPlan Center, and the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning, urban studies, landscape architecture, or a related field. A successful candidate should have favorable experience with student-centered classroom instruction and an interest in incorporating online modalities; a demonstrated track record or potential to publish in peer-reviewed journals and attract extramural research grants, particularly nationally competitive grants; and a willingness to serve the profession and academy. We desire candidates who have shown a commitment to teaching, research, and service toward building an equitable, diverse, and inclusive scholarly environment. Professional planning or community development experience is desired. Salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Department of URP consists of a collegial faculty of twelve full-time members, as well as faculty affiliated with College research centers and programs. The Department, founded in 1975 and first accredited in 1978, offers a master’s degree in URP, a Ph.D. concentration with STEM designation, a graduate minor, an undergraduate minor, and a combined undergraduate-master’s degree (4+1). We offer the country’s first and only accredited fully-online MURP. We recently added a graduate certificate in Urban Analytics and are in the process of creating a master’s degree in that field. Our faculty are among the most productive in the College and consistently attract the highest amount of research funding with close to $3 million in grants secured in the past year. As one of two units in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning (SLA&P), the Department of URP has a strong relationship with the Department of Landscape Architecture, as well as other units in the College. The College also offers degree programs in Architecture, Construction Management, Interior Design, Historic Preservation, and Sustainability and the Built Environment. Additionally, the College has embraced the University’s initiative to transform research and curriculum in artificial intelligence (AI).

The University of Florida (UF) is ranked #5 among the nation’s public universities according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2022 list. Many opportunities exist at the University for cross-disciplinary appointments and collaboration, including the colleges with the programs suggested above – the Levin College of Law, the Warrington College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Public Health and Health Professions, and the College of Health and Human Performance – and programs with an emphasis on social equity, diversity, and inclusion, such as UF’s African American Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research, and Bob Graham Center for Public Service. Our position as a major land-grant research university in the Association of American Universities (AAU) creates opportunities for our faculty to develop a national and international reputation for research on issues that showcase Florida and the Southeastern United States as a living laboratory, and to shape the next generation of planning professionals.

Further information about the University, the College, the School, and the Department can be found at www.ufl.edu and www.dcp.ufl.edu.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • The candidate must have a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning, urban studies, landscape architecture, or a related field.
  • The Ph.D. is completed prior to the start date. An ABD at the time of interviews will be considered.
Preferred Qualifications:

Professional planning or community development experience, with AICP or other relevant credentials.

A successful candidate should have favorable experience with student-centered classroom instruction and an interest in incorporating online modalities; a demonstrated track record or potential to publish in peer-reviewed journals and attract extramural research grants, particularly nationally competitive grants; and a willingness to serve the profession and academy.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload:

  • Letter of interest inclusive of the applicant’s
    • Research agenda, including completed projects, accrued funding, and research and publication goals.
    • Teaching philosophy and pedagogies, a list of courses of interest in teaching, a list of courses taught including evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations), and instructional trainings and certifications received.
    • Academic leadership, professional experience, and community service in relation to future academic goals.
    • Past and future contributions to our understanding of the complex issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the academy, the profession, and communities.
  • Writing sample demonstrating research interests and strengths, or a research portfolio.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • List of references, including affiliations, phone numbers, and email addresses.

Please address any questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Kathryn Frank, kifrank@ufl.edu.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit three letters of reference. Submittal instructions will be provided upon notification of shortlisted candidates.

Review of applications will begin October 10, 2022. The application deadline is November 13, 2022. The proposed start date is August 16, 2023.

The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

Health Assessment Required: No

 

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