Chair (Associate Professor/Professor)
University of Utah
The University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning seeks candidates for Chair of the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the rank of tenured associate or professor. It is required for the successful candidate to have demonstrated credentials to ensure the granting of tenure.
The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning (CMP) at the University of Utah is in the midst of tremendous growth and development, offering a significant opportunity for the qualified candidate to influence the programís future direction. The department offers an innovative undergraduate degree in Urban Ecology (on both the Salt Lake and South Korea campuses), a fully accredited Master of City and Metropolitan Planning degree with four specializations (ecological planning, smart growth, urban design, and small town / resort town planning), and a young Ph.D. program that is rapidly growing in stature. The departmentís graduate degree programs are allied with graduate certificate programs both within the college and across campus, including certificates in historic preservation, real estate development, urban design, GIS, and sustainability. The masterís program also is part of two dual degree programs, one with the Master of Real Estate Development and the other with the Juris Doctor. Affiliated with the department are five dynamic, interdisciplinary research centers: the Metropolitan Research Center, the Center for Ecological Planning and Design, the Global Change and Sustainability Center, the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, and the Consortium for Dark Sky Studies. Considerable potential for research, community involvement, and engagement in city and metropolitan issues exists in Utahís unique and rapidly growing urban environment.
The departmentís vision is to promote thriving and equitable social-ecological systems in the diverse and unique communities of the Intermountain West through cutting-edge community-engaged methods. By embracing the particular issues, challenges, and opportunities of this beautiful region - rapid population and economic growth, diversifying populations, and adaptation to environmental change - the faculty work to have transformational impact on local planning in ways that have national and international significance. The department seeks a chair who can catalyze action around a shared vision and create a curriculum at the forefront of planning education - one that is led by valuing ecological resilience, human health and well-being, and social justice.
The University of Utah, a Research I University and the flagship institution of higher education in the state, ranks among the worldís top 100 universities and among the top 25 public universities in the U.S. The university is located in Salt Lake City, one of the nationís most livable environs. Its quality of life is enhanced by a reasonable cost of living, beautiful scenery, multiple outdoor recreational opportunities, convenient mass transit, and an impressively cosmopolitan culture. The College of Architecture + Planning seeks to be the spark for transforming the designed world to promote the health and well-being of society and environment through collaborative innovation. The college aspires to become a nationally recognized incubator of innovative processes of discovery, engagement, teaching, and application in the fields of architecture, design, and planning. Its culture is an intimate and supportive place for faculty, staff, and students alike.
The chair is the leader and administrator for the CMP department, charged with working with faculty and staff to set a direction for the department in alignment with the vision of the college and is responsible for student and faculty recruitment/hiring, curriculum development, budget oversight, and departmental governance. The chair reports directly to the college dean.
The successful candidate will:
1) articulate a compelling call to action and demonstrate thought leadership for the evolution of the profession of planning;
2) possess a strong research record relevant to the departmentís vision and skill in communicating that research in ways that translate to practice;
3) have expertise that enhances and/or extends the four specializations within the department;
4) provide sustained and caring mentoring to faculty;
5) exhibit the ability to lead through exemplary collaborative processes and within shared governance; and
6) demonstrate the ability to network and build relationships in a collaborative community.
Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in planning or a related field, at least 5 years of teaching experience, a strong record of research and publication, and participation in planning organizations at the national level. A record of facilitating a diverse community of scholars is especially important. Administrative experience is desirable and professional planning experience is a plus.
Qualified applicants must submit a curriculum vita, a letter of application including statements of pedagogical and research objectives they would seek for the department, two samples of scholarship/research/creative work, and a list of five references (with phone, mail, and email addresses).
Please submit these documents and complete the University of Utah application to http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/69231
Review of applications begins November 1, 2017 and will continue until a candidate is appointed. The appointment is targeted to start between July 9 and August 1, 2018.
Please address questions for this position to Mimi Locher, CMP Chair Search Committee, email@example.com
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