Assistant Professor for the Urban and Regional Planning Program

  • Michigan State University, School of Planning, Design and Construction
  • 552 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI, USA
  • Jun 22, 2020
Full time   Design (all areas) Environmental Studies Urban Studies & Planning

Job Description


Michigan State University’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 two or more of the following areas of research: real estate development, social equity, and environmental sustainability. Expertise in the intersection between real estate development, social equity, and environmental sustainability that promotes equitable development is desired.

Candidates that employ big data and empirical approaches to the study of environmental planning and sustainable real estate development, demonstrate experience with research on resilient development practices, and understand their impacts on shrinking communities (Midwest focus) 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.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Requirements

A degree in Urban Planning from an Accredited Planning Program is required. A Ph.D. is required.  Candidates must have their Ph.D. by the date of hire. Demonstrated teaching experience and a willingness to teach across the Planning Curriculum; interest in incorporating multicultural perspectives into teaching and research; highly productive research experience; fluent written and spoken English; and excellent public speaking ability are needed.


Desired Qualifications

A Ph.D. in urban planning is desired.  Consideration will be given to a Ph.D. in an allied discipline. Practical experience is desired. AICP credential preferred.

Application Details

All candidates for the position (posting # 637271) 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).

While review of application will begin on October 1st, 2020, the search committee recommends submitting applications as early as possible. 

Review of applications will begin on October 1st, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

The appointment will commence in Spring or Fall 2021.

Contact for administrative inquiries:  Mary Beth Graebert, email:

For position-related questions, contact the search committee chair, Dr. Zenia Kotval, email:


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