Professor and Head, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professor and Head
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites nominations and applications for the position of Professor and Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

We seek a dynamic Department Head with intellectual leadership and a vision for planning education, scholarship, and practice. The ideal candidate will bring a history of facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching, practice, and research, and a record of establishing partnerships with communities and other academic units at home and abroad.

The Department offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and is recognized for its interdisciplinary approach and leadership in community development for social justice, land use and transportation, sustainable development, economic development, transnational planning, and geographic information system and planning analysis. The department and its diverse faculty are committed to the profession and to research that advances the practice of planning. The Department currently has 11 permanent faculty members, 9 affiliated faculty, 3 lecturers, 83 students in the BAUSP program, 65 students in the MUP program, and 19 Ph.D. students. The Department is one of seven academic units within the College of Fine and Applied Arts, with peer units in the performing arts, visual art, and environmental design. The Head reports to the Dean of this College, and oversees the administration of courses, budget, and personnel policy, in collaboration with department faculty and staff and subject to College and University policies.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the flagship university of the state of Illinois and one of the nation’s leading public research institutions, with an enrollment of approximately 45,000 students. The University was first in the nation to appoint a planning faculty and has been offering courses in planning for over 100 years; the University Library includes a city planning collection that is one of the oldest and largest collections of its kind. Further information about the College and Department may be found at: and

Qualifications: A doctoral degree in Urban Planning or closely related field is required, with professional experience preferred. The successful candidate will have an established record of research, teaching, and service and have scholarly achievement sufficient to gain appointment as a full professor with tenure. Experience in academic administration and budgeting is desirable, with a commitment to collegial decision-making and shared governance expected. An effective record of advancing diversity-related goals in work with faculty, students, and other constituencies is important to supporting the work of the department and college in this area. The Head must demonstrate effective communication skills; ability to represent the department’s programs and accomplishments to the university, the general public, and the profession; and willingness to participate in advancement and fundraising.

The salary for this full-time position is commensurate with experience; the proposed start date is 16 August 2018. This appointment will be a full-time (100%), nine-month position with negotiated summer salary support and an administrative increment.

To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by 17 November 2017. For a full position description and to apply, please visit and upload a resume, cover letter, and the names, and complete contact information of three references. For further information about the position, please contact the search chair, Professor Sara McLafferty, at or 217-333-1660. For further information about application procedures, please contact Melissa Madsen, Associate Director of Human Resources, at Women, members of underrepresented groups, and other designated classes are especially encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit

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