Cornell University , Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Community Development

Cornell University

Department of City and Regional Planning

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Community Development


The Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) in the College of Architecture, Art, and, Planning at Cornell University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin on July 1, 2020.

We seek applicants whose research and teaching address community development and urban transformations, in the US and internationally. This position will focus on community and identity formation, questions of difference, equity, and exclusivity in the city. We seek candidates with strengths in theory, practice, engagement and/or activism. This hire is supported by CIVIC (Critical Inquiry into Values, Imagination and Culture), the Cornell provost’s radical collaboration task force in the Humanities and the Arts, which targets faculty hires in the fields of public life and media. As such, the successful candidate is expected to take advantage of the ability to collaborate with colleges, departments, and entities across the university.

In CRP we study, teach, and practice planning as a diverse and integrative, applied and change-oriented discipline, seeking as we do so a more just and efficient, sustainable, and beautiful world. The department has as its goal to promote vibrant communities, urban sustainability, and social equity through its teaching, research and public engagement. Successful applicants for this position must demonstrate high-quality research, the ability to secure external funding, and a commitment to excellent teaching and mentoring. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in urban/regional planning, or a related field (e.g., geography, public policy, urban studies). We anticipate that candidates for this position will be able to teach a combination of workshop, lecture, and seminar courses. Scholars with various forms of experience are of interest, including that of navigating, interpreting and analyzing data streams. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CRP is a top-ranked planning department with 130 undergraduate majors (BS-Urban and Regional Studies), 110 master’s degree students in programs in City and Regional Planning (accredited MRP), Historic Preservation Planning (MA), and Regional Science (MA and MS), and 35 Ph.D. students in City and Regional Planning and Regional Science. The Department, with a full-time faculty of 17, draws students from across the U.S. and the world and is one of the premier programs for U.S. and international planning. As part of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, the department is committed to advancing scholarship in the art and science of place-making and urban design by providing a supportive, resource-rich context for collaborative studies both within the unit and across the university. Demonstrating this commitment, CRP supports dual degrees with Cornell programs in Landscape Architecture and Real Estate. Situated on Cornell University’s main campus in Ithaca, NY, the department also offers semester-long programs in New York City and Rome.

Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Cornell is committed to hiring faculty who share its historical commitment to educating and pursuing knowledge for any person in any study. We require that every applicant for an academic appointment provide a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This statement offers candidates an opportunity to describe their potential contributions to diversity and inclusion at Cornell and our legacy of “. . . any person . . . any study.” Candidates are also invited to connect their contributions to Cornell’s role as a land-grant institution enabling community improvement through research and teaching.

Required application materials:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of application
  • Statement of research and teaching interests
  • Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Course syllabi and representative samples of corresponding student work, as is available
  • Writing samples
  • List of three references with telephone numbers as well as mail and email addresses; these references will be contacted only for the later stages of the search, and with the applicant’s permission


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 6, 2020 until an adequate pool of candidates for the position has been identified.


All applicants should submit their materials electronically to Academic Jobs Online at


Further information about the Department of City and Regional Planning and its students, alumni, and faculty, and the CIVIC initiative, may be found at the following links:

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