Tenure-track position, City & Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah

Tenure Track Assistant Professor

City & Metropolitan Planning

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin in Fall 2019. We seek a colleague with a commitment to excellence in teaching and demonstrated ability to obtain research funding and publish high-quality peer-reviewed research. We invite applicants who have expertise in several of the following areas: urban ecology, landscape ecology/architecture, urban design, land use, physical and/or environmental planning, housing, economic development, quantitative methods and GIS. The successful candidate will have the capability to work across a range of scales from the neighborhood to the region, potentially addressing issues related to the Intermountain West and engaging local urban and rural communities. The appointee will teach courses in all of our programs and play an active role in the Center for Ecological Planning & Design and/or Metropolitan Research Center. A doctoral degree in planning or a related field (e.g. social ecology, urban studies/design, landscape architecture, applied ecology, urban geography) is required by July 1, 2019.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic group of engaged faculty members who are recognized leaders in their fields and place a high value on collaboration and collegiality. This person will also benefit from the strong commitment of the University of Utah to issues of sustainability and interdisciplinary initiatives. The Department’s BA/BS undergraduate degree in Urban Ecology focuses on exploring the interrelationships among social, environmental and economic systems, with an aim toward enhancing the vitality and sustainability of places and communities. The Urban Ecology degree is also taught at the Utah Asia Campus in Songdo, South Korea. The Master of City and Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) is an accredited professional degree with an emphasis on ecological resiliency, smart growth, and social justice through effective communication, collaboration, and innovation. The Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design is research-focused with a 100% success rate in placing graduates in tenure-track positions. The department also offers a Master of Real Estate Development (with School of Business) and Graduate Certificates in Urban Design, Historic Preservation, and Real Estate Development. Applicants are encouraged to consult the department website at http://www.plan.utah.edu/.

The University of Utah, a Research I university and the flagship institution of the state higher education system, is located in Salt Lake City, which is ranked among the nation’s ten most livable cities and best college towns. Its quality of life is enhanced by a reasonable cost of living, beautiful scenery, year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, convenient transit, and an impressively cosmopolitan and diverse population. Salt Lake County, the state’s largest and characterized as one of the nation’s fastest growing “mega” counties, is among the national leaders in many “creative class” measures. Utah is projected to be the nation’s fastest growing state between 2010 and 2040 with many opportunities for planning professionals. The University of Utah ranks among the world’s top 100 universities and the top 25 public universities in the US. It also enjoys a stable financial environment compared to many other universities.

Qualified applicants should submit a curriculum vita, letter of interest including a summary of research and teaching activities, and a list of four references (with e-mail addresses and phone numbers) to http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/87235. Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2019 and close on March 1, 2019. The appointment will begin July 1, 2019. Please address questions regarding this position to Brenda Scheer, Search Committee Chair, email: scheer@arch.utah.edu.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with prior URS service may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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