Job TitleAssistant Professor in Housing, Community Development, and Social Justice
Position TypeFull Time
Job Category Faculty
Salary Range -
Location Gainesville, FL US
Application Deadline November 13, 2022
Contact Name Kathryn Frank
Department Urban and Regional Planning
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP) at the University of Florida invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin in August 2023. We expect the successful candidate to significantly contribute to our dynamic scholarly environment and enhance our emphasis on equity, diversity, and inclusion across the department’s activities.
Specifically, we seek a colleague with expertise in housing, community development, and social justice in planning with the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration in planning-allied fields at UF, including landscape architecture, law and public policy, real estate, international studies, and/or public health. We aim to enrich these areas and connect them with our strengths in planning for contemporary issues such as climate change, population migrations, and technological innovation. A preferred candidate would also bring professional experience, applied research techniques such as cross-cultural studies, mixed methods, or community engagement, and the ability to apply their work to Florida communities.
The position involves (1) teaching four courses per year in the candidate’s areas of expertise, including a graduate/undergraduate housing policy and planning course (delivered in-person and online) and potentially an undergraduate general planning course; (2) conducting research and publications commensurate with a tenure-track position and being entrepreneurial in obtaining research grants; and (3) engaging in outreach and service consistent with the mission of the program. A successful candidate should be committed to working with diverse student and community populations, and have an interest in collaborating with researchers in the College of Design, Construction and Planning’s (DCP) centers, including the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies, the GeoPlan Center, and the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning, urban studies, landscape architecture, or a related field. A successful candidate should have favorable experience with student-centered classroom instruction and an interest in incorporating online modalities; a demonstrated track record or potential to publish in peer-reviewed journals and attract extramural research grants, particularly nationally competitive grants; and a willingness to serve the profession and academy. We desire candidates who have shown a commitment to teaching, research, and service toward building an equitable, diverse, and inclusive scholarly environment. Professional planning or community development experience is desired. Salary for the position will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The Department of URP consists of a collegial faculty of twelve full-time members, as well as faculty affiliated with College research centers and programs. The Department, founded in 1975 and first accredited in 1978, offers a master’s degree in URP, a Ph.D. concentration with STEM designation, a graduate minor, an undergraduate minor, and a combined undergraduate-master’s degree (4+1). We offer the country’s first and only accredited fully-online MURP. We recently added a graduate certificate in Urban Analytics and are in the process of creating a master’s degree in that field. Our faculty are among the most productive in the College and consistently attract the highest amount of research funding with close to $3 million in grants secured in the past year. As one of two units in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning (SLA&P), the Department of URP has a strong relationship with the Department of Landscape Architecture, as well as other units in the College. The College also offers degree programs in Architecture, Construction Management, Interior Design, Historic Preservation, and Sustainability and the Built Environment. Additionally, the College has embraced the University’s initiative to transform research and curriculum in artificial intelligence (AI).
The University of Florida (UF) is ranked #5 among the nation’s public universities according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2022 list. Many opportunities exist at the University for cross-disciplinary appointments and collaboration, including the colleges with the programs suggested above – the Levin College of Law, the Warrington College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Public Health and Health Professions, and the College of Health and Human Performance – and programs with an emphasis on social equity, diversity, and inclusion, such as UF’s African American Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Gender, Sexualities and Women’s Studies Research, and Bob Graham Center for Public Service. Our position as a major land-grant research university in the Association of American Universities (AAU) creates opportunities for our faculty to develop a national and international reputation for research on issues that showcase Florida and the Southeastern United States as a living laboratory, and to shape the next generation of planning professionals.
Further information about the College, the School, and the Department can be found at http://www.dcp.ufl.edu.
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