The Urban and Regional Planning (URP) Program in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan is working to develop new field-defining course offerings and research in urban data and technology, equitable development, and climate resilience.
Toward that end, we seek to appoint a tenure-track or practice-track faculty member in urban data analysis and technology-based planning, either position at the assistant professor rank. Tenure-track professors are expected to make substantial and significant contributions to the body of scholarly knowledge in their areas of expertise, to be innovative instructors, and to provide meaningful public service. Professors of practice are expected to bring substantial and significant insight and knowledge from their professional practice to the classroom and to their collaborations with colleagues at the university, typically while continuing some professional practice as a complement to their university duties. All faculty are expected to contribute meaningfully to the URP Program, Taubman College, and University of Michigan’s commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and public service.
Recognizing that data-based technologies and practices are profoundly transforming the creation and use buildings and cities, we aim to lead the field in equipping students with the vision, knowledge, and skills to shape urban futures through technology-based innovation and analysis, entrepreneurship, and design. We are expanding our engagement with data and technology in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree and PhD program, and we anticipate new offerings in urban data science and real estate development. Our goal is to enable our graduates to help businesses and communities address key questions like: How will we work? How will we move? How will we live? We seek a colleague to advance our work in this sphere, drawing from one or more of scholarly perspectives such as urban informatics, data science, and participatory technology. We anticipate that this new faculty member would also conduct research or professional practice integrating new data sources, methods, and technologies with expertise in one or more of a variety of substantive areas relevant to urban futures, including especially equitable development and/or climate resilience.
This faculty appointment will be made within Taubman College’s Urban and Regional Planning Program. Currently the URP Program faculty encompasses 14 tenure-track faculty, 1 practice-track faculty, and 7 lecturers who teach in our MURP degree program (ranked 9th nationally by Planetizen), PhD degree program, and graduate certificates in Real Estate Development, Healthy Cities, and Urban Informatics, as well as a variety of undergraduate courses. Our MURP degree program is one of more than 100 top-ten graduate programs at the University of Michigan (U.S. News & World Report), which ranks as one of the best public universities in the U.S. (#1 in QS World University Rankings, #1 in National Science Foundation rankings, #3 in U.S. News & World Report) and the world (#21 University Worldwide in Times Higher Ed).
Taubman College affirms the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as we organize resources and priorities that align with our values. We seek to have a diverse group of persons at all levels of the college - students, faculty, staff, and administrators - including persons of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We strive to create a community of mutual respect and trust, a community in which every and all members and their respective backgrounds, identities, and views are represented without any threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Learn more about Taubman College’s DEI efforts.
Applicants for appointment as a tenure-track assistant professor should have, or should be within reach of completing soon, a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning or an equivalent degree from a related discipline. Applicants should also have demonstrated experience in, or demonstrated potential to, conduct research, teach courses, and provide public service in the areas of urban data analysis and technology-based planning.
Applicants for appointment as a professor-of-practice at the assistant professor rank should have at least a master’s of urban and regional planning or equivalent degree from a related discipline, along with demonstrated and recognized professional work experience in the areas of urban data analysis and technology-based planning.
We are particularly interested in candidates with experience or interest in academic innovation as we extend our strengths in on-campus residential education into online learning. In partnership with the University of Michigan’s Center for Academic Innovation, we aim to complement our on-campus face-to-face course offerings with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and online microcredentials to engage a diverse and distributed community of learners.
For full consideration, please submit your materials by Monday, December 2, 2019. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after that deadline until the position is filled.
The letter of interest should indicate the position sought (i.e., tenure-track or professor of practice) and include a short statement on your qualifications to conduct innovative research, your philosophy and experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as well as your academic innovation goals, and your philosophy and experience in engaging community-based public scholarship and service in your area of expertise, highlighting how all of those qualifications speak to the needs for this position.
Current curriculum vitae
Name, title, institution, phone number and email address for three references
We will ask for writing samples and letters of reference at a later stage of the search process. We anticipate this appointment will start on September 1, 2020.
Step Two: Submit an application via http://umjobs.org/ Job ID 179593. You can select an option to apply without a resume or any other attachments. You do not need to complete the work history and education sections.
For questions, please contact the search committee c/o Ms. Ann Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about the program, visit our web site: http://taubmancollege.umich.edu/
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 179593
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