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Assistant Professor in Planning

Apply now Job no: 494688
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Landscape Arch & Regional Plan
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

 

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description:

We seek scholars who are using new sources of information and innovative analytical methods to answer questions in the areas of land use and/or economic development planning.  Candidates with a specialization in data analytics, land use modeling, geographic information systems (GIS), transportation and economic development are especially encouraged to apply. Teaching responsibilities will consist of both graduate and undergraduate classes, with potential courses including: quantitative methods in planning, spatial modeling/GIS, economic development, planning studio, regional or international planning, and a research seminar.  Candidates are expected to develop an independent research program with external funding and have the opportunity to build departmental and inter-departmental interdisciplinary collaboration with departmental centers and other campus-wide initiatives, such as the School of Public Policy and Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). 

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Requirements:

A doctoral degree in planning or a Masters in planning with a Ph.D. in a closely-related field is required.  Professional experience in urban and regional planning and/or AICP certification is desirable.  Preferred qualifications include: a demonstrated capacity for teaching; professional experience in planning and/or AICP certification; a demonstrated capacity for scholarly research; and a demonstrated ability to attain external funding to support research.

Additional Information:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning is one of the few programs where planning and design are in the same academic department, and enjoys a national and international reputation with a focus on sustainability.  We are a collegial department with a new, award winning building and investment by the university.  The Department has accredited programs in Regional Planning (MRP) and Landscape Architecture (MLA, BSLA).  We also offer a PhD in Regional Planning, a B.S. in Sustainable Community Development and an Associate’s degree in Landscape Contracting.  The Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning is located in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Application Instructions:

Please include a letter of interest including your research and teaching interests and experience, a comprehensive curriculum vitae, selected samples of publications, and the contact information for three references (including name, title, address, telephone number and email).

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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