Assistant or Associate Professor

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Job description


The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor with demonstrated ability to obtain research funding and publish high-quality peer-reviewed research. This position will begin in Fall 2015. We seek a colleague with expertise in several of these areas: community and economic development, community engagement, social equity, housing, transportation, environmental planning, smart growth, real estate development, and public finance. The successful candidate will apply mixed methods and 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 communities. The appointee will teach courses and play an active role in the Ecological Planning Center and/or Metropolitan Research Center. A doctoral degree in planning or a related field is required before fall semester 2015.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic group of 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 offers Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees as well as a Master of Real Estate Development (with School of Business) and Graduate Certificates in Urban Design, Historic Preservation, and Real Estate Development. The Masters degree is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board. Applicants are encouraged to consult the department website at

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.

Review of applications begins immediately and the appointment will begin July 2015. Please address questions regarding this position to Reid Ewing, Search Committee Chair, email: [email protected].

New Position to Begin: July 1, 2015

How to apply

Apply online

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)

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.Notice: 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. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in 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.

The University of Utah MPA Program, established in 1976, recently celebrated 30 years of success. The first MPA degree was awarded by The U. in 1977. Since then, the U.'s MPA Program has established a strong local, regional and national reputation, producing alumni in all fields of public and nonprofit administration.