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Chair, Urban and Regional Planning Program

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning - University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
United States
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The University of Michigan Urban and Regional Planning Program invites applications for a new faculty member to be appointed at the tenured associate or full professor level to serve as program chair for a three-year renewable term. The new chair will lead a diverse planning program committed to the pursuit of greater opportunities for all people and resilient and sustainable societies through innovative scholarship, engaged learning, and meaningful service. The program is comprised of 22 faculty, 77 master’s students, and 20 PhD students, and is ranked as a top 10 planning program. 

The program chair is the administrative leader of the Urban and Regional Planning Program with responsibility for instructional, budgetary, admissions, and recruitment activities. Areas of specialization are open. In the coming years we will pursue online and alternative-degree offerings, and develop new initiatives in urban data and technology, equitable and sustainable real estate development, and climate resilience. We seek a chair whose achievements in research, practice, and/or teaching equip them to lead this work in partnership with faculty and administrative colleagues across the college.

Taubman College and Urban Planning at Michigan
For over 100 years, the mission of Taubman College has been to prepare students for positions of responsibility within a wide spectrum of professions, organizations and institutions whose goals are to improve the quality of our lives and the built environment. The college offers professional degrees in urban and regional planning, architecture, and urban design as well as a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning and in architecture. College facilities include a Digital Fabrication Lab, the Spatial and Numeric Data Services Lab, the Liberty Research Annex, and the Detroit Michigan Research Studio. The college recently completed the new A. Alfred Taubman Wing, adding 36,000 square feet that includes faculty offices, new classrooms, and event space. Located on the University of Michigan’s North Campus, the college benefits from the many resources of the broader university. The University of Michigan consistently ranks as one of the best public universities in the U.S. and currently is the #1 public research institution in the United States according to the National Science Foundation.

The Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Michigan empowers faculty, students, and community partners to promote social justice and enhance sustainability through urban and regional planning. We pursue innovative and applied scholarship, multi-disciplinary and engaged learning, and meaningful public service. We offer graduate certificates in Real Estate Development, Healthy Cities, and Urban Informatics as well as undergraduate courses.

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

Desired qualifications include:

  • A Ph.D. degree in urban planning or a closely related field such as geography, environmental studies, social work, or public policy, and/or a distinguished record in field changing practice
  • Tenurable at an academic institution, with experience in a faculty appointment
  • A demonstrated ability to secure research funding 
  • Experience in a leadership position
  • A sustained interest in collaborating with disciplinary and interdisciplinary colleagues to design and engage in research projects
  • Commitment to research and publication that informs teaching and learning in a program with a diverse student body

Application Instructions:

For full consideration, please submit your materials by Monday, December 2, 2019.

Step One:
Applicants should visit and submit the following items:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Name, title, institution, phone number and email address for three references

Step Two:
Submit an application via Job ID 179587. 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 [email protected].
For further information about the program, visit our web site: 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Published on:
October 15, 2019 - 3:20pm
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