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Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning

California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Economic Development
Regional Planning
Urban Design

The City and Regional Planning Department seeks tenure-track assistant professor candidates with a record of scholarship and teaching (either demonstrated or with the potential for success) in planning or urban design. Candidates shall demonstrate the ability to lead community-based comprehensive planning or urban design studios, especially in diverse communities. Candidates shall demonstrate a secondary area of ability in either housing, hazard mitigation, economic development, or active transportation. Teaching includes laboratory (studio) and lecture format courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Learn-by-doing and project-based learning is the preferred teaching model. Studios often require working with real community clients such as cities, counties, or community-based organizations. Candidates shall demonstrate the ability to develop a viable applied research program that complements their teaching, and a commitment to participate in departmental and professional service activities. We are especially interested in candidates committed to supporting the success of first-year, first-generation, and underrepresented students.

The College of Architecture & Environmental Design at Cal Poly is committed to building a diverse faculty of teacher-scholars who collaborate to provide a multidisciplinary and hands-on approach to student learning and applied research. We believe that individuals from diverse backgrounds strengthen our programs and positively impact student success. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply for consideration.


At least one academic degree in planning, landscape architecture, urban design, or architecture. A Ph.D. or professional doctorate is required. ABD candidates may be considered. The candidate must possess professional experience in the field of planning or urban design. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills and research/practice interests. Candidates shall demonstrate an ability to develop a viable applied research program that complements the instructional area of specialization and a commitment to participate in departmental and professional service activities. The candidate must have the ability to communicate effectively, work cooperatively with students, faculty, staff, and administrators from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, conduct themselves professionally, perform appropriate service functions at the department, college, and university level and have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. 


Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in urban planning and teaching and experience in specific areas of program need. 


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: Cal Poly cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, Cal Poly is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.

Review of applications will begin December 9, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Published on:
November 13, 2019 - 5:24pm
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