Visiting Professor in Regional Planning

University of California Berkeley

Berkeley, CA
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Faculty Position: Visiting Professor in Regional Planning,

Robert S. Cornish Chair

Department of City and Regional Planning

College of Environmental Design

University of California, Berkeley 

The Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks applications for a Visiting Professor in Regional Planning for the Robert S. Cornish Chair with an expected start date of  August 1, 2023.

The position is open to regional planners with a distinguished background in practice, who have demonstrated a clear and continuing interest in active professional training and practice in the area of integrated regional planning, The successful candidate is expected to advance Robert Cornish's emphasis on regions as a natural framework for managing growth and promoting sustainable futures. The visiting professor should focus on regions within California, and/or compare regional work more broadly, which is policy-relevant.

The holder of the visiting professorship will be expected to teach one course per year and advise students, enhance the relationship between the department and the profession, and aid in bringing experts in regional planning into contact with the department.  We are particularly interested in applicants who center community empowerment and racial justice in their practice, research, service, and/or teaching. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, service, research and/or professional practice.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice (DEIBJ) are core values at UC Berkeley and in DCRP. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. DCRP is historically committed to addressing DEIBJ issues in its hiring, admissions, and curriculum. All successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing DEIBJ in research, practice, teaching, and service.

The Department currently has 16 faculty members along with a number of lecturers. There are approximately 130  master’s students, 35 doctoral students, and 95 undergraduate students in urban studies. DCRP is highly ranked nationally and particularly well known for its MCP and Ph.D. graduates who also can pursue joint degrees, certificates, or designated emphases in other departments based on their degree program and interests. There are strong connections to other departments on campus including geography and civil engineering.  For more information about DCRP see

Compensation: approximately $15,000 to $17,000 per graduate course per year taught and a maximum of one course annually, and must be in residence. The payout will cover an honorarium for the visiting professor and reimbursement for travel.

Basic Qualifications:  Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree at the time of application.

Application materials must be submitted by email to the following by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on  June 30, 2023. Directed to the Search Committee Chair, with “Cornish Chair in Regional Planning” in the subject line. [email protected] [email protected]

Applications must include:

  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A single statement summarizing your professional practice, teaching, advising, research, and service experience. For service, this is broadly defined and may include community-engaged collaborations, volunteering, leadership roles in associations, and advisory boards.
  • A separate statement (though may be related to the above statement) on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice  including information about your understanding of these issues, your record of activities to  date (if any), and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired;
  • Up to three academic, policy, or practice-based publications or reports, if any; and
  • Contact information for 3-5 individuals from whom we may request letters of reference if  needed.* 
  • Teaching evaluations may be requested*

The department is committed to addressing the family needs of its faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional  career paths or who have taken time off, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or the career needs of accompanying  partners and spouses, please visit:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,  sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action, policy see: The department is committed to  addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. Further information is available at

*Letters of reference and teaching evaluations are not needed at this time. Candidates will be notified if letters will be requested by the search committee and if the candidate is to provide teaching evaluations. Further, all letters will be confidential per University of  California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (e.g., dossier service), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality  ( prior to submitting their letters.

Posted May 18, 2023, 3:49 PM PDT

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