Program Director, Planning Program

University of Texas at Arlington - College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs
Arlington, TX
United States
May 5, 2017
Professional Area: 
5-7 years
AICP Certification: 

The College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at UTA invites applications for the position of Program Director, Planning Program, at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure.

The Planning Program at UTA offers an accredited Master of City and Regional Planning, a Master of Real Estate (with College of Business), dual degrees with six other masters programs, and a GIS Certificate. An associated doctoral program, with a separate Program Director, prepares students for academic careers and research positions in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. The college is in the process of introducing new interdisciplinary certificates in urban design, design for health, urban farming, and historic preservation.

In addition to the Planning Program, CAPPA includes academic programs in Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Design, Public Policy, and Public Administration as well as research centers including the Institute of Urban Studies, the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, and Dollars (a newly-awarded University Transportation Center from the US Department of Transportation), the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, and the Digital Architecture Research Consortium. As a whole, the college aims to strengthen urban, ecological, and social fabrics that unleash the inherent potential of places and communities.

UTA is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) region, stretching over eight million-acres and housing the fourth largest population of any metropolitan area in the nation. Continuing to grow, DFW offers a living lab for teaching, research, and outreach, allowing opportunities for UTA faculty and students to learn from the past, engage the present, and truly make a difference into the future. Rapid growth, a vibrant economy, and engaged communities have conspired to make DFW fertile terrain for introducing green infrastructure, innovation districts, smart cities, transit with vital urban hubs, and more. A lively conversation about urbanism occurs throughout the region thanks to a wide range of events sponsored by UTA, the North Texas Commission, the Greater Dallas Planning Council, the Institute for Humanities’ Festival of the City, and many others.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution. With a projected global enrollment of close to 57,000 in AY 2016-17, UTA is the largest institution in The University of Texas System. Guided by its Strategic PlanBold Solutions | Global Impact,UTA fosters interdisciplinary research within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was recently cited byU.S. News & World Reportas having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities.U.S. News & World Reportalso ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans onMilitary Times’2017 Best for Vets list.

CAPPA is seeking a Planning Program Director who will embrace the tremendous potential offered by the combined resources of the university and region to educate planners who can contribute to enhance life quality locally and globally. In tandem with transmitting the skills and knowledge of the planning profession, the Program values the unique perspectives each person brings to creatively interpret and inflect these. With faculty and students, the Planning Program Director is expected to advance the Program by fostering a wide range of research and creative activities, engaging the larger professional community, building support for the Program, and advocating for the Program and for planning generally.

The Planning Program Director should be able to contribute to teaching and research in one or more of the following areas: environmental planning, planning theory, physical planning, urban design, real estate development, historic preservation, and economic development. Depending on area of expertise, the Program Director may oversee introduction of the new certificates. The Planning Program Director should strengthen CAPPA’s capacity to anchor the Sustainable Urban Communities theme of UTA’s strategic plan and contribute to its three other themes: Health and the Human Condition, Global Environmental Impact, and Data-driven Discovery.

Applicants shall hold a Ph.D. in Planning or related field and a Masters degree in Planning, and shall maintain a record of excellence in teaching, research and/or creative work, and leadership/administration. Applicants shall merit appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Preferred qualifications include professional planning experience and AICP certification.

Application Instructions

To apply, applicants should go to  and submit their application, including a letter briefly describing interest in the position, along with career experience and goals, curriculum vitae, appropriate examples of recent works, and contact information for three references. The Search Committee may request additional materials. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the successful candidate is identified. The appointment will begin in Fall 2017. Please address questions for this position to Sara Abraham-Oxford,

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, it is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to promote and ensure equal employment opportunity for all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. UT Arlington is a tobacco free campus.

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