The Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University seeks an outstanding scholar in urban studies, at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track).

GSU has developed an ambitious plan to prioritize urban studies with an interdisciplinary reach across the University’s schools and colleges. The Institute’s goals are to conduct top-level research, develop an innovative and specialized curriculum, and engage with stakeholders in the Atlanta metro region. The Institute’s research agenda ranges from local to global scales and is particularly geared to comparative urban approaches and to the theme of urban inclusive development.

The candidate must have a strong affinity and familiarity with the interdisciplinary field of urban studies; have specialized (theoretical and empirical) knowledge of questions of affordable housing and/or mobility; have the ability to conduct research that is of high scholarly value and policy relevant; have strong quantitative and GIS skills; and be attuned to comparative approaches. A PhD in urban studies, urban planning, geography, or a comparable field is a requirement for the position.

The candidate will be appointed as core faculty (tenure-track) in the Institute. She/he will be expected to maintain high levels of publication and external funding, and to take an active part in building a top-rated Institute. The candidate will be involved in the development and teaching of innovative courses in the new Urban Studies program, and will play a vital part in the future direction of the Institute.

The Institute also comprises affiliated faculty from across the University, especially the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Public Health, and the College of Law. Additionally, it houses postdocs, PhD students, and supporting staff who actively represent the Institute in the Atlanta region.

Applications should be addressed to Search Committee, Urban Studies Institute, Georgia State University and must be sent via email to: At the time of offer, a background check will be required. The application must consist of a single PDF file containing (1) a letter of application including statements on research and teaching, and the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three referees; and (2) a current CV. The PDF file name should include the applicant’s last name. Review of applications will start on July 24, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Salary will be competitive.

The Urban Studies Institute is presently housed in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, ranked among the Best Graduate Schools for Public Affairs in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report. Located in downtown Atlanta, its students, alumni and faculty work to advance economic opportunity, human rights and social justice around the world.

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Georgia State University is a major urban institution with more than 50,000 students. GSU is recognized as a national leader in student success and in graduating students from diverse backgrounds. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked GSU as the 4th most innovative school in the nation. Atlanta, with a metro population of nearly six million, is among the 10 biggest urban regions in the country. Given its unique civil rights history and its current rapid growth and transformation into a large, international city region, it provides an exciting laboratory for urban research.

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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