The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota seeks applications for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in urban and regional planning. Recent Ph.D. recipients, candidates who have received their Ph.D. by the time of appointment (August 2019), lecturers, adjunct professors, postdocs, and current pre-tenure assistant professors (early or advanced) are encouraged to apply.

With this search, the Humphrey School seeks scholars with a disciplinary background in urban and regional planning and a specialization in environmental planning. Scholars of public policy, environmental sciences, or social science disciplines who focus on the intersection between urban and regional planning and the environment are also encouraged to apply. In keeping with the Humphrey School’s commitment to cultivate research and pedagogical approaches that honor diversity and inclusion, we seek candidates whose approach to research and teaching is inclusive in terms of race, gender identity, class, ethnicity, sexuality, legal status, and disability. Professional experience working with and prioritizing the interests of historically marginalized communities in planning, and/or research and teaching related to justice and equity in planning, is highly desirable.

Research areas of possible interest include (but are not limited to): U.S. and global environmental planning and policy; sustainable urban development and design; climate change resilience and adaptation; water policy/management; and environmental justice. Candidates should demonstrate a capacity for conducting and publishing scholarly research that is methodologically sound, of high-impact and engaged with environmental planning scholarship, policy and practice. An interdisciplinary orientation and experience integrating environmental planning practice and/or research with infrastructure, urban design, housing, parks and recreation, and/or public health are highly valued.

Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to exceptional graduate-level teaching in urban and regional planning. Possible courses to be taught include Environmental Equity and Justice; Environmental Planning, Policy and Decision Making; Environmental Resiliency and Climate Change; Planning and Participation Processes; or other courses aligned with the candidate’s research interests. Tenured and tenure track faculty in the Urban and Regional Planning program are expected to teach at least one course in the core curriculum of the Master in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree ( The typical teaching load for assistant professors at the Humphrey School is three courses per academic year.

An interest in working complementarily with and across other units at the Humphrey School, particularly the Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) program (, and other colleges and research centers (e.g., the Institute on the Environment) at UMN will be considered positively. Successful candidates should demonstrate capacity to engage practitioners and the public in research, education, and outreach activities, and have an interest in seeking and participating in externally funded research. Additionally, candidates should be able to provide leadership to the Humphrey School’s Master in Urban and Regional Planning and Ph.D. programs and be passionate about preparing students for careers in urban planning and public affairs.

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The School inspires, educates, and supports innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world. The school is NASPAA and PAB-accredited and is ranked nationally in the top ten for schools of public affairs. The School is widely recognized for its role in examining public issues and shaping public policy and governance at the local, state, national, and international levels. The Urban and Regional Planning program at the Humphrey School is known for its creative faculty, dynamic students, and distinguished alumni who collaborate with others to help create resilient and more just communities across the globe. The program has faculty and curricula focusing on community and economic development, environmental planning, housing, land use and urban design, and transportation, with a shared focus in each area on issues of equity and inclusion. The program offers a MURP degree as well as an Urban Planning specialization in a Ph.D. in Public Affairs.
Applications should include curriculum vitae, the names and addresses of three references, a sample of recent research, and a cover letter with a brief account of research and teaching interests and experience.

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 15, 2018. The position will remain open until filled. Please submit applications online at: Address cover and reference letters to: Search Committee for Urban and Regional Planning Area, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, c/o Human Resources, HHH152, 301-19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental, faculty life/disability insurance, and retirement. The starting date for this appointment is August 26, 2019 or as soon thereafter as possible.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, public assistance status, or sexual orientation. The University also recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.