Community Planning Program

Department of Political Science, Auburn University

The Department of Political Science at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the community planning program beginning August 15, 2019.

Candidates must have a degree in urban and regional planning, or a related field, and be able to teach core and elective undergraduate and graduate courses in planning. Candidates should have strong research and instructional skills, and complement the existing teaching strengths of current community planning faculty. Primary teaching responsibility is in the Master of Community Planning program within the Political Science Department. Responsibilities of the appointment include teaching, research, outreach, and service.

The successful candidate will be able to contribute to the core curriculum in the Master of Community Planning program, especially in the areas of urban design and physical planning. Advanced methodological capability in statistical research methods is preferred, including the ability to work with large data sets, GIS, or other spatial methods. Candidates must have strong visual and oral communication skills. Candidates with an interest in engaging with underserved communities in Alabama and the Southeast through outreach, teaching, and applied research are encouraged to apply.

Required qualifications include an earned doctorate in urban and regional planning, urban design, or a related field by the start date for the rank of assistant professor. ABDs will be considered for appointment at the rank of instructor. Candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to teach at least two core courses in the Community Planning program (urban design studio and GIS), as well as electives in the Community Planning curriculum. Strong content and methodological knowledge related to urban design and physical planning, including graphics/visualization techniques is required. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally during employment; excellent communication skills required.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2018. To apply, visit Candidates are required to submit a cover letter outlining their qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vita, graduate transcripts, contact information for three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations (if available), a one-page statement of research program, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and a writing sample.

Auburn University is Alabama’s largest land grant university, enrolling over 29,000 students. The Political Science Department maintains a diverse faculty of 27 tenured and tenure-track members and offers undergraduate degrees in Political Science, Health Services Administration, and Public Administration; a Master’s degree program in Public Administration with graduate certificates in Election Administration, Nonprofit Organizations, and Community Governance; a Master’s degree program in Community Planning; and a Ph.D. program in Public Administration and Public Policy.

Direct questions to Dr. Sweta Byahut, Search Committee Chair, Department of Political Science, 7080 Haley Center, Auburn University AL, 36849 Email:

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