The VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs Urban/Regional Studies and Planning Program invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning or a related field by the time of appointment (ABDs will be considered subject to demonstration of timely progress towards degree completion and the completion of all requirements for the PhD degree before the start of the appointment).

Our interest is in productive scholars and researchers with an active research agenda in the field of environmental planning focusing on topics such as climate change adaptation, coastal planning and resiliency, and environmental social movements who show a commitment to high-quality instruction and contribute to the strength and diversity of our faculty. We are especially interested in candidates who have an expertise in the social impacts of environmental issues, bring a global perspective to environmental planning, and/or approach environmental planning with a focus on diversity and equity.
The faculty will complement and expand our existing expertise in the field of Urban and Regional Planning.

Successful candidates join an accredited program and teach within the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Studies, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, certificate in Sustainability Planning, and may contribute to the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration. The candidate will be expected to carry a teaching load of four 3-credit courses a year (2/2), including core and elective courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The selected candidate will demonstrate leadership in developing techniques to meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles and intellectual interests, while also participating in service activities in the School and in relevant communities. For additional information, please visit

Applications should be submitted to, and include a cover-letter, a detailed CV with the names and contact information of three references, one example of scholarship, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with priority review beginning October 15, 2019.

A demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU is required.

“Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.”

The Wilder School’s vision is to be the premiere resource for public policy expertise and social equity in public safety, governance and economic and community development.Ranked 39th among the nation’s public affairs schools, the Wilder School has over 1,500 students and more than 11,000 alumni, with an established environment where diverse perspectives thrive and where a common interest in public service and the betterment of society unites these perspectives together. Our academic excellence attracts the highest quality faculty, staff and students, and our graduates are leaders in their professions.

Our location in Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, combined with our proximity to Washington, DC, provides numerous opportunities for engaged scholarship, teaching and community engagement activities. A creative, interdisciplinary School with both academic programs and training/research centers in the social sciences and professional arenas, we reflect the diversity of the communities we serve providing students and faculty with the knowledge, skills, opportunities and experience necessary for success. For additional information about the Wilder School, please visit our website at

Contact: Niraj Verma, Search Chair (