The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in community development planning. We are seeking a new colleague whose research and teaching engage with neighborhood change; community organizations; and the city, state, and national institutions and actors that shape neighborhood-level planning. We are especially (but not solely) interested in candidates whose scholarship and practice engage the role of arts, culture, and creative practice in neighborhoods and communities, and on the holistic evaluation of the impact of such practices. We seek a colleague whose work focuses on community development in the United States; individuals with transnational and international interests are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will play an active role in teaching and advising across our department’s four degree programs, and will contribute to the Social Justice undergraduate concentration and Community Development for Social Justice graduate concentration. Based upon the candidate’s expertise and interests, the successful candidate may also contribute to our undergraduate Global Cities concentration and graduate transnational planning stream.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit

In 2013, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning celebrated one hundred years of planning education at Illinois, and has an international reputation for training professional planners and developing future scholars. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a land grant R1 institution. DURP is a unit of the College of Fine & Applied Arts, which provides opportunities for collaboration with scholars, practitioners, and artists, and which also provides opportunities for outreach and engagement via the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and the Krannert Art Museum.

The campus and the Department provide ample support for faculty to conduct interdisciplinary research and innovative teaching. Members of the DURP faculty are involved in a broad array of ongoing research and public engagement activities throughout Illinois, the U.S., and internationally. In addition to DURP’s home in the College of Fine & Applied Arts, the position offers many potential connections in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s 16 major academic units (, as well as connections to other major programs, including the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (, and University of Illinois Extension (
Faculty members in DURP are expected to produce a strong published record of scholarship, and to maintain an active research agenda in their field. The Department places a high value on professional applications that lead to innovations in planning practice, and dissemination of those innovations through scholarly publication and other means of communication. DURP faculty contribute courses to the Department’s four degree programs: Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning (BAUSP), Master of Urban Planning (MUP), Master of Science in Sustainable Urban Management (MSSUM), and Ph.D. in Regional Planning. They also secure funding to support masters and doctoral student research assistants.

DURP currently has 17 full-time faculty members in addition to its adjunct and affiliate faculty, 89 students in the BAUSP program, 55 students in the MUP program, and 18 Ph.D. students. Its curricular offerings span sustainable design and development, community development for social justice, local and regional economic development, and environment and land use, and transportation concentrations, as well as a cross cutting transnational planning specialization. The university ( and departmental ( websites offer additional information.
A Ph.D. in planning or a related field is required. ABD candidates will be considered. The position is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty appointment that begins August 16, 2020. Salary is commensurate with experience.

All applications must be submitted online at Applicants should upload a letter of interest (2-3 pages) that includes the following:

  • A description of your qualifications and interest in the position.
  • A statement of research that highlights the scholarly contribution of your work and plan for the near future.
  • Courses you have taught or are interested to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • A brief description of a course you would like to teach.

In addition, upload a complete curriculum vitae, at least one writing sample, and contact information for three references. To ensure full consideration, the application materials should be received by November 4, 2019.

DURP is strongly committed to increasing the presence of underrepresented groups in the planning profession and the academy. Women and members of underrepresented groups in planning are especially encouraged to apply.

For further information about the position, please contact the Search Committee Chair, Associate Professor Andrew Greenlee, at or 217-333-9069. For further information about application procedures, please contact HR Coordinator Margo Kiener at
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