The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) at Arizona State University invites applications for one full-time, tenure-eligible position at rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will be located on the Tempe Campus with an anticipated start date of August 2020. This position is part of the Southwest Borderlands Initiative (SWBI), an ASU long-term effort to enhance existing university scholarly and instructional resources in the Southwest Borderlands, U.S. Mexico, and tribal communities.

The successful candidate will teach in our undergraduate, masters, and doctoral planning programs in a variety of modalities (classroom, hybrid, and online) and maintain an active research agenda producing peer-reviewed publications. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop an externally-funded research program, mentor at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels, participate in service to the university and profession, and build productive relationships with faculty both within and beyond the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.

We seek a colleague who will promote cultural competence and awareness in the context of the US-Mexico border and the increasingly Latinx cities and neighborhoods in the US Southwest. We encourage applications from individuals with expertise on any planning-related topical area, but are especially interested in growing capacity in one or more of the following areas: urban equity, public health, housing, community development, environmental resilience, and economic development.

The School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) advances geospatial knowledge for a complex world, emphasizing education, research, and applied solutions to urban and environmental problems. SGSUP houses research centers, including The Spatial Analysis Research Center, Center for Global Discovery and Conversation Science, and the Urban Climate Research Center, and has recognized strengths in urban planning and social equity, transportation, earth surface processes, urban systems analysis, and human environmental systems. SGSUP’s personnel includes 40+ faculty (4 members of the National Academy of Science), approximately 150 graduate students, and over 1,000 undergraduate students. SGSUP has a PhD in Urban Planning, an accredited professional Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning, an MA and PhD program in Geography, a Master of Advanced Studies in Geographical Information Systems, and graduate certificate programs in Transportation and GIS. Undergraduates major in urban planning, geography or geographical information science, and majors and non-majors alike can obtain a certificate in Geographic Information Science. SGSUP is a major participant in the instructional and research activities of ASU, and have faculty affiliated with many other schools across the university.

ASU is a research-intensive university with outstanding research facilities and infrastructure support. Recently ranked #1 as the nation’s most innovative school, the university’s location within the large and fast-growing Phoenix region provides a rich context for applied research and community engagement around issues of urban renewal, gentrification, residential segregation, socio-environmental vulnerability, employment and poverty, migration and citizenship, health disparities, political engagement, and social equity. We invite you to learn more about the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and Arizona State University by visiting and Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Urban Planning or related field by the time of appointment
  • Demonstrated potential to establish a research program
  • Well-articulated commitment to excellence in teaching
  • Commitment to advancing ASU’s Southwest Borderlands Initiative

Desired Qualifications:

  • A research focus with the potential to advance the mission of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
  • A demonstrated record of research publication in peer-reviewed literature
  • Experience in the development and writing of successful research proposals
  • Experience or interest in teaching in a variety of modalities (e.g., in-person and online) Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities

The initial deadline for accepting applications is January 10, 2020. If not filled, reviews will occur every week thereafter until the search is closed. To apply, candidates must submit the following materials online at

(1) a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest,
(2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae that includes a complete publication record,
(3) an outline of future research plans (not to exceed one page),
(4) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (not to exceed one page),
(5) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence (not to exceed one page), and
(6) the names and contact information (including email addresses and phone numbers) for three references.

This is a paperless search, and only materials submitted electronically as outlined above will be considered. Please ensure that all application materials adhere to stated length limitations. All application materials will be held in confidence. Questions related to the search may be addressed to Dr. Deborah Salon, Chair, Search Committee at

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

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