Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban Planning

Duties: The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs is pleased to invite applicants for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Urban Planning, with the possibility of extension. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2021. The position will be teaching-focused, with a 3-4 course load per semester that may include both undergraduate and graduate courses in planning, housing, neighborhood and community development, social justice, and urban studies. The faculty member will also serve on appropriate faculty committees.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in urban studies, urban planning, geography, public policy, or related area. Demonstrated successful college-level teaching experience that aligns with the teaching needs of the Levin College. Ph.D. must be conferred by July 1, 2021.

Preferred: Experience teaching courses in one or more of the following areas: housing policy, neighborhood and community development, equity and social justice, GIS, research design, public service delivery/management, or related topics. Prior experience with remote and on-line teaching formats. The ability to contribute through teaching and/or service to the diversity, cultural sensitivity, and excellence of the academic community.

The Levin College and Cleveland State University:
The Levin College is ranked among the top schools of urban affairs in the nation. Located in downtown Cleveland, Cleveland State University enrolls over 16,000 students.

We are a large, multidisciplinary faculty, offering 12 degree programs at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate levels ( Our degree programs emphasize critical thinking and development of core competencies in relevant knowledge and practice. Our faculty members are leaders in their respective fields. The faculty is committed to engaged learning that offers students opportunities to interact with organizations and communities in the Greater Cleveland area.

How to Apply:
Applications will be exclusively accepted online at Mailed or emailed application materials will not be accepted. You will be asked to complete your name and contact information, and upload documents. Candidates must submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement that describes their interest in teaching at the Levin College, the undergraduate and graduate courses currently offered at the Levin College the candidate is qualified to teach, research expertise, and service interests
  • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement. Cleveland State University is an urban campus serving a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student body. Diversity is extremely important to CSU. Explain your experience serving diverse students and how you will make a positive contribution to CSU’s diverse community. For applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience, note how your work will contribute to CSU’s commitment to diversity and mission as an urban serving university.
  • Sample syllabi, preferably from two different courses that the candidate has taught
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (this may include summaries of student evaluations or peer teaching evaluations)
  • Contact information for three references that can speak to the candidate’s teaching experience.

Candidates may also submit a COVID-19 impact statement to describe any pandemic-related impacts to the candidate’s teaching experience.

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs webpage can be found at

Administrative questions can be directed to Mary Smith at Further information on this position can be obtained by contacting Dr. Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, Associate Professor and Search Committee Chair, at

Preference will be given to applications completed by February 8, 2021. Hiring is contingent upon maintaining existing levels of funding from the state of Ohio. Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to criminal background.

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.