The Urban Studies program and the College of Public Service at Tennessee State University (TSU) invite applicants for a full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor of Urban Studies beginning August 2021. The candidate must possess an earned Doctorate in Urban Studies/Public Policy/Urban Planning/Non-Profit/Public Administration or related Social Science field from an accredited university at the time of appointment (August 2021). This is a full-time position with a 9-month service period that begins in August 2021. We are seeking applicants in Urban Studies/Public Policy/Urban Planning/Non-Profit/Public Administration or related Social Science disciplines with a demonstrated track-record of scholarly research and productivity in these areas. The individual hired for this position will integrate inclusive pedagogical techniques into teaching/learning, teach innovative classes in an undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program in the Urban Studies, actively participate in service to the university and profession, and contribute to a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students.

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary major grounded in the social sciences – drawing from disciplines such as history, economics, political science, anthropology, and public administration – to illuminate the past and future of our cities and society. The Urban Studies Program prepares students to become community-oriented professionals, actively engaged in service in the public, nonprofit, or private sectors. The BS degree in Urban Studies also sets the stage for graduate studies in fields such as Public Administration or Planning. Students pursuing the BS degree in Urban Studies can minor in Nonprofit Management and Leadership or choose electives to build critical skills in areas such as GIS technology. The Urban Studies Program offers three concentrations: Urban Policy & Planning, Urban Diversity, and Leadership and Public Policy. The Urban Studies Program currently enrolls approximately 130 undergraduate students and has 2 full-time faculty.

Tennessee State University (TSU) is a historically black college or university (HBCU), a land-grant institution, and an urban-serving university committed to high-quality teaching, innovative research and participating in the educational, cultural, and economic development of the middle Tennessee area. TSU offers two locations—a 500-acre main campus nestled in a beautiful residential neighborhood along the Cumberland River, and the downtown Avon Williams location, which sits near the center of Nashville’s business and government district. TSU is a community wherein students, staff, faculty, and community members find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth. With a history rooted in social justice and equity, the Urban Studies Program and Tennessee State University are committed to supporting diversity and academic excellence among its faculty and student body.

Job description for this position are as follows
The teaching responsibilities will primarily include, but not be limited to the undergraduate Urban Studies and Nonprofit Management programs. The College of Public Service is located at the TSU Avon Williams Building, part of the TSU campus, in downtown Nashville and awards the following degree and minor: Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies, and a minor in Nonprofit Management, with three concentrations: Urban Policy & Planning, Urban Diversity, and Leadership and Public Policy.

Minimum qualifications for this position are as follows

  • A Ph.D. in Urban Studies or related field.
  • A strong candidate will possess high quality innovative instruction skills, a research agenda, and willingness for university service.
  • Ability to conduct research that is both theoretically grounded and explicitly engaged in applied urban research.
  • The potential to bring to their research critical perspectives on the experiences of underrepresented groups in U.S. higher education or of groups underserved by academic research generally.
  • An interest in supporting students with developing connections between theory and practice.

Application Instructions
Initial screening will begin mid-March 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted electronically through https://jobs.tnstate.edu/ Questions can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Kimberly L. Triplett at ktriplet@tnstate.edu .
For more information about Tennessee State University, please visit our website at: https://www.tnstate.edu/

Special Instructions

  • Employment is contingent upon successfully completing a criminal background check as mandated by Tennessee State University.
  • Official transcripts for positions, which require a post-secondary undergraduate degree, advanced degree and/or certification must be presented upon hire.
  • An unofficial transcript may be attached in the “Transcript” section.
    You will be required to provide names and contact information for three references.

Applicants should include

  • A letter of application addressing qualifications, teaching and research activity. Applicants’ statements should specifically detail how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic field or first-generation students; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Tennessee State University’s commitment to equity and inclusion
  • A curriculum vita
  • Names and contact information of three references
  • Tennessee State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. Tennessee State University faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower-division, upper-division, and graduate education.

Applications should be submitted electronically through https://jobs.tnstate.edu/ Questions can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Kimberly L. Triplett at ktriplet@tnstate.edu .
For more information about Tennessee State University, please visit our website at: https://www.tnstate.edu/