Assistant or Associate Professor, Spatial Analytics (University of Pennsylvania)

University of Pennsylvania

The Department of City & Regional Planning at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania welcomes applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Spatial Analytics. The faculty member will be the Program Director of the Master’s Program in Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA). Scholars whose research addresses the intersection of public policy, city planning, and data analytics are particularly welcome to apply.

This position is a full-time appointment (tenure track or tenure, based on experience) with responsibilities for teaching, research, and the administration of the MUSA program.

The Master of Urban Spatial Analytics is a one-year graduate program that teaches students how to use spatial analysis and data science to address the most pressing public policy and urban and regional challenges of our day. MUSA trains the next generation of civic technologists. The program combines coursework on GIS, spatial analysis, data science, statistics, R and python programming, data visualization and web-based mapping with world-class urban focused coursework from across the University of Pennsylvania. The program is administered jointly by the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

The Weitzman School includes City & Regional Planning, Architecture, Fine Arts, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture. The MUSA program is housed in the Department of City and Regional Planning, which also offers a two-year Master of City Planning degree. We welcome the new faculty member to participate in the various research centers located at the School and University.

Minimum qualifications: a PhD in any social science, computer science, or engineering with a specialization in urbanism, geography, spatial analysis, and/or data science. Candidates are encouraged to describe how underrepresented, diverse, and global perspectives are incorporated into their teaching and research and the strategies they use to foster inclusive classroom environments. Applicants are also encouraged to describe their experience establishing partnerships with diverse organizations, government agencies, nongovernmental and/or community-based organizations, community members, and other groups, to address pressing public policy and urban and regional challenges. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.

Application Instructions
Applicants should submit a statement of interest that describes their relevant experience, their agenda for research and scholarship, a curriculum vitae, two recent publications or writing samples, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information for three references who will be contacted at a later date.

Candidates are encouraged to describe how underrepresented, diverse, and global perspectives are incorporated into their teaching and research. In their statement of interest, candidates should identify if/how their research and teaching interests connect with any of the concentrations in city planning and/or other departments across the university. Applicants should also highlight any ways their research, teaching, or external work has been applied in practice.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The position will begin on July 1, 2022, and the selected candidate will be expected to begin teaching in fall 2022.

Applications should be addressed to Vincent Reina, Associate Professor, City & Regional Planning; Chair, Search Committee for Spatial Analytics.

Questions should be directed to Kate Daniel, Department Coordinator, City & Regional Planning, at:

Please apply using this link:

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