Associate or Full Professor in Urban Planning (University of Minnesota)

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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota seeks applicants for an Associate or Full Professor position in Urban and Regional Planning who will provide program leadership and who will conduct research in one or more of the following areas: transportation or environmental planning with emphases on climate change, sustainability, and resiliency; workforce and economic development, rural planning, or urban and regional economics; or indigenous planning. Within these broad areas, we are especially interested in candidates who approach their research through an equity lens or who use advanced spatial and data science methods. We encourage candidates who can contribute to research and instruction in other Humphrey School degree programs, including science, technology, and environmental policy; public policy; or international development practice. A social science background in planning along with experience and commitment to engaged scholarship will be highly valued, as well as potential for generating external funding for research. Candidates with professional or lived experience in engaging diverse constituencies in their scholarship are especially encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will generate rigorous and relevant scholarship; teach, design, and deliver core and elective courses in urban and regional planning; and participate fully and collaboratively in a public affairs school committed to training professional and doctoral students for public service, advancing scholarship, and serving our communities.

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is committed to academic excellence and diversity in every facet of its work, and in its mission: to inspire, educate, and support innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse and changing world. The School is ranked nationally of U.S. based schools of public affairs, is NASPAA-accredited, and known for its research and public engagement in local, state, national, and international policy spheres.

The Humphrey School works to enrich the diversity of the University community and encourages faculty applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. Our concept of a diverse community encompasses people with identities that have been historically marginalized in our society and underrepresented in higher education and the realm of public affairs, particularly: scholars from the Global South; Black, Indigenous, and people of color; new immigrants; people with disabilities; women and people of all gender identities and expressions; LGBTQ+ individuals; and first-generation college students. We seek candidates whose approach to teaching and research is innovative and inclusive in terms of structurally or historically underrepresented groups. The Humphrey School also recognizes issues of access and climate for individuals who might encounter barriers based on their religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, or veteran status. We are committed to creating, inviting, and welcoming individuals into an environment where all people have an opportunity to learn and contribute. We seek always to include multiple and potentially divergent perspectives into a common community of inquiry and learning.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a current vita, and the names of three references to be contacted if candidates advance to the finalist stage. A Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree is required in public policy, planning, sociology, engineering, economics, development studies, or other relevant fields.

The letter of interest should address the applicant’s (1) approach to scholarly activities, including integration of their research, teaching, and public engagement; (2) plans for scholarly activities over the next five to 10 years, and (3) approach to providing academic leadership within the MURP program and Humphrey School.
Materials may be submitted through the Humphrey School of Public Affairs website: Associate or Full Professor in Urban and Regional Planning
Job ID: 350805

Inquiries may be directed to the chair of the search committee: Professor Greg Lindsey,

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