Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning (University of Central Florida)

University of Central Florida

Job title: Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning (University of Central Florida)
Hiring institution: University of Central Florida
Location: Orlando, Florida | United States
Application deadline: Open until filled

Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Planning

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The Opportunity

The School of Public Administration in the College of Community Innovation and Education (CCIE) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track assistant professor position, anticipated to begin in Fall 2024.

The selected candidate will contribute to the School of Public Administration’s mission by adding research and teaching expertise in the PAB Accredited Master of Science Urban and Regional Planning program. The ideal candidate will be able to teach multiple of the core planning masters courses at the graduate level. The ideal candidate will also be expected to contribute to the School’s Ph.D. in Public Affairs program. The ideal candidate should be highly motivated and proficient in the urban and community planning discipline and active in planning professional associations.

The School of Public Administration is particularly interested in candidates who have practical experience working in the planning field. We are open to scholars with research expertise in any area of planning. We welcome candidates from a wide range of academic disciplines, theoretical orientations, and methodological approaches. Experienced assistant professors are encouraged to apply.

The highly ranked School of Public Administration offers NASPAA accredited Master of Public Administration and Master of Nonprofit Management (first accredited nonprofit program in the world by NASPAA) programs, a PAB accredited Master of Science in Urban & Regional Planning, a Master of Emergency and Crisis Management, a Ph.D. in Public Affairs, undergraduate public administration, nonprofit management, and emergency management degrees, a first of its kind international dual degree in Public Administration/Nonprofit Management, and graduate and undergraduate certificate program and minors (Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Nonprofit Management, Public Administration, and Urban and Regional Planning). The School of Public Administration has one of the largest PA programs in the Southeast with active partnerships with state and local government and community nonprofit agencies. The School of Public Administration is housed in the College of Community Innovation and Education and is located in the state-of-the art facility with access to full equipped multimedia classrooms at the UCF Downtown Orlando campus.

CCIE is a one-of-a-kind academic unit with distinct, interdisciplinary expertise and potential for partnership with community stakeholders, conceived to address societal challenges and work alongside the community.  Established in 2018, the college offers undergraduate and graduate programs on the main campus and UCF Downtown.  At the heart of the college’s mission is the institutional commitment to transform lives and strengthen society by developing a unified vision and innovative solutions to complex social issues.  CCIE promotes innovation through state-of-the-art interdisciplinary research with social impact, contemporary teaching and learning practices, and preeminent service for the disciplines, the institution, and the community.

Located in Orlando, Florida, UCF is classified as a Very High Research Activity (R1) university by the Carnegie Foundation. With a diverse student body of more than 70,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the country. The university offers more than 220-degree programs.  UCF is committed to diversity and was designated a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2019.  For more information, visit

Minimum Qualifications:

A Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Urban and Regional Planning or a related field by time of appointment. Candidates with ABD status are expected to complete their PhD degree requirements by time of appointment.

The selected candidate must also have a record of an active and sustainable research agenda with a focus in their field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to teach Global Cities and the Capstone/Studio project, conduct applied research projects with students, and engage in program development.
  • Candidates with academic experience (teaching, GRA).
  • Candidates with demonstrated success in publishing high-quality research articles in top-tier international and national refereed journals or those who have completed a post-doc with an associated record of publication in the preferred research areas.
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of students and faculty and to engage community stakeholders.
  • Membership in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and active in professional associations.
  • Has a research focus in one or more of the following areas: land use, environmental planning, and climate change; urban analytics and visualization; housing and community development; urban design and place making; social and economic development; transportation and mobility; global dimensions of planning; planning history/theory and policy.

Additional Application Materials Required:
UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website,  In addition to the online application, candidates are to upload a current curriculum vitae to be considered for this position.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to provide a cover letter/statement of interest.

Candidates should be prepared to provide contact information for three (3) professional references and transcripts upon request.  The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be simultaneously uploaded. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Questions regarding this search may be directed to:  Chris Hawkins, Ph.D. Search Committee Chair. 407-823-2706.

Special Instructions to the Applicants:


Job Close Date:

Open until filled.

Note to applicants: Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled‘ may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 240-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete online programs leading to bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, Ph.D.’s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

Your assistance with the University of Central Florida’s Affirmative Action Plan implementation is appreciated. The University collects VOLUNTARY declarations of race and gender and uses the information to compile statistics on recruitment success. If you choose to assist, your demographic information will be used only for affirmative action.

The University of Central Florida is an equal opportunity, equal access, and affirmative action employer.

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