Visiting Lecturer in Urban Studies (Urban Sustainability) (University of Pittsburgh)

University of Pittsburgh

Job title: Visiting Lecturer in Urban Studies (Urban Sustainability) (University of Pittsburgh)
Hiring institution: University of Pittsburgh
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | United States
Application deadline: 04/01/24

Visiting Lecturer in Urban Studies (Urban Sustainability)

The Urban Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a Visiting Instructor to teach a 3-3 undergraduate course load beginning in academic year 2024-2025 (September 1, 2023 – April 30, 2024). The position supports the Dietrich School of Arts and Science’s Urban Studies Program, which offers a BS in Urban Planning and Geographic Analysis, and a BA in Urban Studies. The Visiting Instructor will offer four sections of Urban Sustainability (two in Fall 2024 and two in Spring 2025), and two elective courses to be negotiated. Urban Sustainability is an existing course in the Urban Studies Program; the Visiting Instructor would have access to existing syllabi and opportunities to collaborate with other faculty members on instruction as well as the flexibility to update and teach the course in ways that highlight their unique experiences and interests. This position is outside the tenure stream and is for an initial one-year term that may be renewable based on need, funding, and performance. Salary and benefits are competitive.

Academic discipline is open, but applicants should have demonstrable expertise in research and undergraduate teaching about current research and methods in urban sustainability. Preference will be given to candidates who have prior experience in undergraduate education, familiarity with learning management systems such as Canvas, and a proven ability to interact effectively with diverse undergraduate student audiences, including social science and engineering students. The ideal candidate’s teaching, mentorship, and service will contribute diverse perspectives and experiences to the department, CGS, and university initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in geography, urban sustainability, urban studies, or a related field.
  • Strong familiarity with current research and methods in urban sustainability.
  • Some experience teaching urban studies courses at the college level.

Preferred Requirements:

  • ABD or PhD in geography, urban sustainability, urban studies or a related field received as of April 30, 2024.
  • Experience as an instructor of record for courses in urban sustainability.
  • Peer-reviewed publications in dimensions of urban sustainability.
  • Experience in community-engaged praxis related to urban sustainability.

Visiting Instructor Duties:

  • Teach two in-person sections of Urban Sustainability in Fall 2024, one section of Urban Sustainability in Spring 2025, and one section of an elective (to be negotiated).
  • Meet with students to provide support for their learning and mentoring, appropriate to their educational needs.

Applications should include:

  1. Cover letter of 1-2 pages, addressed to Michael Glass, Chair. Include a description of your relevant teaching experience and research interests.
  2. Current CV, including a list and location of undergraduate courses.
  3. Teaching Portfolio (8 pages max) which includes a statement of teaching philosophy and/or pedagogical practices, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as student evaluations and/or model classroom assignments).
  4. Diversity Statement, in which you share how your past, planned, or potential contributions or experiences relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion will advance the University of Pittsburgh’s commitment to inclusive excellence.
  5. Contact information (full name, title, and email) for three persons able to provide confidential professional letters of recommendation. (We do not need the letters at this time.)

To apply, visit The requisition number for this position is 24001022.

Review of applications will begin on April 1st 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Michael Glass at

Ranked among the top 5 percent of 1,000 universities in 65 countries and in the top 100 most innovative universities in the world, Pitt is home to more than 5,300 full- and part-time faculty, more than 7,200 full and part-time staff, and nearly 800 research and post-doctoral associates. Over 25,200 undergraduate, 7,000 graduate, and 2,000 doctorate students study at our 5 campuses.

The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and fostering a culturally diverse environment. Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in support of a diverse community are required.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets.

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