Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Job Posting: Land Use Planning Prof at PSU


Assistant/Associate Professor

Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning

College of Urban and Public Affairs

Portland State University


The Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning invites applicants for a tenure-line faculty position.  We seek an individual with expertise in land use planning, regional planning, growth management and related fields. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning or other appropriate disciplines at the time of application or be able to provide assurance of completion of a Ph.D. prior to appointment.

Successful candidates will have a high level of skill, interest, and experience in land use planning, plan making, methods, plan implementation and planning practice. We are especially interested in candidates whose current and/or proposed scholarship includes a focus on state-level land use systems, such as the Oregon Statewide Land Use Planning program. The new faculty member will be expected to play an active role in the development of a new Urban Planning Institute that will lead discussions about emerging and persistent challenges in urban planning in the city, region, and state. 

Teaching responsibilities may include conventional, online and hybrid undergraduate and graduate courses. The successful candidate will be expected to advise master and doctoral level students, to pursue an active research agenda and to attract external funding in areas related to land use planning. Candidates with substantial professional experience as planners are strongly encouraged to apply and to describe how that experience informs their scholarship, teaching, and engagement.

The review of applications will begin December 1, 2014, and the position will remain open until filled.  Applications should include a c.v. and a letter articulating the applicant’s research, teaching and engagement agenda. Materials should be submitted electronically on the PSU HR website: We prefer PDF files, and filenames should begin with the applicant’s last name (e.g., Bates_application.pdf).  Inquiries (but not materials) can be directed to Professor Lisa Bates, Search Committee Chair, at

The Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning is one of three academic units in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. We offer a B.A./B.S. in Community Development, Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Master in Real Estate Development,  Master in Urban Studies and doctorates in Urban Studies and Regional Science, as well as graduate certificates in Transportation, Urban Design and Real Estate Development.  Finally, dual degree pathways for students interested in both MURP and either MPH or M. Eng. degrees are available. 

Portland State University is a nationally acclaimed leader in community-based learning.  The campus is located along the tree-lined South Park Blocks of downtown Portland.  The University enjoys close working relationships with state, regional, and local governments, private consultants, and progressive and innovative community-based groups.  The Portland region, the state of Oregon, and the Pacific Northwest have received international recognition for their advances in planning and community livability.  Planning in and for this region is accessible and transparent to scholars hoping to make substantial contributions to the field through their work.

In keeping with the President’s diversity initiative, we encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates especially those who are excellent at working cross-culturally or with diverse groups (students and publics). We recognize that diversity maximizes our potential for creativity, innovation, educational excellence and outstanding service to the community. Portland State University supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, employment, housing, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis in law.

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