Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Environmental Planning Position at SUNY Buffalo

University at Buffalo, State University of New York Faculty Position: 

Environmental Planning

 The faculty of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning invites applicants for a ladder (tenure track) position as assistant professor in the field of Environmental Planning.  Our faculty is part of the School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.  The appointment is expected to commence in August 2016.

 Applications will be accepted now and will continue until an appointment is made. We anticipate that we will identify a short list and invite candidates for interviews on campus starting in November.

We are searching for applicants whose research and teaching interests focus on environmental planning, in any combination of the following:

•             Climate change

•             Ecosystem restoration

•             Environmental issues in central-city regeneration

•             Land use planning

•             Natural environment systems

•             Sustainable development

•             Related fields

By the beginning of the appointment in August 2016, applicants must hold a Ph.D. in planning or a related field. They should have a promising research agenda and a broad appreciation of planning as a profession. They must have a good ability to communicate effectively with students and evaluate student papers in written English. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. 

The selected candidate may be given teaching responsibilities in any or all of our department’s degree programs, described below. We are especially interested in candidates who will become closely involved in the “Environmental and Land Use Planning” specialization within the Master of Urban Planning Program.

The duties of a faculty member involve a combination of research, teaching, and service. The teaching load is two classes per semester, at the graduate or undergraduate level in the general curriculum as well as in his or her area of specialization.  Up to two course-relief opportunities may be available during the tenure-track period. There is an also expectation of service to the department, school, university, and community.

Our Department: With thirteen tenured or tenure-track faculty members, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning is one of two accredited departments in a professional school of about 700 full-time equivalent students.  The Department offers five degree programs: the B.A. in Environmental Design with about 90 students; the accredited Master’s of Urban Planning (M.U.P.) degree with about 90 students; joint master degrees with Architecture, Law, and soon Public Health; and a growing Ph.D. degree in Urban Planning currently with nine students.  The department also participates in administering master’s level studies in historic preservation and real estate development. 

The department is expected to re-enter its fully restored nineteenth-century building on the university’s historic urban campus, by the summer of 2016. We are served by a fine Architecture and Planning Library, and have excellent computing facilities, with a variety of high-performing systems available in labs and studios.

Interdisciplinary Opportunities: The person hired for this position will be encouraged to become involved with the new and expanding “RENEW” Institute at the University at Buffalo, which conducts research and education related to energy, environment, and water. The Institute is university-wide and interdisciplinary, focusing on complex energy and environmental issues, as well as the social and economic ramifications. It helps develop and coordinate innovative research, education and outreach programs. (http://www.buffalo.edu/renew.html).  He or she is also encouraged to collaborate with faculty members in our neighboring Department of Architecture, with which we have close collegial relations, as well as with colleagues in the natural and social sciences and engineering.

The University: With 30,000 students, the University at Buffalo is a Carnegie Class I research university and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).  The university offers 90 Ph.D. and 135 master’s programs, and has outstanding supercomputing, library, and research facilities, including numerous interdisciplinary centers and institutes for faculty collaboration.

The Community: Near our campus is the University Heights neighborhood with coffee shops, eateries, bookstores, and a full array of commercial outlets and services.  The campus is highly accessible, situated on a subway and other transit lines.  Housing opportunities are abundant and affordable. 

With a combined population of 9.7 million, the binational Niagara region of Western New York and Southern Ontario offers a high quality of life and an exceptional setting for engaging planning issues.  The region spans an international border, and includes large cities, varied suburbs, dramatic landscapes, and quiet villages.  Our faculty has an outstanding history of engagement through research, studio teaching, and service with our region’s many communities.

Application: Inquiries and nominations are encouraged as soon as possible and may be submitted via email to ap-envplansearch@buffalo.edu.  Applications must be made via UBJobs at the following link:


NOTE: THOSE INTERESTED IN THIS FACULTY POSITION ARE INVITED TO JOIN US AT AN INFORMATION SESSION AT THE ACSP CONERENCE, AT THE HYATT, IN HOUSTON, IN CONFERENCE ROOM 1, 6TH FLOOR, ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 5-7 PM.  We hope to see you there.  Please address inquiries about the position to Prof. G. William Page, Search Committee Co-Chair, at this custom address: ap-envplansearch@buffalo.edu.  Also please note below that actual application must be made via “UBJobs” at the link at the bottom of this announcement.  If you are just asking about the information session on Friday, please write to Ernie Sternberg at ezs@buffalo.edu 

The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Recruiter.  As such it does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, national origin, creed or religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or marital or veteran status.  Candidates with a disability may request reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process.  Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.



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