Assistant Professor of Urban, City and/or Regional Planning - Grand Valley State University

Hiring Organization: Grand Valley State University
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Application Deadline: January 8, 2018

Professional Area


1-3 years.
AICP Certification

Salary Range

Competitive and commensurate with qualifications.
Required Qualifications and Education

Qualifications for the position include a doctoral degree in Urban, City or Regional Planning or closely related field, such as Urban Studies, Sustainable Urban Development or Urban Sustainability. ABD will be considered with Ph.D. or equivalent degree completed by August 31, 2018. Candidates with a doctorate in Geography or closely related disciplines with a strong background in urban, city or regional planning and sustainable urban development with credentials comparable to at least a Master’s degree in Urban, City or Regional Planning, and demonstrated ability to teach introductory and upper-level planning courses are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate dedication to excellence in teaching undergraduate courses in urban and regional planning and land-use planning, have an active research agenda related to planning and sustainability; commitment to continued scholarly and professional growth, and interest in community engagement.

Preferred Qualifications and Education

Professional experience in urban and regional planning, strong commitment to sustainability, knowledge of urban planning geo-visualization software and ability to use it to enhance teaching and learning, record of published work, and teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions

Duties each semester include a baseline 9 credit-hour teaching load, baseline scholarship and service, and a significant focus area, equivalent to 3 credit hours, typically dedicated to research and scholarship. Teaching responsibilities include an introductory course in urban and regional planning and upper-level courses in land-use planning and environmental planning and/or land-use and planning policy and law.

Employment begins August 6, 2018

Responsibilities – Non-essential Functions

Desirable but not required functions include advising to the Student Urban Planning Association and willingness and ability to seek extramural funding and develop projects with local planning organizations and other community partners.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply online at GVSU Jobs.

A complete application must include in PDF:

  1. An application letter that addresses the applicant’s a) teaching interests, philosophy, and experience and how the applicant meets the teaching-related qualifications of the position; b) research agenda, goals and experience, and c) community engagement interests and experience.
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. A copy of graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required for the final selection), and
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be sent electronically directly to Amanda Reader at with a copy to (Cc) to Elena Lioubimtseva at The email with a letter of recommendation should include the position title and applicant’s name in the subject line. If you have questions about applying online or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

Email questions about the position to: Elena Lioubimtseva; Geography and Sustainable Planning Search Committee chair at Grand Valley State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for racial and ethnic minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. University policy extends protections to additional identities. 

Application Deadline Date: The review of applications will start January 8, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

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