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Assistant Professor

University of Utah

Job Description

The University of Utah, an AA/EO employer, encourages applications from women and minorities, and provides reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees.The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong or demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


Position Information


Proposed Faculty Rank
Assistant Professor

00659 - City & Metropolitan Planning

Salt Lake City, UT

Tenure Track

New Position to Begin

The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning (CMP) within the University of Utah’s College of Architecture + Planning invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in Planning. This position will be a 9-month appointment (1.0 FTE) to begin on July 1, 2023.

We are interested in candidates whose work occurs at the intersection of planning for diverse populations and topics such as affordable housing, local economic development, trauma-informed planning, and planning for climate change. The successful candidate will be able to work across a range of scales from the neighborhood to the region, potentially addressing issues related to the Intermountain West and engaging local urban and rural communities. Our priority is to hire someone interested in collaborating with local community-based organizations such as the University Neighborhood PartnersNeighborWorks Salt Lake, and other organizations representing Utah’s indigenous, immigrant, Latin/x, or Pacific Islander communities. A doctoral degree in Planning, public policy, or a related field is required by July 1, 2023.
The successful candidate will join a dynamic group of engaged faculty members who are recognized leaders in their fields and highly value collaboration and collegiality. This person will also benefit from the University of Utah’s strong commitment to sustainability and interdisciplinary initiatives. The Department’s BA/BS undergraduate degree in Urban Ecology focuses on exploring the interrelationships among social, environmental, and economic systems, aiming to enhance the vitality and sustainability of places and communities. The Urban Ecology degree is also taught at the Utah Asia Campus in Songdo, South Korea. The Master of City and Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) is an accredited professional degree emphasizing ecological resiliency, smart growth, and social justice through effective communication, collaboration, and innovation. The Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design is a research-focused program. The department also offers a Master of Real Estate Development (with School of Business) and Graduate Certificates in Urban Design, Community Engaged Practices, and Real Estate Development. Applicants are encouraged to consult the department website at http://www.plan.utah.edu/.

The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning is committed to building a diverse intellectual community and encourages applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to apply. The University of Utah recognizes that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and to different-sex domestic partners. This institution offers benefits to spouses.

About the University
The University of Utah (the U) is the state’s flagship institution of higher education, with 18 schools and colleges, more than 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs, and an enrollment of more than 32,000 students. In 2019, the University joined the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only, prestigious group of 65 leading research institutions marked by excellence in academic expertise and research impact, student success, and securing resources in support of core missions, which are focused on serving the increasingly diverse student population at the U. In Fall 2021, domestic students of color accounted for more than 30% of the undergraduate population—up from 18% in 2009.
The U is located in Salt Lake City, one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing—economically and culturally—metropolises in the U.S. The city is uniquely situated to offer both unmatched outdoor and exciting urban experiences, with mountain vistas only a few steps away and vast red-rock desert landscapes within reach of a scenic afternoon drive. Additionally, the Utah Asia Campus was established in 2014 and is located in Songdo International Business District in South Korea. Students attending the Utah Asia Campus find the same world-class U.S. academic experience offered at the campus in Salt Lake City.

At the U, you’ll find world-class research, education, and clinical care complemented by a lively social, cultural, and athletic campus experience. An unparalleled spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration, and community service has enabled the U to innovate across fields, pioneer new programs with social impact, generate path-breaking discoveries, fuel critical research, and inspire innovative approaches to education.

The U strives to be a model public university in delivering unmatched value in higher education and health care while making social, economic, and cultural contributions that improve the quality of life throughout the state, the nation, and the world. The U’s reputation for excellence draws top-tier faculty and attracts motivated students nationally and internationally. Students bring diverse experiences and outlooks – representing traditional and nontraditional students alike – thereby enhancing the exceptional educational experience the U offers.

  • Developing and maintaining an ongoing program of scholarly research.
  • Teaching in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, for example, a graduate-level Community Engagement in Planning course and the Westside Studio.
  • Engaging with the Metropolitan Research Center, Center for Ecological Planning and Design, or Health Aging Resilient Place Lab.
  • Developing and submitting research funding proposals to national agencies and foundations.
  • Participating in faculty governance at the department, college, and university levels.


All faculty are expected to conduct research and/or creative work within an R1 university setting. The university policy defining career-line vs. tenure-line faculty is linked here: https://regulations.utah.edu/academics/6-300.php.)

Required Qualifications
  • A record of research in urban Planning or related field.

Preferred qualifications
  • A doctoral degree in Planning or a related field is preferred
  • Teaching experience at the university level.
  • Peer-reviewed research and grant writing experience.

The review of applications will begin on March 15, 2023.

Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Alessandro Rigolon alessandro.rigolon@utah.edu

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