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Urban and Regional Planning – Assistant Professor
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Urban and Regional Planning – Assistant Professor

The Urban and Regional Planning (URP) Graduate Program in the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is seeking applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position beginning in August 2021. The successful candidate will be active in the field of urban data analytics, with an emphasis on smart and connected cities and infrastructure. This faculty member will join a rapidly growing group of transdisciplinary scholars at UTSA who are committed to the broad field of data science. The position will further provide an opportunity to help launch an Urban Science Institute and to collaborate with scholars from the recently established UTSA School of Data Science. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

The URP Graduate Program offers a 48-credit hour Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (M.S. URP), taught with support of the Department of Public Administration in the College for Health, Community & Policy; a dual M.S.URP/M.Arch degree; and a 15-hour professional certificate in Urban and Regional Planning. The program also supports The Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research, which provides a platform for faculty and students to generate new knowledge of the forms, processes, and impacts of urban growth.

The Urban and Regional Planning program resides on UTSA’s Downtown Campus, located in the heart of beautiful and historic San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio—along with Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth—comprises one leg of the Texas Triangle, an exploding megaregion whose population will grow from 15 to 25 million residents in the coming decades. The City of San Antonio, already the seventh-largest city by population in the United States, expects to add 1.1 million residents over the next 25 years, making it one of the fastest growing large cities in the nation. UTSA is one of thirteen institutions within the larger University of Texas System, the second largest public university system in the United States. In 2017, UTSA President Taylor Eighmy launched a Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan that commits the university to ten-year growth targets of 45,000 students and 2,000 faculty, plans that include the formation of a transdisciplinary Urban Science Institute.

Within this dynamic urban and academic setting, the new faculty will help establish the Urban and Regional Planning program as a leading source for urban research and academic thought, while contributing to the already vibrant planning discourse at the metropolitan and regional scale.
Specific responsibilities will include research, teaching, and service to the URP Graduate Program, College, and University. The successful candidate will have the ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse urban population and be committed to advancing the
University’s mission as a Hispanic-Serving Institution.

Required Qualifications:
A. PhD in Urban and Regional Planning or related field from accredited institution. ABD candidates will be considered.
B. Active in field of urban data analytics
C. Potential to establish a clear research program
D. Potential to teach and mentor first-generation or underrepresented students

Preferred Qualifications:
A. Ability to establish a research program related to housing, smart and connected infrastructure, or urban design
B. Membership in American Institute of Certified Planners
C. Record of excellence in university-level teaching
D. Record of excellence in professional practice or community outreach
E. Record of excellence in transdisciplinary research

Required Application Materials:
A. Letter of Interest: describe areas of expertise and qualifications for position (1-page limit)
B. Curriculum Vitae
C. Research and Teaching Statement: include specific plans for publication, funding, and role that diversity and inclusion plays in an academic environment (3-page limit)
D. One Sample Publication: provide an article, chapter, submitted manuscript, or similar
E. List of Three References: include email and telephone contact information

Applicants should submit their application packages to: UTSA Job Portal. The review of applications material will begin on the preferred deadline of October 30, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

The selection process will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of faculty recruitment procedures of the University of Texas at San Antonio, which is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Applicants who are selected for interviews must be able to show proof that they will be eligible and qualified to work in the United States by time of hire.

For information, please contact:
Ian Caine, Chair, URP Faculty Search Committee Associate Professor, Department of Architecture
UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd
San Antonio, TX, 78207 Email: ian.caine@utsa.edu