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Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Planning

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: Urban Studies

Title: Assistant Professor of Urban Design and Planning

Position Details

Position Description

The Urban Studies Program at the University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in community based urban design and planning. This is a full-time position with a 9-month service period and begins September 2019 (Autumn Quarter).  Disciplinary background is open; however we are particularly interested in applicants with a demonstrated record of research in the areas of urban social justice, social change, and community engagement, broadly defined.

The successful candidate will be expected to move comfortably between theoretical work and action-oriented practice, integrate inclusive pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching/learning, teach innovative studio style classes in the Urban Design degree program, offer select courses in other Urban Studies degrees as needed, actively participate in service to the university and profession, and promote a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students.

Established in 2001, the Urban Studies Program currently offers degrees leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Urban Development, a Bachelor of Science in Urban Design, a Master of Arts in Community Planning, and a Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies, along with a certificate program in Geographic Information Systems. The Urban Studies Program currently enrolls approximately 140 undergraduate and graduate students and has 13 full-time faculty and lecturers.

One of three campuses of the University of Washington, UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university that shares the University of Washington’s commitment to high quality teaching and research and is committed to participating in the educational, cultural, and economic development of the South Puget Sound.  Located largely in renovated historical buildings in Tacoma’s downtown warehouse district, UW Tacoma serves a diverse population of South Puget Sound students. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty and community members find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. As a program rooted in social justice and equity, Urban Studies is committed to diversity among its faculty and student body.


  • Research and teaching expertise in urban design.
  • Expertise in inclusive planning, participatory action research, and/or similar community engagement practices.
  • A Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) by the time of appointment in urban design, urban planning, or cognate fields (a candidate in the final stages of their dissertation would be appointed on an acting basis).


Initial screening of applications will begin on November 5.  Applications should be submitted electronically through Interfolio Faculty Search.  Questions can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Mark Pendras at or telephone (253) 692-4732.

  • A letter of application addressing qualifications, teaching and research activity. Applicants’ statements should specifically detail  how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success  of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in  their academic field;  applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience  should note how their work will  further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion
  • A curriculum vita
  • Names and contact information of three references

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian,
staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint
( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code
recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal
opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and
responsibilities (