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Affiliate Instructor | URBDP Legal and Administrative Framework for Planning Course

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School / Campus / College: College of Built Environments

Organization: Urban Design & Planning

Title: Affiliate Instructor | URBDP Legal and Administrative Framework for Planning Course

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Position Description

The Department of Urban Design & Planning at the University of Washington, Seattle, is seeking an affiliate instructor to teach URBDP 580 Legal and Administrative Framework for Planning. This is a 5 credit, core course in the Department’s Master of Urban Planning (MUP) program and is required for all second year MUP students. The term of employment is Spring Quarter, March 16 2020- June 15 2020.


The affiliate instructor will serve as the primary instructor for this course and is responsible for shaping the course content; developing and delivering lecturers and/or other instructional activities; assessing student work and assigning grades; responding to student requests and concerns; managing one Teaching Assistant (TA); and performing other duties normally associated with an instructional role of this nature. It is expected that the affiliate instructor will also hold office hours for students to meet outside of the regularly scheduled class time. As per University policy, this position will include non-voting faculty status with the Department.


Course Overview

This class aims to provide the practicing planner with the legal foundations of land use regulation, with particular attention to legal and planning issues in Washington State. Students learn by studying court cases, including landmark federal cases as well as examples of typical state cases, and through in-class lectures. Topics include takings, due process, nuisance, zoning, subdivision, exactions, growth management, environmental review, administrative procedures, and design review. At the end of the class, students should be prepared to review and understand relevant cases and statutes and to identify potential legal issues in professional practice. We are especially interested in an instructor who can examine these topics and the notion of “public interest” through the lens of equity and social justice. We also encourage the use of contemporary issues, including affordable housing, homelessness, gentrification, climate change, environmental protection, and hazard mitigation, to explore the legal aspects of planning decisions and responses.



Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in planning or a J.D.
  • Advanced knowledge of Washington State law regarding planning and land use
  • Demonstrated ability as an instructor or facilitator


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with professional planners or in a planning-related context
  • Knowledge of University student support and academic services
  • Knowledge of UW policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as outlined in the departmental diversity plan UDP Diversity Plan
  • Ability to communicate effectively within multiple cultural environments


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by January 30, 2020.  Applicants should submit the following:

  • Cover letter describing teaching experience
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Sample of representative teaching materials, if available
  • Three letters of recommendation


Questions pertaining to the application process, position, or disability accommodations can be addressed to Larissa Maziak

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