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Assistant Professor of Race and Urbanism

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Urban Studies

Title: Assistant Professor of Race and Urbanism

Position Details

Position Description

The School of Urban Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Race and Urbanism. This is a full-time position with a 9-month service period that begins in September 2021 (Autumn Quarter). We are seeking applicants in any discipline who have research interests as described in the qualifications section. The individual hired for this position will integrate inclusive pedagogical techniques into teaching/learning, teach innovative classes in undergraduate and graduate programs in the School of Urban Studies, actively participate in service to the university and profession, and contribute to a diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff, and students. 

Established in 2001, the School Urban Studies 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 School of Urban Studies currently enrolls approximately 130 undergraduate and graduate students and has 12 full-time faculty.

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 school rooted in social justice and equity, Urban Studies is committed to diversity among its faculty and student body.

 For more information about UW Tacoma, see our website at


  • A Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) by the time of appointment (a candidate in the final stages of their dissertation would be appointed on an acting basis).

  • A research agenda and teaching expertise in race and urbanism focusing on marginalized populations and understanding issues of racial inequalities. We will consider applicants engaged in scholarship in areas such as Black Studies, Indigenous Studies, or Critical Race Studies, or who otherwise use frameworks such as anti-racism, abolition, intersectionality, or decolonizing perspectives to understand the urban condition.  

  • Ability to conduct research that is both theoretically grounded and explicitly engaged in applied urban research. 

  • The potential to bring to their research critical perspectives on the experiences of underrepresented groups in U.S. higher education or of groups underserved by academic research generally

  • An Interest in supporting students developing connections to practice


Initial screening will begin on February 1st, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted electronically through Interfolio Faculty Search.  Questions can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Anaid Yerena,

  • 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 or first-generation students; 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

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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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