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ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR POSITION | Department of Urban Design and Planning

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School / Campus / College: College of Built Environments

Organization: Urban Design & Planning

Title: ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR POSITION | Department of Urban Design and Planning

Position Details

Position Description

The College of Built Environments (CBE) at the University of Washington (UW) invites nominations and applications to join our faculty as an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning (UDP). This position will teach in the field of urban design & planning at introductory and advanced levels. The primary teaching responsibilities will be in the undergraduate curriculum (including in the Community, Environment, and Planning program, the UDP minor, and the UDP general education curriculum) but may also include graduate level courses in one or more of the department's graduate level programs. Classes may include medium and large lecture-based courses, seminars, and professionally-oriented courses. Though the majority of these courses will be in the UDP department, there may be opportunity to teach in the Department of Landscape Architecture or the college’s interdisciplinary BE curriculum, while also participating in broader curricular development activities within the department and college. The successful applicant will be expected to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching, mentor students and early career instructors/TA's and support a diverse student population. This position will help sustain and expand UDP's capacity to provide excellent courses and learning opportunities that serve a wide variety of students in the department, the college, and the university.



Our department and college are located in the heart of the rapidly growing, diverse, and vibrant Seattle metropolitan region. Our faculty are highly motivated, impact-driven, creative, and collaborative and have a demonstrated history of innovative and successful teaching and curriculum development within an interdisciplinary setting. We believe that justice and equity are essential to developing a more inclusive foundation for the allied design and planning fields. By advancing our efforts to promote an environment that is welcoming to people of all cultures, races, sexes, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and/or expressions, ages, religions, and economic statuses, we are actively striving to make our department and college representative of the community and industries we serve where creativity, critical thinking, and self-expression can not only exist but thrive. This is reflected in the department’s Mission and its Diversity Plan, and is at the core of the college’s Strategic Framework, which is built on collaboration and impact, bold thought leadership, and equitable and just practices. In addition, we are continuing to re-envision the CBE and our departments through equity, inclusion, and access work, including ongoing diversification of our curricula, faculty expertise, and college-wide programming. Successful candidates will be expected to advance these values.


Responsibilities & Terms

 This is a full-time 9-month (Sept 16th - June 15th) appointment with an anticipated start date of January 2, 2023. The expectation for this position is to teach 6-7 classes annually. Teaching faculty are expected to be on campus during the academic year to teach courses, mentor students, and engage in service activities, including advising students, assisting with student organizations, and serving on departmental and college committees. This position is for an initial three-year term with the possibility of multi-year renewal. The position provides full access to the employee benefits offered by UW and is promotable to Associate and Full Teaching Professor. The position is not eligible for tenure.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree (or foreign equivalent) in Urban Design and Planning or a related discipline
  • A record of excellence in teaching large, medium, or small classes that appeal broadly to students across multiple disciplines relevant to the built environment
  • A record of curriculum development and innovation, particularly at the undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated ability to teach basic design and planning skills
  • A record of successfully integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion content and practice into the classroom


Applicants to this position should send all application materials to: To upload materials, applicants will receive a free Dossier account. For help signing up for a Dossier account, accessing your account, or submitting your application, please review Interfolio's help and support section or contact via email at or phone (877) 997-8807. Position is open until filled; priority given to applications received prior to September 18, 2022.

Applicants should submit the following information:

  • Curriculum Vitae (5 pages maximum);
  • Letter of interest outlining your interest in the position and career objectives (2 pages maximum);
  • A statement describing your teaching experience and philosophy (1 page maximum);
  • A statement describing your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access as they relate to your teaching, service, and/or mentoring (1-page maximum);
  • Teaching Portfolio with examples of syllabi, course assignments or other classroom products, and other examples of teaching innovation and excellence (20-page and 20-MB maximum)
  • A statement describing courses of interest in the Urban Design and Planning or its undergraduate major, Community, Environment and Planning (CEP), and a brief description of a new course of interest to you (1-page maximum);
  • Three references (contact information only, formal letters will be requested at the last stage of the interview process).


Questions about the position may be directed to the Departmental Chair, Christopher Campbell at or by mail addressed to the Urban Design and Planning Faculty Recruitment Committee, College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Box 355740, Seattle, WA 98195.


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Commitment to Diversity

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For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application, please check out Interfolio's help and support section or get in touch via email at or phone at (877)997-8807.

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