Faculty Position in Metropolitan and Urban Studies in the Global South
University of California, Los Angeles
August 28, 2018
Los Angeles, California
Full Time - Faculty, Pre-Tenure
University of California, Los Angeles Department of Urban Planning Faculty Position in Metropolitan and Urban Studies in the Global South
UCLA's Department of Urban Planning invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Metropolitan and Urban Studies in the Global South, which we consider to include Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We encourage applicants with a broad range of research topics, which might include urban and peri-urban politics and governance, corruption and state capacity, city building and land development, the development industry, global capital flows and urban transformations, violence and policing, displacement and refugee populations, metropolitan infrastructure development and management, urban social movements, and comparative work, especially South-South comparison. We not only welcome scholars from urban studies and planning, but also those trained in other theoretical and methodological approaches, and from multidisciplinary backgrounds.
We expect our new colleague to take the lead in advancing collaborative and interdisciplinary research on cities and metropolitan regions in the Global South with colleagues at UCLA and beyond, in addition to teaching courses in our professional Masters in Urban and Regional Planning program and our new undergraduate major in Public Affairs.
To apply, please submit a brief cover letter, a research statement of less than 500 words highlighting scholarly contributions of recent research and plans for the near future, at least one publication or writing sample, a teaching statement of less than 300 words outlining the content of a class you would like to teach, and three letters of recommendation.
The Department of Urban Planning, in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, currently hosts 16 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, seven affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, four visiting practice faculty, five active professors emeriti, 38 Ph.D. students, 148 master's students, and 60 undergraduate minors across its large, diverse, and highly selective Ph.D., master's, and undergraduate programs. We have a tradition of intellectual leadership in urban and regional studies and design, and our faculty, students, and alumni are committed to social justice and progressive planning ideals.
Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, spectacular climate, as well as high levels of inequality, poverty and homelessness, residential segregation, and traffic. The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary school with highly ranked departments of Social Welfare and Public Policy. All faculty in the Luskin School of Public Affairs (including the departments of Social Welfare, Urban Planning, and Public Policy) have opportunities to participate in current school initiatives in global affairs, digital technologies, the environment, democracy and inequality, global development, Latin American cities, and social justice, equity, and opportunity.
UCLA offers competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members. The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The Department of Urban Planning in particular is committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and scholarship, and we especially encourage candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion must also be included in the application materials.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.
While we expect to appoint at the rank of Assistant Professor, we will consider applicants and appointments at all levels. We expect candidates to hold a Ph.D. in urban planning or a related discipline. The expected start date is July 1, 2019. All materials must be submitted via UCLA Academic Recruit by Thursday, November 1, 2018, to be guaranteed full consideration.