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Geography & Sustainable Planning-Urban, City & Regional Planning (Assistant Professor) - College of Liberal Arts and Science

Apply now Job no: 492689
Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Required Qualifications and Education:
Qualifications for the position include a doctoral degree in Urban, City or Regional Planning or closely related field, such as Urban Studies, Sustainable Urban Development or Urban Sustainability. ABD will be considered with Ph.D. or equivalent degree completed by August 31, 2018. Candidates with a doctorate in Geography or closely related disciplines with a strong background in urban, city or regional planning and sustainable urban development with credentials comparable to at least a Master’s degree in Urban, City or Regional Planning, and demonstrated ability to teach introductory and upper-level planning courses are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate dedication to excellence in teaching undergraduate courses in urban and regional planning and land-use planning, have an active research agenda related to planning and sustainability; commitment to continued scholarly and professional growth, and interest in community engagement.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:
Professional experience in urban and regional planning, strong commitment to sustainability, knowledge of urban planning geo-visualization software and ability to use it to enhance teaching and learning, record of published work, and teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:
Duties each semester include a baseline 9 credit-hour teaching load, baseline scholarship and service, and a significant focus area, equivalent to 3 credit hours, typically dedicated to research and scholarship. Teaching responsibilities include an introductory course in urban and regional planning and upper-level courses in land-use planning and environmental planning and/or land-use and planning policy and law.  Employment begins August 6, 2018

Responsibilities – Non-essential Functions:
Desirable but not required functions include advising to the Student Urban Planning Association and willingness and ability to seek extramural funding and develop projects with local planning organizations and other community partners.

Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications

Department/Division:  Geography and Sustainable Planning/ College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The Department of Geography and Sustainable Planning offers the geography major (B.S. and B.A. with emphasis areas in Urban and Regional Planning, Geospatial Technologies, and Environment and Global Development), minors in Geographic Techniques, Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning, and Geography (Sec. Education), and certification programs in GIS Technology and in Sustainable Urban and Regional planning. For more information, see The department sponsors a Student Urban Planning Association, Geography Club and Lambda Omega, a chapter of the International Geographic Honors Society, Gamma Theta Upsilon. 

Campus: Allendale
Our Allendale campus, located on 1,280 acres, is situated near Grand Rapids, recognized as one of the most sustainability planning-oriented communities in the United State, featuring the greatest number of LEED-certified buildings per capita of U.S. cities, and close to pristine sandy beaches of the Lake Michigan. GVSU has been recognized nationally one of "cutting-edge green" colleges and universities by the Kaplan College Guide and one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada by the Princeton Review’s Guide.  It was the recipient of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Recognition Award and the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s National Sustainability Innovator Award. For more information about Grand Valley State University, see our website at

Application Deadline Date:  The review of applications will start January 8, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

How To Apply: Interested candidates should apply online at and click “Apply now”.  A complete application must include in PDF:
1) An application letter that addresses the applicant’s a) teaching interests, philosophy, and experience and how the applicant meets the teaching-related qualifications of the position; b) research agenda, goals and experience, and c) community engagement interests and experience.
2) Curriculum vitae;
3) A copy of graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required for the final selection), and
4) Three (3) letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be sent electronically directly to Amanda Reader at with a copy to (Cc) to Elena Lioubimtseva at The email with a letter of recommendation should include the position title and applicant’s name in the subject line. If you have questions about applying online or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.  Email questions about the position to: Elena Lioubimtseva; Geography and Sustainable Planning Search Committee chair at

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See [Include the following for job advertisements:] TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center 1-800-649-3777.

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