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Assistant Professor, Housing and the Built Environment

Posted: 12/19/2018 (Employment)

University of Southern California

Sol Price School of Public Policy

Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis

Tenure-track Faculty Position in Housing and the Built Environment

Position Description and Qualifications:

The University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of housing and the built environment at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.

Applicants should hold an advanced degree in urban planning or a related field. These could include, but are not limited to, public policy, sociology, urban design, geography, environmental or civil engineering, etc. Applicants encompassing a broad range of research agendas are encouraged to apply. Research projects sited domestically and globally are both welcome.

This position is part of a multi-year departmental hiring strategy focused on two complementing and cross-cutting themes. 1) Data and the built environment: We seek cutting edge scholars who will lead planning’s navigation of the new data, visualization, and media landscape in service of the field’s core function at the nexus of human behavior, policy, and the built environment by critically evaluating and adapting new data streams. This innovation could entail novel ways of a) accessing, interpreting, and analyzing data as well as b) innovative ways to communicate, manage, and publicly engage with data. 2) We are equally focused on advancing social justice. We seek new generation scholars who articulate a concrete vision of a more just and inclusive society and actively explore effective strategies. Example research topics could include, but are not limited to, segregation and inequality, algorithmic justice, policing and criminal justice system reform, environmental justice, gentrification and displacement, etc.

Related degree programs offered by the Price School include an undergraduate major in Urban Studies and Planning, a master’s degree in Urban Planning, an Executive Master of Urban Planning, and a PhD degree in Urban Planning and Development.  Our new colleague will contribute to teaching in our planning programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels.

About the Sol Price School of Public Policy:

The mission of the Sol Price School of Public Policy is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad.  We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society, with a particular focus on governance, urban development, and social policy. The Price School offers Ph.D. programs in Public Policy and Management and in Urban Planning and Development; masters’ degrees in Public Administration, Public Policy, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Urban Planning, Health Administration, and Real Estate Development; executive masters’ degrees; and undergraduate degrees.

USC is one of the world’s premiere research universities, and the Price School is a major contributor to the university’s reputation.  We are ranked as the top school in the nation for urban policy. Our school supports an array of thematic research centers with $41 million in active sponsored research, ranking third overall in funded research at USC on a per faculty basis. Much of the school’s research is conducted through its centers, institutes, and research groups. Among them are the Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB), Population Dynamics Research Group, Lusk Center for Real Estate, Price Center for Social Innovation, Bedrosian Center on Governance, Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), Center for Economic Development, Center for Sustainable Cities, METRANS Transportation Center, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, and the Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy.

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Compensation and Benefits:

The University of Southern California offers a competitive salary within an academic environment based on the candidate’s experience and accomplishments. The university also offers excellent benefits to employees, which include: health, dental and life insurance; tuition assistance; disability and retirement plans; credit union membership; and participation in cultural and social events, as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities.

An Equal Opportunity Employer:

USC 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, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

Apply for this Position:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference.  Applicants should also include a succinct statement on fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion. For priority consideration, please submit applications by January 25, 2019.

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Deadline: 01/25/2019

Location: Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis, University of Southern California