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Assistant Professor of Planning, Public Policy & Management

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Instruction, Public Policy and Planning

Department: School of Planning, Public Policy and Management
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
Application review begins October 16; position open until filled

Required Application Materials
Applicants will be expected to provide: 1) cover letter describing research, teaching, applied interests; 2) a statement describing how you effectively work with faculty, staff and students from diverse backgrounds, 3) curriculum vitae, 4) any evidence of teaching excellence, 5) contact information for three references, 6) a scholarly writing sample, and 7) a writing sample connected to practice or general community communication.

Position Announcement
The School of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) at the University of Oregon invites applications for an Assistant Professor tenure-track position working on public engagement with diverse communities. Candidates must have strong interests in applied research, teaching, and community engagement work related to creating equitable and inclusive cities.

The complexity of policy problems, diffusion of governance, and increased importance of engaging communities is increasing the need to develop more robust and inclusive participatory processes. Several University of Oregon faculty members are engaged in applied research related to stakeholder engagement, collaborative governance, strategies for public sector coproduction and crowd sourcing, and engaging underrepresented communities.

A particular focus of this hire would be issues affecting communities of color in public and nonprofit decision making. The goal is to build upon current faculty research and help establish the UO as a leader in this area. This position also has the potential to be closely connected to a cluster of sustainability-focused activity led by the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) and integrated into the long history of applied graduate work undertaken by the School’s Community Service Center. The assistant professor will teach courses in undergraduate and graduate programs and conduct applied research that is of broad applicability to academics, policy makers, and practitioners in the planning, policy, and nonprofit sectors.

We seek candidates who will help create an educational environment supportive of staff, students, and faculty inclusive of race, culture, (dis)ability, gender, gender identity, sexuality, religion, or other aspects of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from communities of color candidates.

Department or Program Summary
The School of Planning, Public Policy and Management is a hub for active, innovative, and applied work seeking to understand and influence how society meets its most pressing environmental, social, and economic challenges. We do this throughout all of our endeavors, including a strong and innovative research agenda, a very applied and project-based curriculum, and extensive engagement with key local, state and national partners.

We are a vibrant and growing School that offers masters degrees in Community and Regional Planning, Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and also offer an undergraduate major and several minors. The School has 15 tenure track faculty, 6 non-tenure track faculty, and approximately 20 professionals who teach specialized classes for our programs. The school recently embarked on a strategic review of our research to identify key strengths for building a new PhD program. Our two new hires in 2017-18 are the first steps towards developing this program.

The School and the University also have a strong interdisciplinary reputation. We collaborate regularly with faculty and students in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Economics, Geography, Environmental Studies, Law, Journalism and Business. Much of our applied research is integrated into our graduate curriculum through the Community Service Center, which engages with an extensive network of public and nonprofit clients throughout the Northwest, and the Sustainable Cities Initiative, which is an international innovator in both university-community partnerships for change.

Minimum Requirements
Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in planning, public policy, public administration, urban design, community development or a closely related field, with a focus on social equity, social justice, and inclusive urbanism. A candidate may be ABD if they expect completion of the Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Candidates must have strong research skills, demonstrated potential for a productive research career, commitment to evidence-based decision making, demonstrated excellence in teaching and a passion for putting knowledge into action to address critical societal issues. 

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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