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Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Urban Planning

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) seeks outstanding faculty candidates for multiple positions. We are looking for individuals who can enhance our efforts to improve the quality of life in and resilience of the world’s urban regions through planning, design, and policymaking.
We invite applications from individuals engaged in innovative research, teaching and practice, who can contribute to the department in one or more of the following areas:

  • Informal Settlements and Urban Development
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Environmental Policy and Ecological Planning
  • Community and Land Use Planning
  • Spatial Modeling and Urban Analytics  

As a multi-disciplinary department with students from around the world, we welcome candidates from fields such as planning, economics, sociology, law, and ecology; we also encourage applicants with international expertise, including those with knowledge of the Global South.
Initial appointments are expected to be made at pre-tenure ranks, although in exceptional cases we will consider more senior tenured candidates.  Successful applicants will be expected to engage with students from the department’s undergraduate, professional masters (MCP), and doctoral programs.
Basic qualifications include a Ph.D. or other appropriate terminal degree in planning or a related field; a track record of excellence in scholarship and teaching; and a strong interest in working across traditional disciplinary boundaries to solve urban problems.  In rare cases, a record of outstanding practice will be considered in lieu of an appropriate degree or teaching/scholarship; MIT offers a parallel track for associate professor of the practice, which may be more appropriate for practitioner-scholar.
Applications should be submitted through the Interfolio web site at: 
A complete application package includes a cover letter, c.v., statement outlining current and future research and teaching interests; and the names, affiliations, and email addresses of at least three referees. 
Review of candidates will begin on October 1, 2014, and continue until all positions are filled.
For technical issues, please contact Interfolio staff 877-997-8807 or Other questions can be directed to Sandra Elliott:  Please do not send materials by email.
DUSP continues to develop its diverse community of teachers and scholars, and strongly encourages applications from women and members of under-represented groups.



Lecturer or Visiting Assistant Professor in Energy Policy and Planning

Position: Part-time, one-year, non-tenure track position as lecturer or visiting assistant professor with the opportunity for reappointment for up to two additional years.

Description: The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications from individuals who would like to join our faculty as a lecturer or visiting assistant professor. The position requires teaching two to three classes per year, participating in department committees, and serving as an academic and thesis advisor to students enrolled in the Master of City Planning program.
We seek a colleague with expertise in energy policy and planning, particularly with regard to demand-side management and energy efficiency, energy strategy development, renewable energy, and/or the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. Expertise in urban energy policy and planning is a plus. We are equally interested in applicants with knowledge of these issues in domestic and international settings.
The Department of Urban Studies and Planning is located within the School of Architecture and Planning. The department is home to a diverse student body that spans doctoral, masters, and undergraduate levels and offers an environmental policy and planning specialization. 


Minimum Qualifications: A urban planning, energy policy, or related disciplines; or a masters degree combined with extensive experience in energy policy and planning.

Review: Review of applications will begin on July 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.  The appointment is intended to begin in the Fall of 2014.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following:1) a cover letter summarizing your scholarly expertise and the courses you are prepared to teach; 2) a curriculum vita; 3) maximum of two publications, professional reports or papers
Doctoral candidates should submit two completed dissertation chapters in lieu of other publications or papers and provide a detailed description of dissertation findings and progress in the cover letter.
Applications should be submitted through the Interfolio web site.  For technical issues, please contact Interfolio staff (877-997-8807,
Other questions can be directed to Takeo Kuwabara ( (please do not send materials by email).