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Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Urban Planning


Position:  Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Urban Planning

Description: 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 are especially interested in candidates who have expertise in the study of countries and regions of the Global South. DUSP has had a long-standing and well-known emphasis on graduate study and research focused on the developing world and marginalized regions. 

 We invite applications from individuals engaged in innovative research, teaching, and practice, and advocacy who can contribute to the department in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Demographic Change, Migration, and Race (e.g., their impacts on planning of cities, regional economies and development, infrastructure, housing and labor/employment );
  • Security, Violence, and Conflict (e.g. their impacts on human rights; urban form and design; surveillance and technological systems; or infrastructure);
  • Political and Economic Policy (e.g. poverty reduction policies and projects; state-business relations; regional and urban economics; jobs; urban and national development strategies; rural-urban links; affordable housing; municipal and urban finance and taxation).
  • Ecosystem Planning and Design (e.g. ways of maintaining socio-ecological balance in the face of climate change, planning for natural disasters, and the managing of natural resources). 

 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.

Minimum Qualifications: 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.

Application Instructions: Applications may 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, 2016, 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).

MIT is committed to building a culturally diverse educational environment; women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. EEO.