For over 100 years the mission of A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan has been to prepare students for positions of responsibility within a wide spectrum of professions, organizations, and institutions whose goals are to improve the quality of our lives in the natural and built environment. The college offers a complement of programs, ranging from undergraduate to doctoral degrees in Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning, and Urban Design.
As part of multi-unit “cluster hire” initiatives, Taubman College seeks to make three appointments to begin September 1, 2012 in the three areas, including Sustainability and Behavior, Sustainable Food Systems, and Urban Studies.
Applicants should consult the full position announcement and corresponding cluster initiative proposal for the position for which he or she wishes to apply, available at: http://taubmancollege.umich.edu/planning/faculty/search/
Sustainability and Behavior (UM Job Posting No. 60809): This cluster will explore the sustainability implications of individual behavior, the design of policies and institutions, and the interaction of the two. The Urban and Regional Planning program seeks a specialist in land‐use planning and management. We particularly invite applications from candidates whose research and teaching address behavior relevant to the production and functioning of the built environment and the conservation of the natural environment at both the individual level and the institutional level.
Urban Studies (UM Job Posting No. 60577): This cluster is designed to create a “Detroit School” of urban studies. The Urban and Regional Planning Program seeks candidates with research and teaching interests focusing on urban inequality and/or urban sustainability in metropolitan areas such as Detroit that in the past depended on manufacturing employment and that have experienced considerable decline. An applicant need not have focused on Detroit and its metropolitan area in previous research, but an interest in working in a Detroit-centered research and teaching cluster is essential.
Sustainable Food Systems (UM Job Posting No. 60576): This cluster will explore interdisciplinary research, teaching, and practice on community-based, sustainable food systems issues. The Urban and Regional Planning Program seeks candidates capable of integrating one or more subspecialties of economic development, community development, land use planning and policy, infrastructure systems planning, and physical planning within the context of sustainable food systems. Productive collaboration with researchers from the environmental, ecological, business, and/or public health disciplines is a plus, as is interest and experience in conducting research on sustainable food systems in non-U.S. and/or comparative international settings.
For All Positions: A graduate degree in planning or a closely related field, such as geography, American studies, African-American studies, environmental studies, urban design, or law, is required, as long as the candidate has a strong background in urban planning. A Ph.D. in urban planning or a closely related field is highly desired. The demonstrated ability to conduct academic research is required, and demonstrated engagement with interdisciplinary collaboration is highly desired. Candidates should have a record of teaching, scholarship, publication and/or several years of related professional experience.
Review of applications will begin December 1, 2011, and will continue until the positions are filled.
Applicants should send the following materials electronically as a single PDF file, organized as follows: (1) a letter explaining your interest in a position (outlining both teaching and research agendas); (2) a current curriculum vita; and (3) the names and contact information (including mailing address, phone number, and email address) for three references. Email the application to Keria Rossin (
For further information about the Urban and Regional Planning Program, visit our web site: http://taubmancollege.umich.edu/planning/