[COMM-ORG] job: academic, urban planning, Portland State

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  From: Charles Heying <heyingc at pdx.edu>

This is a newly announced, third faculty position at Portland State 
University's School of Urban Studies and Planning, not to be confused 
with our other two searches (real estate and international).

Portland State University
Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Assistant Professor

Specialization Open

The Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland 
State University seeks an energetic, creative scholar to fill a 
tenure-track assistant professor position beginning Fall 2011. The 
successful candidate will contribute substantively to our mission to be 
an international leader in education and research on livable and 
sustainable cities and regions. We are open to a range of 
specializations and are looking for scholars who can articulate how 
their expertise and intellectual commitments complement and enhance our 
existing strengths. This includes, but is not limited to, the following 
areas: community engagement, civic innovation, design and visualization 
of urban places and activities, sense of place and place 
distinctiveness, the culture of cities, cities as living systems, and 
the changing dynamics of cities.

Candidates must have an earned doctorate (or be in the final stages of 
their degree) in geography, sociology, political science, economics, 
public policy, public health, urban and regional planning, urban 
studies, or a related discipline.

The successful candidate is expected to contribute to the undergraduate 
and graduate programs of the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning 
(www.pdx.edu/usp), participate in ongoing and emerging interdisciplinary 
research opportunities on campus and develop a strong record of 
scholarship and civic engagement, pursue externally-funded research, and 
participate in university, departmental and community service.

The School and College

The Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning has 21 faculty and 
offers four degree programs: 1) an undergraduate major in Community 
Development (one of the only such programs in the United States) 2) a 
professional Master of Urban and Regional Planning, 3) a Master of Urban 
Studies, and 4) a PhD in Urban Studies. We also have dual degree 
programs in public health and civil engineering with the School of 
Community Health and the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences 
respectively, and, starting in Fall 2011, a joint master degree program 
in real estate development with the School of Business. Additionally, 
the school awards professionally-oriented graduate certificates in Urban 
Design, Real Estate Development, and Transportation. Research units in 
the Toulan School include the Center for Urban Studies and the Center 
for Transportation Studies, as well as the closely affiliated Population 
Research Center and Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies.

The College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA) is one of seven major 
academic units at PSU and is comprised of three units: the Nohad A. 
Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, the School of Community 
Health and the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. In total, the 
College of Urban and Public Affairs has more than 70 full-time faculty 
members. Collaborative efforts across schools are encouraged. Portland 
State University’s motto—“Let knowledge serve the city”—guides its 
mission of engagement and leadership in Portland and the Pacific Northwest.


PSU is located in beautiful downtown Portland, Oregon. The City of 
Portland is a nationally recognized center for innovation in land use 
and transportation planning, community governance, and sustainability.


The starting annual salary for this position will be commensurate with 
qualifications and experience. The excellent benefits package includes 
fully paid healthcare; employer-paid retirement contributions; and 
significantly reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependents 
at any of the Oregon University System schools.

Applicants should submit a letter of application containing a brief 
background statement outlining research and teaching interests, a 
curriculum vitae, and 3 letters of reference to: Dr. Jennifer DIll, 
Search Committee Chair, Portland State University, P.O. Box 751, 
Portland, OR 97207-0751. Review of applications will begin January 3, 
2011, and continue until finalists are identified. This is a nine-month 
appointment; the anticipated start date is September 16, 2011. For 
further information, please email Dr. Dill at jdill at pdx.edu.

Please note that the School is currently conducting more than one 
faculty search. Therefore, in all of your correspondence please clearly 
indicate that you are applying for the “open specialization” position. 
If you have already applied for one of the other positions (real estate 
development or international) and wish to be considered for this 
position, please submit a new cover letter or background statement and 
CV for this position. Your letters of reference do not need to be 
resubmitted, though you may submit revised or additional letters if you 

Portland State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity 
Institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and 
candidates who support diversity.


Jennifer Dill, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning (USP)
Director, Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC)
e-mail: jdill at pdx.edu
phone: 503-725-5173
web site: http://web.pdx.edu/~jdill/

Follow OTREC on the Web: www.otrec.us • Twitter: www.twitter.com/otrec • 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/otrec

Mailing address:
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Physical Address:
506 SW Mill Street
370T Urban Center
Portland, OR 97201

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