MIT advertises tenured and tenure-track faculty positions in urban planning

12 Jul 2016
MIT advertises 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 in urban planning.

DUSP is looking for individuals who can enhance their efforts to improve the quality of life in and resilience of the world’s urban regions through planning, design, and policymaking. They 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.

DUSP invites 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 they 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 PhD 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.

A complete application package should include: a cover letter, CV, 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.

Further Information

Please see the advertisements on the DUSP departmental website or the Interfolio site.


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