Program Director, Masters of City and Regional Planning/Associate or Full Professor of Public Affairs and Planning
The University of Texas at Arlington
Location: Arlington, Texas
Internal Number: 24941
The Department of Public Affairs and Planning in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Arlington, invites applications for the position of Program Director, Master of City and Regional Planning, with tenure at the Associate or Full Professor rank.
As the only PAB-accredited planning program in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, we seek a Program Director embracing the tremendous potential offered by the combined resources of a Carnegie 1-Very High Research university and those of a rapidly growing region to educate planners who can contribute to enhance life quality locally and globally.
In partnership with faculty and students, the Program Director will be expected to advance the planning program by establishing a clear vision, fostering a wide range of research and creative activities, engaging the larger professional community, and advocating for the program and planning profession in general.
Additionally, we seek to recruit a candidate representing the populations that UTA serves. While areas of research and teaching are open, preference is for a candidate with teaching or focus in one or more of the following areas: urban design & sustainable development, smart & resilient cities, economic development, and environmental planning. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated research agenda that will contribute to the furtherance of UTA's Strategic Plan, specifically to its Sustainable Urban Communities theme (https://www.uta.edu/strategicplan/plan/themes/communities.php).
In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.
The Program Director will provide strategic leadership for the future of the planning program and lead its accreditation processes.
In partnership with faculty, staff, and the department chair, the Program Director will promote and manage graduate admission, strengthen partnerships with organizations, government, nonprofits, or firms, work with staff to promote student success, including retention and time-to-graduation, and maintain active alumni connection, and lead curriculum development initiatives, particularly an expected online masters, and various continuing education programs. As a tenured faculty member, the Program Director will also have research, service, and teaching responsibilities with a teaching workload adjustment for the administrative appointment.
Credentials enabling tenured appointment within the department including a doctorate in urban/city planning or related field. Applicants at the rank of Associate or Full Professor will be held to standards commensurate with the respective rank.
Candidates must exhibit innovation and a strong commitment to inclusive planning, teaching, and curriculum development. Experience leading organizational development and culture building, familiarity with processes related to working in a large, complex institution, and demonstrated success as an outstanding collaborator and relationship builder with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills are required.
Masters in City and Regional Planning or related area, AICP certification, and experience in PAB accreditation, professional planning and community outreach and service, especially with underserved communities. A proven ability to develop and implement successful interdisciplinary and/or international programs. A history of building, enhancing, and sustaining partnerships across a university local communities, state, region, and nation, as well as with external professional, industry, or governmental partners.
Experience and interest in working with faculty on multidisciplinary research and teaching is valued, especially in other college areas such as public administration, public policy, urban design, architecture, as well as civil and architectural engineering. Experience with online instruction and program development, interdisciplinary curriculum, and student success/retention/recruiting techniques and related software is helpful. A background in working with international students is valued.
Cover letter, a letter briefly describing interest in the position and a vision for professional planning education, along with career experience and goals,
samples of professional and student work (no more than 20 pages or a link to a website)
list of three references with contact information (name, title, email address).
The Search Committee may request additional materials. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the right candidate is identified. The appointment will start as early as Fall 2024.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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With annual research expenditures in excess of $100M, the University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution committed to life-enhancing discovery, innovative instruction, and caring community engagement. A leading institution in the heart of the thriving North Texas region, UTA nurtures minds within an environment that values excellence, ingenuity, and diversity. With a total global enrollment of over 59,000 in AY 2018-19, UTA is one of the largest institutions in the University of Texas System. Guided by its Strategic Plan Bold Solutions | Global Impact, UTA fosters interdisciplinary research and teaching to enable the sustainable megacity of the future within four broad themes: health and the human condition, sustainable urban communities, global environmental impact, and data-driven discovery. UTA was cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt among U.S. universities in 2018. U.S. News & World Report also ranks UTA fourth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2018 Best for Vets list.