Rank: Assistant Professor Salary: Dependent upon qualifications 

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CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. As both an  AANAPISI & HSI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution & Hispanic Serving  Institution), CSUN welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has  prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Our values include a respect  for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation  and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an  atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity  and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community. 

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A Ph.D. in city, urban, or regional planning, urban studies, or a closely related field from a fully accredited university  is required. Expertise in computer based-graphic communication methods and the ability to teach these  techniques (e.g. geographic information science – GIS, Creative Suite Applications, and Sketch-Up) is required.  Specialization in environmental planning, sustainability, resiliency, or housing is preferred.  

Prior college or university level teaching experience (as the instructor of record) in a comparable university setting is required.  

Research experience in city, urban, or regional planning, urban studies, and/or closely related fields is required.  Candidates with evidence of peer-reviewed scholarly publication and/or successful grant applications are  preferred. Experience in community engagement and local community research projects is desired. 

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment and ability to teach, mentor and work with a diverse student  population. 

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of  Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. 

All positions are contingent upon Provost’s approval and budgetary considerations.  


Teaching is the primary job responsibility. The department offers a BA in urban studies and planning and a MA in  urban planning. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory level general education courses focusing on  the evolution of urbanism and the structure of cities as well as upper division and graduate level courses reflecting  department needs and the candidate’s areas of professional expertise. The candidate may also have the  opportunity to teach in the Master of Sustainability program. The normal teaching load is 12 credits per semester.  The successful candidate will pursue an ongoing research agenda and will publish the results of their research in  peer-reviewed journals. Service to the department, college, and university is also a key job responsibility.

The successful applicant will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which  he/she is housed for recommending tenure and promotion 

Application Deadline:  

The application deadline is December 6, 2020.  

Applicants must submit a letter of application that includes teaching philosophy and research interests, a curriculum  vitae, and teaching evaluations to Interfolio as discussed in the section below. In later phases of the search  process, applicants may be requested to provide letters of recommendation, verification of terminal degrees,  licenses and certificates.  

How to Apply: 

This institution is using Interfolio’s ByCommittee to conduct this search. Applicants for this position receive a free  Dossier account and must send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of  charge to:  

For questions, please contact

Department of Urban Studies and Planning 

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General Information: 

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The person holding this position may be considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and  Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as  a condition of employment. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate  can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the  application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. 

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion,  national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition,  marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the  Department of Urban Studies and Planning at (818) 677-2904.