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Urban & Regional Planning Lecturer Pool - Real Estate Finance Fundamentals

Department Summary

SJSU’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning is interested in receiving applications for a Lecturer position opening to teach a course in Real Estate Finance Fundamentals. The course will introduce students to the complexities of real estate markets, including learning the vocabulary used in the industry and how to read simple proformas. The course will also provide students with an overview of criteria used by developers, lenders, and investors to secure their real estate investments. Course description is as follows:

URBP 206: Market Analysis, Appraisal, & Finance of Real Estate Development (3 units): Students will be taught the real estate capital markets and the mix of the necessary financing sources required of developments. Students will evaluate criteria used by developers, real estate lenders and capital providers looking to minimize risk and maximize returns on real estate investments.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, founded in 1970, includes an interdisciplinary and highly research-active team of scholars and engaged practitioners. Using Silicon Valley as a living lab, the department prepares diverse leaders who affect transformative change and create just, sustainable, and vibrant communities. For more information about our department, please visit our website at

Brief Description of Duties

Lecturers should be able to demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity including but not limited to differences in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Lecturers are expected to organize their classes within the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), the official LMS provided for the SJSU community. All classes at SJSU, whether online or not, must be anchored in the Canvas platform to ensure faculty-student connection in a common virtual space as all students are directed to log in to Canvas for online access to their classes. Lecturers will be provided access to this system prior to the semester start date. Training in the use of LMS is also provided by SJSU’s e-campus.

Lecturers are expected to deliver course content following a schedule agreed upon with the Department Chair. Instruction includes lecturers and lab-based or project-based assignments. The lecturer is responsible for assigning the final grades.

Required Qualifications
  • Applicant should hold an earned Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning or a closely related discipline (PhD preferred). Professional experience in addition to a Master’s degree and previous teaching experience at the collegiate level will be highly valued.
  • Applicants must be able to prepare and deliver lectures in a conventional (in class) or online modalities.
  • Applicants must be well organized and able to deliver a supportive learning experience for our highly diverse student body.
  • Ability to teach and evaluate adult learners. Evidence of satisfactory achievement in previous academic work.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D in Urban in Regional Planning or a closely related discipline

Conditional Appointment

Please be advised that an appointment is contingent upon budget and enrollment considerations and subject to order of assignment provisions in the collective bargaining agreement between California State University and California Faculty Association. These provisions state the “Order of Work,” or the order in which available courses must be assigned to faculty, starting with tenure line faculty and ending with new lecturer appointees.

Salary Range - To commensurate with experience.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Evidence of Previous Teaching Experience (syllabi, evaluations, testimonials)
  • List of References
  • Transcripts for terminal degree will be requested by the department

To receive full consideration, applications should be received by November 15, 2020

Inquiries may be directed to: Dr. Laxmi Ramasubramanian, AICP Department Chair, Email:

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, this position is for scholars interested in a career at a national leader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students are first-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university is currently ranked third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

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.

Advertised: November 03, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Standard Time
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