Assistant Professor, Urban Studies

Worcester State University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Professional Fields, Public Administration & Policy, Urban & Regional Planning, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Geography, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time
About Worcester State University:

WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY is a liberal arts and sciences university with a long tradition of academic excellence dating back to 1874, as well as an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to reflect the diversity of its community. Our workforce is dedicated to academic quality, student-centered programming, engaged citizenship, open exchanges of ideas, diversity and inclusiveness, and civility and integrity. We are looking for job applicants who share these values and commitment to our students.

Worcester State is centrally located in Massachusetts, about an hour's drive from Boston, Springfield, and Providence, Rhode Island. Our 58-acre campus is nestled in the residential northwest side of Worcester--the second largest city in New England and home to 37,000 college students at more than a dozen colleges and universities. Over 6,000 of those students attend Worcester State--approximately 5,300 are undergraduates and 1,000 are graduate students. Learn more about us at .

Job Description:

The Department of Urban Studies at Worcester State University seeks to fill a tenure-track, full-time, and benefited position at the Assistant Professor level beginning in the Fall Semester of 2022. We are particularly interested in scholars whose teaching and research interests are in the areas of: quantitative policy analysis, urban environmental policy, urban economics, community-engaged planning, urban education, and public health.

The ideal candidate will be an interdisciplinary scholar who is able to teach quantitative research methods, and who can demonstrate an ability to situate these methods in a socio-cultural context. They will teach introductory and upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses. Courses involving policy analysis and quantitative methods may cover a number of different topics, including:
  • Transportation
  • Housing
  • Urban health & social systems
  • Urban food systems


A Ph.D., conferred by September 1, 2022.

Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:

In Urban Studies, an interdisciplinary academic department, we recognize that in a globalized world, power on individual, community, and systemic levels are interconnected. With that in mind, we teach critical thinking, cultivate leaders, and engage in purposeful research and action in urban communities. Urban Studies' approach to teaching, research, action, and personal development takes shape in the following ways:
  • Teaching -- we challenge students to think creatively and write critically about urban issues, and to solve problems using theoretical and applied approaches.
  • Research -- we emphasize ethical collaborative action research involving faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and the community.
  • Action -- we engage students through a variety of intergeneration and intercultural community endeavors.
  • Personal Development -- we facilitate the growth of individual skills such as empathy, reflection, confidence, and self-advocacy,, and other tools necessary to success professionally in a globalized world.

Application Instructions:

Worcester State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. M/F/D/V. Members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

It is the policy of Worcester State University that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all individuals hired by WSU, to be verified after an offer of employment has been made, and as part of the background check process. Prospective employees may submit a request for exemption based on a religious and/or medical basis, to Human Resources.

All applicants must apply online through Interview Exchange:

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the contact information for 3 professional references who will submit a letter of reference on your behalf.

Review of applications will begin on or about October 15, and continue until the position is filled.

Information which cannot be uploaded by the applicant may be faxed to 508-929-8163 or mailed to:

Executive Director, Chief Human Resources Officer

Worcester State University

486 Chandler Street

Worcester MA 01602-2597


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