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Assistant Professor (Urban and Regional Planning and UHERO)

College of Social Sciences - Urban and Regional Planning
University of Hawaii, Honolulu
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Posted Date
Sep 27, 2023

Title: Assistant Professor (Urban and Regional Planning and UHERO)

Position Number: Pending Position Number

Hiring Unit: UHM College of Social Sciences - Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Social Science Research Institute

Location: Manoa Campus

Date Posted: 09/27/2023

Closing Date: Continuous; applications review begins 11/30/2023 and will continue until the position is filled

Salary Information: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Monthly Type: 9 Month

Tenure Track: Tenure

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Temporary/Permanent: Permanent

Other Conditions:

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) and the University of Hawai‘i Economic Research Organization (UHERO) in the Social Science Research Institute of the College of Social Sciences, University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Honolulu, Hawai’i) invite applicants for a joint appointment between DURP (75% FTE) and UHERO (25% FTE) at the Assistant Professor (I-3) level with the locus of tenure in DURP. This is a 9-month, full-time, permanent, tenure track position to begin August 1, 2024, subject to position clearance and availability of funds.

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers the following academic programs: accredited Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), PhD, two combined bachelor’s and master’s degree pathways with Global Environmental Science and Hawaiian Studies, respectively, and three graduate certificates. It has a diverse student body and faculty, and views diversity as fundamental to its efforts to create healthy, sustainable communities, and a just society. We encourage women and members of underrepresented groups who can contribute to these goals to apply. For more information about DURP visit

UHERO is the leading source for independent economic research, forecasts, and policy analysis in Hawai‘i. Over its more than twenty-five year history, UHERO research has informed decision making on some of the most important issues facing our community, including the economic outlook for key industries, challenges to our environment, and policies affecting water, housing, energy, and many other areas. UHERO’s expanding team of faculty, fellows, research staff and students propel our mission of informing decision-making in Hawai‘i through rigorous, independent research and outreach. As part of the vibrant University of Hawai‘i system, UHERO faculty are directly preparing the next generation of Hawai‘i’s leaders to solve pervasive challenges. By connecting knowledge and action across health, housing, climate, labor, transportation and much more—we’re building capacity, bringing best-in-class, impartial research of the highest academic integrity, and enriching our collective understanding and potential for action. For more information about UHERO visit

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop a research agenda in the area of housing policy, planning, and economics with a focus on affordability;
  2. Publish scholarly, peer-reviewed research in areas of expertise;
  3. Seek extramural funding to support this research agenda;
  4. Provide independent thought and leadership on affordable housing topics and deliver research results and policy implications to stakeholders, the broader community, policymakers and planners through targeted consultation and outreach consistent with the DURP and UHERO missions;
  5. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses on housing policy and planning, urban economics, and research methods in DURP;
  6. Supervise and mentor MURP and PhD students;
  7. Provide service to the department, research unit, and the university.
  8. Other duties as assigned by the Department Chair.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D. in planning, public policy, economics, sociology, geography or closely related field from an accredited US college, university or foreign equivalent; ABDs will be considered but all degree requirements must be completed prior to date of hire;
  2. Strong knowledge and documented research record in housing policy and planning focused on affordable housing;
  3. Ability to teach a core course in urban economics in addition to housing courses;
  4. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with students, faculty, staff and/or administration.

Desirable Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated interest in, and substantial record of, working with students.
  2. Demonstrated ability to teach research methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, or spatial analysis methods such as geographic information system) and/or other housing related courses.

To Apply:

Click on the “Apply” button on the top right corner of the screen to complete an application and attach the following required documents:

  1. Cover letter describing how you meet the minimum and desirable qualifications;
  2. Curriculum vitae (signed and dated);
  3. Research statement describing scholarly contributions and future research agenda;
  4. Up to three (3) academic publications that represent your core research;
  5. Statement summarizing your teaching and service experience;
  6. Contact information for 3-4 professional references.

Finalists must be prepared to submit copies of official transcripts prior to campus visit. Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

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Ashok Das, Search Committee Chair, (808) 956-4265, email:

EEO/AA, Clery Act, ADA

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Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.
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