ASSISTANT PROFESSOR of Urban Planning+Design, Tenure-Track 34774

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Architecture, Urban & Regional Planning
Employment Type
Full Time

Hiring Department

The Department of Architecture Urban Planning + Design at the University of Missouri Kansas City

Job Description

The Department of Architecture Urban Planning + Design at the University of Missouri Kansas City invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, benefit eligible Assistant Professor of Urban Planning + Design. The faculty of Urban Planning and Design are committed to equity planning and social justice as the foundation for scholarship, pedagogy, and practice. We seek a colleague who is enthusiastic about teaching and mentoring students from diverse communities.

We seek a colleague with research interests in climate resilience and adaptation, urban design, and/or digital urbanism with a promising research agenda. Candidates with experience working with diverse communities, including but not limited to African American neighborhoods, resettled communities, or Latinx urbanism are encouraged to apply.

The Urban Planning and Design Program is an undergraduate, PAB-accredited program with an emphasis in preparation for professional practice in planning and related fields. Our undergraduate planning and urban design studios provide space for innovation in applied urban planning practice and research. Studios provide the opportunity to work directly with local communities and the planning profession in the greater Kansas City region. Typical teaching load for tenure-track faculty is one studio and three other courses over two semesters in an academic year. As a small program, we are searching for an individual with an ability to teach urban planning and design studio, courses in the core curriculum, and planning specialty courses related to the candidate’s research.

The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design is home to the UMKC Center for Neighborhoods (CFN), a research and outreach unit that builds the capacity of neighborhood leaders and advocates. Candidates for this position have the unique opportunity to conduct research that serves the CFN mission, including areas related to food justice, urban neighborhood stabilization, or participatory design for climate change adaptation.

Minimum Qualifications

Successful candidates should have a PhD in urban planning or a related field. ABDs will be considered. Professional experience in urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, or community development, is a plus, but not required.

Full Time/Part Time

Full-time, benefit eligible, 9-month tenure-track faculty position


Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and credentials

Application Deadline

The review of applications will start on November 5, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Jacob Wagner, Search Committee Chair, .

Application Instructions

Applications should be submitted online and include an application letter, a CV, and a statement of research and teaching philosophy. Additionally, it should include names and current contact information for at least three professional references.


The Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design will move into the new UMKC School of Science and Engineering in 2022. The new School includes a state-of-the-art, $40 million facility supporting multidisciplinary education, research, and economic development initiatives. Key components include an augmented and virtual reality lab (a $3 million project), an innovation studio and 3D printing lab, as well as a high-performance computing lab. Partnerships will be encouraged across disciplines within this new unit.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to UMKC’s mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, Latino, Italian, Irish, German, Native American, Slavic, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City, and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection, and innovation, which is showcased across the region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students, and community to position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace, and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand learn the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion
Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:
UMKC Statement on Diversity

UMKC values diversity as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. UMKC embraces a broad spectrum of diversities, including race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, religion, socioeconomic and veteran status, life experiences, educational level and family structure. For more information on our diversity mission, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website:

UMKC is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area. Our students come from all 50 states and over 85 countries, enriching our community with diverse perspectives. With more than 125 academic areas, our students have a lot of opportunities to explore on their way to discovering and creating their perfect career. We are at the heart of a thriving urban area where the city’s life and energy influence everything that happens here. We are Kansas City’s university and we can’t wait for you to join us! Find out more about UMKC in the About UMKC section of our website.

Details about UMKC’s community and the benefits of being an employee can be found on our careers page.

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