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Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation: Community Climate Resilience

University at Buffalo
New York, United States
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Feb 18, 2022
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Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation: Community Climate Resilience

School of Architecture and Planning

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The School of Architecture and Planning ( SAP ) at University at Buffalo (UB), The State University of New York, invites candidates to apply for the position of Professor of Empire Innovation, at the rank of Associate Professor or Full Professor with tenure in the Department of Architecture or the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The selected candidate will receive support through the SUNY Empire Innovation Program ( EIP ), which recognizes exceptional scholars with a proven track record of externally funded research and offers a generous compensation and start-up package.

We invite applications from researchers who have exceptional track records in Community Climate Resilience including the study of: (1) environmental and climate justice, (2) planning and design innovations aimed at promoting resilience to extreme weather events and other types of disasters, (3) ways in which biophysical conditions (e.g., micro-climates in the built environment) interact with individual and household level sensitivities (e.g., socio-economic marginalization), and/or (4) community-level adaptive capacities to reduce risk and promote resilience.

The Professor of Empire Innovation will complement existing strengths across the SAP which include expertise in extreme weather vulnerability and governance, energy, water resources governance, food systems planning, health inequities, the Global South, transportation infrastructure, building resilience and energy efficiency, sustainable housing, social justice, environmental design and community engagement.

This position is part of a cluster hire that includes additional EIP hires in the Department of Geology and the Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Science, and the Department of Civil Structural, and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, aimed at enhancing research and education in community resilience. Cluster hiring across the three decanal units is aimed to coalesce existing strengths and promote research and education and increased funding in interdisciplinary studies to advance science and engineering in community resilience. The successful candidate is thus expected to work across the University to build interdisciplinary approaches to strengthen societal resilience to natural and climate hazards, linking expertise in resilient infrastructure engineering, urban planning, communications, and crisis management.

The Professor of Empire Innovation will teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, mentor graduate students, and maintain an active externally funded research program.

We are particularly looking for candidates who can operate effectively in a diverse community of students and faculty members and share our core vision of helping all constituents reach their full potential within a professional culture that values equity, diversity, and inclusion.

About the School and University
The SAP, with approximately 40 full-time faculty and 800 students, is home to the Department of Architecture and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning , both offering accredited graduate programs at the master’s and doctoral levels. Located on the university’s historic South Campus, our 19th century academic building recently underwent a $30 million renovation.

UB, a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities, is the largest and most comprehensive premier public research university, designated as a flagship university in The State University of New York ( SUNY ) system, with approximately 22,000 enrolled undergraduates, 10,000 graduate students, and 1,600 fulltime faculty members. UB is SUNY’s most comprehensive public research university, and an outstanding place to work.

UB also holds a strong international reputation, ranking 23rd in international student enrollment. As a public institution, UB also provides a top-tier education for students from diverse geographic, racial and ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. More than a third of undergraduates are Pell eligible (an indicator of financial need), the second-highest percentage among AAU institutions. Financial need is particularly high among minoritized students (about half of UB’s first-year students are non-white).

UB faculty members enjoy competitive salaries and comprehensive health and retirement plan options. Our campus culture encourages a diverse mix of work, personal, and academic pursuits, with many institutional programs that support a healthy work-life balance.

UB is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer (AA/ EOE ) committed to ensuring equal employment, educational opportunity, and equal access to services, programs, and activities without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, gender, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, familial status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction status.

About Buffalo and the Niagara Region
The City of Buffalo is located in western New York on Lake Erie. Western New York is among the most affordable metropolitan areas in the U.S. The binational Niagara region of western New York and southern Ontario offers a high quality of life and an exceptional setting for engaging planning issues. “The City of Good Neighbors,” Buffalo is the second largest urban area in New York State. Buffalo is a cultural center with excellent theater, museums, music venues, a city-wide system of parks designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and multiple professional sports teams. In addition, the surrounding region provides convenient access to sailing, boating, and fishing, as well as skiing, hiking, and the beauty of Niagara Falls. For more information, see: .

University at Buffalo is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer and, in keeping with our commitment, welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Candidates must hold a doctorate in urban planning, architecture or a closely related field.
  • Candidates must demonstrate excellence in research, teaching, service, and mentoring.
  • Candidates should be internationally recognized scholars as evidenced by impactful publications and a sustained externally funded research program.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated highly productive and creative scholarly record in research on Community Climate Resilience.
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Documents needed to apply:
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching statement no longer than two pages
  • Research statement no longer than two pages
  • Diversity statement no longer than two pages: the required diversity statement should address the following question: “What skills do you see as necessary when developing curricula and learning activities related to community climate resilience for a diverse group of students, for inclusive student mentoring, and for scholarship that promotes environmental and climate justice? Give examples from your professional experience when you have expressed such skills.
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