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Endowed Professor of Innovation and Sustainability

Position overview

Position title: The Meyer and Renee Luskin Endowed Professor of Innovation and Sustainability

Application Window

Open date: November 24th, 2021

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jan 26, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Nov 11, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA invites applicants to serve as the Meyer and Renee Luskin Endowed Professor of Innovation and Sustainability and as the Faculty Director of the Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI). LCI is an endowed research center with a reputation for conducting rigorous, influential environmental policy and planning research. The Center’s research model brings scholars together with civic leaders to solve local, national, and global environmental challenges.

The ideal candidate will be an advanced associate or full professor who is an intellectual leader in environmental scholarship, has a track record of high-quality research and fundraising, and can engage students and stakeholders on topics that intersect environmental, social, and equity concerns. We are looking for an individual who can craft an enhanced vision for LCI and lead it into its second decade of excellence. This is an exciting opportunity for a candidate interested in providing intellectual leadership and an entrepreneurial vision, while also having access to resources to conduct high-quality research and outreach.

LCI’s approach is collaborative. The Center works with dozens of scholars across an array of disciplines and engages with hundreds of civic partners that inform and utilize our research. Civic partners include government agencies, advocacy organizations, and community leaders. The LCI team includes 20 affiliated faculty and currently employs 11 full-time staff and 20+ students including two postdoctoral scholars and five doctoral students, with an annual operating budget of approximately $2 million from research grants, contracts, gifts, and endowed funds. Future budgets will include additional endowed funds from two new gifts that will be available for use by the successful candidate.

The LCI is part of the UCLA Meyer and Rene Luskin School of Public Affairs, an interdisciplinary environment that focuses on human well-being at every level of analysis and is known for cultivating leaders and change agents who advance solutions to society’s most pressing problems. The successful candidate will hold a primary appointment in the department of Public Policy, Social Welfare, or Urban Planning and join faculty from 21 disciplines, spanning social and/or environmental sciences. The Luskin School offers Masters Degrees in each of the three fields, doctoral degrees in Urban Planning and Social Welfare, and an undergraduate major in Public Affairs. LCI affiliated faculty and doctoral students come from a wide range of disciplines across campus. The school and university have several other large and thriving research institutes focused on various aspects of environment, governance, and social well-being, including the Institute of Transportation Studies and the Institute of Environment and Sustainability. UCLA is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the UC system, with 45,000 students seeking degrees across the liberal arts and sciences and professional schools, located in the second largest city in the nation and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the nation. UCLA is regularly ranked as the top public university in the US and among the top 20 universities, public and private, worldwide.

This position is opened until filled, but early applications are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 3, 2022. Interested candidates should apply through UC Recruit: Please submit a curriculum vitae, research statement, writing sample, three names of references, and a statement of equity, diversity, and inclusion. References will be contacted only for candidates who advance as a top finalist. Information regarding the Luskin School's efforts to advance EDI can be found here. Ph. D. or equivalent degree is required. For questions related to the position, please contact Julie Straub at

We welcome candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Please visit our website at for other academic opportunities in the Luskin School of Public Affairs.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent degree

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Writing Sample - Please include up to 3 writing samples

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

References will be contacted only for candidates who advance as a top finalist.

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Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA