The Department of Urban Planning and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA invite applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Justice and the Environment. We understand justice in the environment broadly and welcome applicants with research interests in institutions, policies, social and cultural practices, and economies that influence the equity of environmental outcomes with respect to social, racial and cultural divisions. Research focus areas might include analysis of risk and vulnerability; urban environmental governance, institutions, and justice; the intersection of urban environmental justice with human rights, migration, labor, or technology; environmental justice in relaton to class, gender, and race; environmental justice in relation to formal and informal urbanism; and climate justice.
We are open to scholars with domestic and global perspectives in environmental planning, and with a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Relevant disciplinary backgrounds include but are not limited to anthropology, economics, environmental science, ethnic studies, geography, history, planning, political science, and sociology. We expect the new colleague in this joint position to help advance collaborative and interdisciplinary research.
The Department of Urban Planning, in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, currently hosts 16 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, seven affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, four visiting practice faculty, five active professors emeriti, 38 Ph.D. students, 148 master’s students, and 60 undergraduate minors across its large, diverse, and highly selective Ph.D., master’s, and undergraduate programs. We have a tradition of intellectual leadership in urban and regional studies and design, and our faculty, students, and alumni have long been known for their passionate commitment to social justice and progressive planning ideals. The Department of Urban Planning has the unique advantage of being situated in an interdisciplinary school of public affairs along with highly ranked departments of Social Welfare and Public Policy. All faculty in the Luskin School of Public Affairs (including the departments of Social Welfare, Urban Planning, and Public Policy) have opportunities to participate in current initiatives in global affairs, digital technologies, the environment, democracy and inequality, and social justice, equity, and opportunity.
The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability’s (IoES) primary mission is to identify, study and provide solutions for regional and global environmental problems, and to educate the next generation of scholars and leaders. The Institute achieves this mission though its 12 core faculty, over 60 affiliated faculty from across UCLA, an undergraduate B.S. in Environmental Science program, an interdisciplianry Ph.D. program, and a Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering program. The IoES emphasizes community engagement, practical experience, and a commitment to science communication. Through its eight centers, the institute supports a wide range of research, education, and outreach activities that span the breadth of academic disciplines at UCLA, with the important goal of encouraging interdisciplinary research and policy.
Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, ecological diversity and new approaches to solving environmental challenges. UCLA offers competitive salary and attractive benefits packages, including a housing assistance program for new faculty members. The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. The Department of Urban Planning and the IoES are committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and scholarship, and we especially encourage candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion should also be included in the application materials.
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.
While we expect to appoint at the rank of Assistant Professor, applicants and appointments at all levels will be considered. The successful candidate is expected to hold a Ph.D. in urban planning or a related discipline at time of appointment. The expected start date is July 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All materials must be submitted via UCLA Academic Recruit by Monday, November 13, 2017, to be guaranteed full consideration.
Please visit the IoES (https://www.ioes.ucla.edu/) and Luskin School (http://luskin.ucla.edu/) websites for other related academic opportunities. You are welcome to apply for multiple positions, but you must submit your applications separately for each position of interest.
Curriculum Vitae - Please attach your C.V. Be sure to clearly identify all publications, the author order, and whether the publication was refereed. Note as well all courses taught, co-taught, and (if applicable) in which you served as a Teaching Assistant.
Cover Letter - In a statement of around 250 words, please describe your interest in the position.
Statement of Research - In a statement of around 750 words, please describe your approach to research, the principal questions that motivate your work, your past research accomplishments, and your plans for the future.
Statement of Teaching - In a statement of around 500 words, describe your approach to teaching and mentoring. List all current UCLA courses you would be willing and able to teach, as well as new courses that you would like to develop and teach.
Statement of Contributions to Diversity - In a statement of around 500 words, please describe your personal and professional contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.
Misc / Additional - Please attach up to two pieces of written work that best reflect your scholarship.