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Faculty Position in Public Health and Urban Planning

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 1st, 2018
Last review date: November 23rd, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: January 31st, 2019
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.


University of California, Los Angeles
Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Urban Planning

Open Rank, Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Public Health and Urban Planning

The UCLA Departments of Environmental Health Sciences and Urban Planning invite applications for a tenured or tenure-track joint faculty appointment in public health and urban planning. We seek a bold, innovative thinker who is, or soon will be, a leading scholar of the linkages between urban environments and health outcomes, and how policies and other interventions can improve these outcomes. Attractive candidates for this interdisciplinary position might study: health benefits of green infrastructure and the natural environment, including water and ecosystem infrastructure; or how urban design features and transportation systems affect environmental exposures and health; or the health effects of land use and housing patterns, including environment and health in low-income and/or minority communities.

We welcome applicants from a wide array of backgrounds, particularly those with multi-disciplinary backgrounds, who can bridge the disciplines of urban planning and public health, as well as those whose work includes both domestic and global perspectives. The successful candidate will be able to contribute to the curricula in both departments.

The Department of Urban Planning hosts 16 tenured/tenure-track faculty, and 148 Master’s and 38 PhD students in highly selective programs. The Department has a tradition of intellectual leadership in urban studies, and our faculty, students, and alumni have long been known for their passionate commitment to social justice and progressive planning ideals. The Department of Environmental Health Sciences has 10 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 52 master’s students, and 16 PhD students in program in Environmental Health Sciences. The Department is dedicated to studying the links between health and the environment, and educating scientists and public health leaders who can design science-based policies to address current and future environmental health challenges. The two departments offer a concurrent master’s degree program in Environmental Health Sciences and Urban & Regional Planning.

Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, and spectacular climate. The Luskin School of Public Affairs is home to the departments of Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning, as well as six research centers and a new undergraduate major in Public Affairs. The Fielding School of Public Health is home to five departments—Biostatistics, Community Health Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management—and has 14 affiliated research centers.

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 two Departments are committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and scholarship. We especially encourage candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment; accordingly, a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion must 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.

All applicants should hold a PhD at the time of appointment and demonstrate exceptional promise for scholarship and teaching. Applicants and appointments at all levels will be considered. The expected start date is July 1, 2019. All materials must be submitted via UCLA Academic Recruit by Friday, November 23, 2018, to be guaranteed full consideration.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated 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 - Please describe your interest in the position.

  • Statement of Research - In a statement of less than 500 words, please describe your approach to research, highlighting recent scholarly contributions and plans for the near future.

  • Statement of Teaching - In a statement of less than 300 words, please outline the content of a class you would like to teach and/or a class you have taught.

  • Statement of Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Scholarly work/publication

  • Additional scholarly work/publication (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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