[Job] Latina/o/x Urban Issues faculty position at UCLA

Job #JPF04877
Luskin School Of Public Affair – URBAN PLANNING


Open August 20th, 2019 through Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). If you apply to this recruitment by October 15th, 2019, you will have until January 31st, 2020 to complete your application.


Luskin School of Public Affairs
Department of Urban Planning
Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Position in in Latina/o/x Urban Issues

The Department of Urban Planning, in partnership with the Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) at UCLA, invites applications from scholars in urban studies and urban planning for a tenured/tenure-track appointment. We seek an innovative thinker who will be a leading scholar of urban issues in Latina/o/x communities and whose work will play an important role in shaping future policy debates. We welcome applicants with varied research interests within this broad area, including but not limited to neighborhood change, community development, social mobility, race and ethnicity, immigration, and urban planning in communities of color. We are open to varied methodologies, but are especially interested in scholars whose work applies quantitative methodologies to one or more these research areas. We are open to scholars with interest in any geographical area and especially welcome applicants with an interest in the study of Los Angeles or its region in their research.

The Department of Urban Planning currently hosts 18 tenured/tenure-track planning faculty, 6 affiliated tenured/tenure-track faculty, 7 long-term adjunct/practice faculty, 3 active professors emeriti, 35 PhD students, 150 master’s students, and a growing number of undergraduate majors. Our faculty also teach in the new schoolwide Public Affairs undergraduate program. 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 the interdisciplinary Luskin 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.

This appointment resides completely in the Department of Urban Planning, but the appointee will be a Faculty Associate in the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC). Since its founding in 1969, the CSRC has played a pivotal role in the development of scholarly research on the Chicano-Latino population. The CSRC will offer the person hired an additional community of scholars with related interests.

Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, rich cultural diversity, and spectacular climate. 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 in particular is 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.

To apply, please submit (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a research statement of less than 500 words highlighting scholarly contributions of recent research and plans for the near future, (3) one publication or writing sample that best represents your work, (4) a statement of less than 500 words that describes your approach to teaching, lists undergraduate and graduate courses you could teach, and briefly describes one of these courses, and (5) a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. You should also ask three referees who know you and your work well to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf.

The successful candidate is expected to hold a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Urban Studies, or a related social science discipline at the time of appointment. Applicants and appointments at all levels will be considered. The expected start date is July 1, 2020. All materials must be submitted via UCLA Academic Recruit by October 15, 2019, to be guaranteed full consideration.

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


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 500 words, describe your approach to teaching and mentoring, list the undergraduate and graduate courses you could teach, and briefly describe one of these courses.
  • 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.
  • Scholarly work/publication
  • Additional scholarly work/publication – Optional but encouraged.

Reference requirements

  • 3 letters of reference required