[Job] Critical Black Urbanism position at UCLA

Job #JPF04878
Luskin School of Public Affairs – 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
Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Critical Black Urbanism

The Department of Urban Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Critical Black Urbanism. We seek a scholar who studies the Black experience and whose research and teaching has direct relevance for urban planning. Attractive candidates for this position might study racial segregation, Black migration, Black geographies, community organizing, community and/or economic development, the Black diaspora, policing and incarceration, urban and planning history, critical legal studies, or related topics.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Urban Planning, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Sociology, Political Science, or a related social science discipline at time of appointment, have a robust research agenda, and be prepared to teach and mentor students at the undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph.D. levels.

To apply, please submit a brief cover letter, CV, a research statement of less than 500 words highlighting scholarly contributions of recent research and plans for the near future, one publication or writing sample that best represents your work, a teaching statement of less than 300 words outlining the content of a class you would like to teach, a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and three letters of recommendation.

This position reflects a commitment by the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and the Department of Urban Planning to emphasize communities of color in scholarship, teaching, and professional practice. Faculty in the school and department have ongoing collaborations with ethnic studies departments and centers at UCLA. We expect that the faculty member who holds this position will benefit from and strengthen existing linkages to the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, the Department of African American Studies, and other relevant units.

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. Department faculty also teach undergraduate students in the Luskin School’s Major in Public Affairs, which just completed its inaugural academic year. We have a tradition of intellectual leadership in urban and regional studies and design, and our faculty, students, and alumni are committed to social justice and progressive planning ideals.

Los Angeles is a global city renowned for its dynamism, robust economy, cultural diversity, spectacular climate, as well as high levels of inequality, poverty and homelessness, residential segregation, and traffic. The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary school 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 school initiatives in global affairs, digital technologies, the environment, democracy and inequality, global development, Latin American cities, and social justice, equity, and opportunity.

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.

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 300 words, please outline the content of a class you would like to teach.
  • 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 – Please submit one publication or writing sample that best represents your work.

Reference requirements

  • 3 letters of reference required