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Assistant Professor - Community and Regional Planning, Iowa State University

Position Responsibilities: The Department of Community and Regional Planning (CRP) in the College of Design at Iowa State University is seeking to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor starting August 16, 2020. The successful candidate will contribute to the mission of the department and the College of Design through teaching core planning courses and electives at the graduate and undergraduate levels. We are seeking an individual who will contribute to research and teaching in a broadly defined area of environmental planning and sustainable/resilient communities. Areas of research and teaching interest include (but are not limited to) environmental sustainability, food systems, renewable energy, natural resource management, environmental policy, climate change, infrastructure and transportation. The planning department is a key component of a university-wide graduate program in sustainable agriculture and transportation planning. The successful candidate will be expected to strengthen connections between CRP, sustainable agriculture and/or transportation programs. Teaching, demonstrated or interest in, is of particular importance to the search committee, as the successful candidate will be responsible for developing successful courses with large enrollments.

The CRP department integrates research, teaching and outreach consistent with the tenets of Iowa State’s land grant mission. Planning at Iowa State is known for strong community-based learning and scholarship and a close relationship with the University’s Extension and Outreach program. The Department prizes its multicultural faculty and seeks future colleagues from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The department resides within the College of Design, one of the largest colleges of its kind in the United States. Nearly 100 faculty members serve 2000 students in 7 academic departments. These cover the entire spectrum of professional and academic disciplines connected to the production of the built environment. Opportunities for trans-disciplinary work are readily available.

The department offers two accredited degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Community and Regional Planning and a Master of Community and Regional Planning. The department also offers joint graduate degrees with Sustainable Agriculture, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Business Administration. In addition, the department co-sponsors a Master of Science in Transportation with the departments of Civil and Construction Engineering and Transportation and Logistics, and administers a university-wide GIS certificate. For more information, visit

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 34,000 students are enrolled, and served by over 6,100 faculty and staff (see Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted second best most livable small city in the nation (see

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All faculty members are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, and university activities and collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Minimum Qualifications: Completed PhD by the start of employment in urban planning, geography, environmental studies, natural resource management, public policy, public health, or a related field.

Preferred Qualifications: (1) teaching experience; (2) Evidence/promise of a strong publication record (3) Evidence/potential for externally-funded research; (4) Demonstrable experience with environmental planning, climate change, community resilience, agricultural issues, food, natural resource management, and/or transportation; (5) demonstrable government, non-governmental organization, or industry experience.

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Application Instructions: To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae

2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter

3) Contact Information for Three References

For questions or additional information regarding this position, please contact Biswa Das at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (515) 294-7003. If you have questions regarding this application process, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Review of applications will begin December 05, 2019. Applications be accepted until the position is filled.

Iowa State University is an EO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Vets status.

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