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Associate Professor/Professor & Director

The University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, Maryland
Closing date
Dec 9, 2022

ARCH-Center for Smart Growth Research & Education

Associate Professor/Professor & Director of National Center for Smart Growth Research & Education (NCSG

Position Summary/Purpose of Position

The new director will be appointed as a tenured associate or full professor beginning in August 2023. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in urban planning or a related discipline and a research agenda embedded in the dialogue pertaining to smart growth. Candidates must demonstrate an active research agenda with academic and professional publications, field and community engagement experience, and teaching. The NCSG Director will hold a tenured faculty appointment in one of the School’s four programs: Architecture, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development or Urban Studies and Planning.

The successful candidate should be willing to develop an active research program in Washington, Baltimore or other localities in the Mid-Atlantic region that can connect to and enhance their teaching assignments and build the Center’s research agenda while also connecting to and leading national and international dialogues on smart growth. The successful candidate will also demonstrate success in attracting external funding to support a robust research agenda.

We seek a visionary leader with the capacity to generate new knowledge, influence policy, engage stakeholders, and attract external funding. The NCSG has been engaged in ongoing discussions of the history and future of smart growth, and the director will have an opportunity to shape the future of smart growth through research, outreach, engagement, and policy work. The director will work with their program director to develop a teaching portfolio that draws students from the School’s programs into the work of the Center. Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with women, BIPOC, and other underrepresented students through teaching, mentoring, or administration are especially encouraged to apply and identify their experience in these areas. The director will be appointed for a fixed term of 5 years, upon which performance will be reviewed for reappointment.

Minimum Qualifications

● A Ph.D. in Urban Planning or a related discipline, and a research focus related to smart growth or allied fields.

● Candidates must demonstrate an active research agenda with publications, field and community engagement experience, and teaching.

● Demonstrated success in procuring and managing externally funded research projects is required.

Candidates should have significant leadership experience related to the management, including budget and research management, of individual and team grants.

Candidates should include a letter of application that details their experiences and interests, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Electronic submission only to:

Questions may be answered by the search committee chair, Casey Dawkins ( or search coordinator, Gerard Boulin (

We will begin review of applications starting December 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer with a commitment to racial, cultural, and gender diversity. Women, BIPOC, and other underrepresented scholars are encouraged to apply.

Required Documents

Cover Letter

Curriculum Vitae

List of References

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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