Dear colleagues,

Please see the job posting below: we are very interested in candidates with 
both an ecological as well as a planning/design background.

Diane Pataki
Professor of Biological Sciences
Associate Dean for Research, College of Science
Adjunct Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning
University of Utah

The Department of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah 
invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin 
in Fall 2019. We seek a colleague with a commitment to excellence in teaching 
and demonstrated ability to obtain research funding and publish high-quality 
peer-reviewed research. We invite applicants who have expertise in several of 
the following areas: urban ecology, landscape ecology/architecture, urban 
design, land use, physical and/or environmental planning, housing, economic 
development, quantitative methods and GIS. The successful candidate will have 
the capability to work across a range of scales from the neighborhood to the 
region, potentially addressing issues related to the Intermountain West and 
engaging local urban and rural communities. The appointee will teach courses in 
all of our programs and play an active role in the Center for Ecological 
Planning & Design and/or Metropolitan Research Center. A doctoral degree in 
planning or a related field (e.g. social ecology, urban studies/design, 
landscape architecture, applied ecology, urban geography) is required by July 
1, 2019.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic group of engaged faculty members 
who are recognized leaders in their fields and place a high value on 
collaboration and collegiality. This person will also benefit from the strong 
commitment of the University of Utah to issues of sustainability and 
interdisciplinary initiatives. The Department’s BA/BS undergraduate degree in 
Urban Ecology focuses on exploring the interrelationships among social, 
environmental and economic systems, with an aim toward enhancing the vitality 
and sustainability of places and communities. The Urban Ecology degree is also 
taught at the Utah Asia Campus in Songdo, South Korea. The Master of City and 
Metropolitan Planning (MCMP) is an accredited professional degree with an 
emphasis on ecological resiliency, smart growth, and social justice through 
effective communication, collaboration, and innovation. The Ph.D. in 
Metropolitan Planning, Policy and Design is research-focused with a 100% 
success rate in placing graduates in tenure-track positions. The department 
also offers a Master of Real Estate Development (with School of Business) and 
Graduate Certificates in Urban Design, Historic Preservation, and Real Estate 
Development. Applicants are encouraged to consult the department website at

The University of Utah, a Research I university and the flagship institution of 
the state higher education system, is located in Salt Lake City, which is 
ranked among the nation’s ten most livable cities and best college towns. Its 
quality of life is enhanced by a reasonable cost of living, beautiful scenery, 
year-round outdoor recreational opportunities, convenient transit, and an 
impressively cosmopolitan and diverse population. Salt Lake County, the state’s 
largest and characterized as one of the nation’s fastest growing “mega” 
counties, is among the national leaders in many “creative class” measures. Utah 
is projected to be the nation’s fastest growing state between 2010 and 2040 
with many opportunities for planning professionals. The University of Utah 
ranks among the world’s top 100 universities and the top 25 public universities 
in the US. It also enjoys a stable financial environment compared to many other 

Qualified applicants should submit a curriculum vita, letter of interest 
including a summary of research and teaching activities, and a list of four 
references (with e-mail addresses and phone numbers) to Review of applications will begin 
on February 15, 2019 and close on March 1, 2019. The appointment will begin 
July 1, 2019. Please address questions regarding this position to Brenda 
Scheer, Search Committee Chair, email:

EEO/Diversity Information       
The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and 
does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, 
age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a 
disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from 
historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified 
persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. 
Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and 
consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable 
accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with 
disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or 
affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please 
contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. 
Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in 
settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong 
commitment to improving access to higher education for historically 
underrepresented students.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems 
(“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a 
benefit-eligible position. Employees with prior URS service may elect to enroll 
in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a 
benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are 
receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits 
Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 
or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for 
information. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal 
background check and/or drug screen.

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