This position will focus on adaptive strategies to enhance the sustainability and resilience of communities with an emphasis on climate change and development regulation. Activities will include creating educational programs and technical assistance to the multi-dimensional challenges of climate resilience and adaptation, renewable energy, sustainable urban design, green infrastructure, and diversity of community engagement in the urban planning process. Collaborative applied research, teaching, and Extension outreach will be conducted in conjunction with the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) and Urban and Regional Planning (URP) program in alignment with the Community, Food and Environment Institute (CFEI) within Michigan State University Extension (MSUE). lmpactful and inclusive engagement will take place with the various institutes, centers and programs within MSU and MSUE including the CFEI Land Use Team and Center for Local Government and Finance. In addition, this position will teach one course per year in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, with potential topics including community development, sustainable design, and/or climate adaptation.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Masters -Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture
Doctorate -Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture
A Masters degree (in Urban & Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, or a closely related field), earned by the position start date. Substantive knowledge in land use and environmental law and regulations.
A PhD (in Urban & Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, or a closely related field) or a Juris Doctorate (JD) in land use law is preferred. Desired qualifications include previous experience developing and delivering community training programs and facilitation of community planning activities. A strong track record of accessing external funding for research and outreach projects is desired.
Required Application Materials
For consideration, submit your application online at http://careers.msu.edu. Upload the following required documents: a) letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position and statement of Extension/Outreach philosophy highlighting how your experiences align with the position; b) current curriculum vitae; c) a description of how you will contribute to our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals; and d) contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on February 19, 2024, and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Marie Ruemenapp, Outreach Specialist, School of Planning, Design and Construction, Michigan State University, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The School of Planning, Design, and Construction unites four academic programs related to the built environment: Construction Management, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning, with 43 faculty and academic specialists, and 8 staff members. The School offers 8 degree pathways from Bachelors to Ph.D. – including 5 professionally accredited degrees with over 500 undergraduate and 75 graduate students. The School is jointly administered by the Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Social Science. The mission of the School is to advance the knowledge, prepare innovative leaders, and support the practice of planning, design, and construction. Our academic activities address sustainability, health, transportation, economic development and communities. Please refer to the Schools homepage available at: https:// www.canr.msu.edu/spdc/.
The MSU Extension Community, Food, and Environment Institute (CFEI) is comprised of approximately 80 community-based educators across Michigans 83 counties. Major program efforts focus on leveraging human and natural assets to enhance government and community vitality, strengthen community food systems, improve Michigans natural resources, and strengthen household finances and homeownership education. Programming, outreach, and educational offerings to enhance government and community vitality through CFEI also center on empowering communities, local and state leaders, and residents alike to create and enhance sustainable built and natural environments. By implementing responsible, innovative, and research-based best practices in land use, zoning, placemaking, and community development efforts, CFEI professionals ensure communities of all sizes have the tools, resources, and realworld solutions necessary to thrive and grow in the 21st century.
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. Candidates are invited to review information about SPDCs commitment to DEi at https://www.canr.msu.edu/spdc/about_us/diversity-equity-inclusion/.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. MSU offers a generous benefits package (details at https://hr.msu.edu/benefits/index.html).
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.