A Professor (or Associate Professor) of Practice faculty position in the field of Urban Design is open in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. We seek to recruit a distinguished practitioner who is actively engaged in an urban design practice that embeds a commitment to urban research and innovation while also addressing the significant challenges of our times including climate change, social justice, resilience, and equity. As a cross-disciplinary school, we seek a colleague interested in linking urban design with the other planning and design programs within our school and with other academic and research programs across Penn.
The issues of urbanization, the design of the city and its landscape, mobility, changes in the way we work, social cohesion, health and well-being, and quality of life are all key elements in the curriculum guiding urban design at our school. The successful candidate will be actively involved in considerations of technology and the future city, including smart cities, as well as emerging modes and forms of transport and the innovative provision of social services and education. Important skills include the ability to engage with diverse communities, utilize digital design platforms and innovative forms of presentation, and contribute to the dialogue about the importance and roles of urban design in sustaining vibrant cities and lively, distinctive and inclusive places.
The Weitzman School of Design is deeply engaged in a broad range of global as well as local urban design issues and practices. We host PennPraxis, a faculty-student non-profit practice that provides planning and design consulting services in the Philadelphia city and region as well as in locations around the globe. We are also home to the Kleinman Center for Energy policy and the Ian L. McHarg Center of Ecology and Urbanism. Professors of Practice are eligible to participate in these initiatives.
Nominees must have experience in leading disciplinary and cross-disciplinary projects, and preferably in teaching integrated studios. They must hold a professional degree or degrees in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or other closely related fields. They should be registered in their professional discipline. Teaching requirements will range from half-time (usually one studio per year) to a maximum of three-fourths time. Professors of Practice are also expected to be involved in school events, reviews, symposia, and other programs at the Weitzman School of Design, such as the Penn Planning Equity Initiative.
Nominees should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Nominees are also encouraged to provide a description of their teaching and practice agenda, and/or a record of work (including critical reviews). The Weitzman School of Design is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. Nominees are encouraged to describe how issues of diversity have been or will be brought into courses, or previous activities mentoring minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups.
The position will be a multi-year appointment, with review for reappointments. We welcome applications on a rolling basis beginning September 17, 2019, until the position is filled. Anticipated start date will be either January or July 2020.
The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class. Questions or concerns about this should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, University of Pennsylvania, 421 Franklin Building, 3451 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6205; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).
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