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Associate or Full Professor in Urban Planning & Spatial Analysis

Sol Price School of Public Policy Faculty Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis

Faculty Position: Associate or Full Professor

Position Descriptions and Qualifications

The University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy invites nominations and applications for a Professor (at the Associate or Full rank) in the Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis.  We are seeking a distinguished academic to contribute to the overall mission of the Price School of Public Policy.  The successful candidate is expected to take a leadership role in both the Price School and the METRANS Transportation Consortium.  We are particularly interested in finding a collaborative colleague who will expand the School’s existing strengths in transportation planning and policy.   The specific area of specialization is open. Applicants are encouraged from a broad range of disciplines (e.g., urban planning, public policy, spatial science, engineering) with a demonstrated capacity to integrate methods and insights across disciplinary boundaries.  The position may be fully within the Price School or joint with a department in the Viterbi School of Engineering, depending on area of specialization.

The ideal applicant will have a doctoral degree; will be a recognized intellectual leader within the field; have a large and diverse network of relationships with public agencies, policymakers, and industry; have management experience; a demonstrated capacity in multidisciplinary research partnerships; a large and diversified portfolio of funded research; capacity for fundraising; and ability to provide strong and visionary leadership for the METRANS Transportation Consortium. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to our university’s commitment to excellence in research, engagement, and education. We encourage applicants as a component of their statement, to discuss their experience or commitment to engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds, or incorporating diverse perspectives. We encourage applications from candidates that identify with groups that are historically underrepresented in the field of transportation.

About the Sol Price School of Public Policy:

The mission of the Sol Price School of Public Policy is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad.  We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society, with a particular focus on governance, urban development, and social policy. The Price School offers Ph.D. programs in Public Policy and Management and in Urban Planning and Development; masters’ degrees in Public Administration, Public Policy, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Urban Planning, Health Administration, and Real Estate Development; executive masters’ degrees; and an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree. 

Our mission statement drives all of the work of the Price School and underscores our efforts to increase the diversity of our faculty.  The people and communities we serve locally and abroad require that we respond to the broader social and demographic shifts we see with a faculty that is representative of these shifts.

USC is one of the world’s premiere research universities, and the Price School is a major contributor to the university’s reputation.  Our school supports an array of thematic research centers with $80 million in active sponsored research, ranking third overall in funded research at USC on a per faculty basis.

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About the METRANS Transportation Consortium:

The METRANS Transportation Consortium was established in 1998 through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) as the first University Transportation Center in Southern California. METRANS is a joint partnership of the University of Southern California (USC) and California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). At USC, it is an interdisciplinary center, primarily between the USC Price School of Policy and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. METRANS' mission is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. The center has three objectives:  1) foster independent, high quality research to solve the nation's transportation problems, 2) train the next generation transportation workforce, and 3) disseminate information, best practices, and technology to the professional community. 

METRANS now has partnerships with 10 universities across various research grants and programs. It is internationally recognized for its expertise in urban transportation and its specialty in urban freight transportation. It draws faculty affiliates from urban planning, public policy, all fields of engineering, as well as economics and business.  With a current portfolio of $28 million, it is one of the largest research centers in the Price School.  Funding comes from federal, state and local governments, foundations, and industry. 

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Compensation and Benefits:

The University of Southern California offers a competitive salary within an academic environment based on the candidate’s experience and accomplishments. The university also offers excellent benefits to employees, which include: health, dental and life insurance; tuition assistance; disability and retirement plans; credit union membership; and participation in cultural and social events, as well as access to athletic and recreational facilities.

An Equal Opportunity Employer:

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

Apply for this Position:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, personal statement and a list of three references. 

REQ20099240 Posted Date: 04/08/2021

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