Director of Urban Studies - University of Washington-Tacoma in Tacoma Washington

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University of Washington-Tacoma

Tacoma, Washington 98402

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Urban Studies Program at the University of Washington, Tacoma (UWT) invites applications for a full-time, tenured professor and Director of Urban Studies to begin July 1, 2013. The program seeks an exceptional scholar, teacher, and administrator in the field of Urban Studies. A Ph.D. is required in Urban Studies or related field, although disciplinary and research specializations are open. Applicants must be qualified for appointment at the rank of full professor.

The Director will serve as the academic and administrative head of the Urban Studies Program, one of seven degree-granting academic units currently at UWT. The Director also serves as part of the academic leadership of the campus. The program currently employs eight faculty members across all ranks, enrolls 90 undergraduates in its two B.A. programs (Urban Studies and Sustainable Urban Development), and offers a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The unit usually employs between 1-2 FTE Lecturers and is supported by 1-2 FTE administrators and staff. Urban Studies has a well-established community advisory board and, like the campus overall, is strongly supported by the community. While the faculty members have diverse research interests and disciplinary backgrounds, they share a common commitment to local and global social justice and community engagement. The Urban Studies Program is a high functioning academic unit with a strong culture of collaboration and consensus-based decision-making.

We seek candidates who have
• A record of innovative and influential urban-related scholarship, able to be appointed with the rank of Professor at UWT;
• Sufficient administrative experience, interpersonal and organizational skills to succeed in leading and advancing an interdisciplinary academic unit;
• Enthusiasm for the campus’s mission of education to a diverse student body;
• Attitudes and experiences that foster collaboration, experimentation, and linkages outside the individual academic unit and outside the university into broader, diverse communities (both local and global).
• Familiarity with major themes and issues in North American urban studies as related to an urban serving program.
• Successful experience with community engagement and with fundraising/grant-writing.

Opportunities for growth and strategic investment in initiatives that support our diverse community abound for the Urban Studies Program. The new Director will work with the faculty in deciding upon and designing future recruitment, curricular and research plans within an academic culture of collaborative governance.

One of three University of Washington campuses, UWT is located in both new and historic facilities in downtown Tacoma and primarily serves students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound region. For more information, visit our website at

To apply, please submit the following materials through : 1) a letter delineating your interests and qualifications, a description of research/creative projects underway, and your teaching and administrative experience, 2) a curriculum vitae 3) a statement of your leadership philosophy, 4) an article length writing sample, and 5) evidence of administrative effectiveness. Names and contact information of four references may be requested as the search progresses. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by November 15, 2012, and screening will continue until the position is filled. For further information, please e-mail Dr. Rob Friedman, search chair, at

The University of Washington is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, racial/ethnic minority group members, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. The University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

For more information on this posting or other postings with the University of Washington, please visit us at

Keyword Phrases

  • urban studies
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Department Chair
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:National Research Laboratory
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Writing Samples