GWU search: Director Master of Professional Studies in Sustainable Urban Planning

Skill Level: Senior Level

Position Type: Full Time

The College of Professional Studies (CPS) at The George Washington University invites applications for appointment to a full time, 12-month, annually renewable, non-tenured Assistant/Associate Professor faculty position, with co-administrative appointment as Director of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Sustainable Urban Planning.

The MPS in Sustainable Urban Planning program offers a unique and exciting opportunity for graduate students to study the integration of urban planning and sustainability, by addressing such vital issues as sustainable urban development and climate change solutions. The MPS program is offered through the GW College of Professional Studies, which is located in the heart of the nation’s capital. CPS has access to and involvement with international institutions and government organizations, non-profits, industry, professional, and advocacy organizations, as well as those representing and interacting with the planning profession.


The teaching expectation is 4 courses per year, subject to annual review and adjustment. The position’s administrative tasks include leading student recruitment, participating in admissions decisions, and advising. The Director will also be responsible for maintaining effective working relationships with GW administrators, faculty, and staff both within and outside of CPS. In addition, participation and engagement on a regular basis with the program advisory board, which will include nationally and internationally recognized leaders in urban planning and sustainability, is also an expectation of the position.


Basic Qualifications:

Applicants for this position must hold a terminal degree in urban planning or related fields. Applicants need to demonstrate potential for success in academic program planning, curriculum development, and faculty recruitment by citing direct experiences in these activities at institutions of higher education or equivalent organizations in a letter of interest. Applicants must have demonstrated potential for success in applied scholarship, as evidenced by research or professional achievement, as well as academic or professional service.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to those who demonstrate entrepreneurship with an enthusiasm for urban issues, sustainability, and student development.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should send their expression of interest including an application letter outlining their preferred rank, qualifications for the position and rank, along with a CV, a list of and complete contact information for at least 3 professional references.

Ms. Cassandra Phillips
College of Professional Studies
The George Washington University
805 21st Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20052

Only completed applications received by August 1, 2010 will be considered, at which time applications will begin to be reviewed.

The George Washington University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The College of Professional Studies seeks to attract and encourage an active and culturally diverse faculty of the highest caliber.

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