Tenure-Track As. Prof., Urban Affairs/Planning: Virginia Tech

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
in sustainable urbanization, climate change, and digital technologies

At Virginia Technical School of Public and International Affairs

Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP) prepares students to explore the intersections of planning, policy and practice at the metropolitan, community, and neighborhood scales and in the diverse contexts of rural and urban, poor and affluent, fast growing and declining communities. It engages issues affecting where people live, work and play; where they shop and receive medical attention; how they get from place to place; what communities look like; how communities work and how we use our resources. 

Take action.

The United Nations reports that by 2050, another 2.5 billion people will be added to urban areas around the globe. 

Impact change.

Managing this growth and change requires an understanding of several inter-connected systems, to preserve and enhance community life, protect the environment, and promote equity.

Real-life experience with community clients. 

UAP emphasizes a practical, hands-on approach that reaches across disciplinary and professional boundaries. Students learn how to understand "place" and policy at a range of scales — from neighborhoods to mega-regions, in the U.S. and around the world.

Many UAP alumni work in local and regional governments, consulting, and for non-profits. Thus, by entering the UAP community, students join an extensive network for launching careers in these fields.

UAP is Hiring!

The School has announced a new Assistant Professor position in Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP). This is a full-time, tenure-track position, and they seek a dynamic and innovative individual to join the SPIA Team.


UAP's core curriculum includes theory, law, economics, methods, and project-based studios along with such topics as sustainability, real estate development, urban design, community engagement, transport, technology and planning.

Each semester UAP offers studios, in which student teams working for public, private and nonprofit clients tackle real world planning, policy, development or design problems. Several studios have won awards from the Virginia American Planning Association.

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