Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning/Urban Studies

Jackson State University in Mississippi

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted March 11, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Jackson State University

College of Public Service

Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning/Urban Studies 


Jackson State University (JSU), located in metropolitan Jackson, MS, is the fourth largest state supported institution in Mississippi with an enrollment of approximately 9,200 students. Jackson State University is Mississippis Urban University and a Carnegie Foundation designated high research activity institution. 


The mission of the College of Public Service (CPS) is to educate students from diverse backgrounds for outstanding professional service and to develop local, national, and international innovative leaders in the professional academic disciplines represented in the Schools of Health Sciences, Policy and Planning, and Social Work.  All programs are based in the heart of the states urban capital and the central medical complex, with teaching locations at the Universitys Health Sciences Complex (Jackson Medical Mall), the Main Campus, and Universities Center, as well as in convenient off-campus clinical sites.


The CPS invites applications and nominations for a Chair, tenure-track position at the Associate/Professor rank for fall 2014.  Administrative positions are 12-month appointments and the proposed beginning date is July 1, 2014.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and positions will remain open until filled. For optimum consideration, please submit your complete application no later than March 15, 2014.   Salaries and ranks for the positions are negotiable and commensurate with educational background and professional accomplishments and experience.


The successful candidate must exhibit exemplary leadership in advancing program goals in alignment with the Universitys mission.  The Program is interdisciplinary and offers three degrees: an accredited Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies. The graduate degree programs offer three concentrations: Community Development and Housing, Urban Design, and Environment and Land Use.



  • Earned doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning or closely related planning degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
  • Commitment to equity, shared governance, transparency, and inclusivity;
  • Effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills;
  • Exemplary record of achievement in teaching and advising, scholarship, peer-reviewed publications and service;
  • Demonstrated commitment to student and faculty diversity, multiculturalism, and global awareness and responsibility, throughout the urban and regional planning curricula;
  • Rank of Professor or Associate Professor.
  • Experience teaching graduate courses full-time at an accredited university; a strong record of research, service, peer- reviewed publications, and documented record of externally funded research.
  • Administrative experience relevant to the management of an academic program;
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity/experience with Planning Accreditation Board and accreditation requirements;
  • Active and consistent research agenda; and
  • Evidence of a collaborative and visionary leadership style.



The Chair of the Urban and Regional Planning Program reports to the Dean of the School of the College of Public Service The Chair will be required to:

  • Teach two classes per academic year;
  • Assume budgetary development and oversight;
  • Provide leadership in quality curricular development, expansion and delivery;
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships among the program, community, and leaders in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors;
  • Engage in continuous research, academic presentations, publishing, and identification of external funding opportunities;
  • Mentor junior faculty and support professional growth of all faculty;
  • Engage in activities with professional and academic planning organizations and associations;
  • Oversee and monitor the accreditation process for the program;
  • Demonstrate overall exemplary leadership in advancing program goals in alignment with the College and Universitys mission and policies; and
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


Apply online at:   Also, applicants should submit a letter of interest explaining: (a) how the applicants qualifications relate to the position responsibilities and qualifications and (b) the applicants academic interests and top achievements related to teaching, research and service, curriculum vita, transcripts, sample of scholarly writing, a statement outlining applicants research agenda and/or statement of leadership, evidence of grantsmanship, and three letters of professional recommendation.  


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