University of Michigan


The Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning seeks a professor of practice (assistant, associate, or full) to teach courses related to community development and engagement in the city and metropolitan area of Detroit.

For this Detroit-engaged hire, we are interested in candidates with an established background in community engagement within Detroit or similar legacy cities. You have professional experience related to social justice and Black perspectives on community development, including issues such as poverty, racism, economic justice, environmental justice, affordable housing, aging infrastructure, or urban disinvestment. You have a desire to bridge the gap between classroom learning and professional practice in Detroit and other legacy-like cities. You also embrace inclusive participatory practices and innovative teaching approaches.


  • Nine-month untenured appointment for a five-year term, with reappointment and promotion subject to review
  • Teach two courses per year (one per semester, including one capstone project) for a 50% appointment with the option of increasing the appointment to three or four courses per year under some circumstances
  • Participate in the ongoing intellectual development and administrative governance of the Urban and Regional Planning Program
  • Participate in professional practice outside of the University of Michigan in Detroit-based community development

Required Qualifications*

  • Degree in urban and regional planning, or an equivalent degree from a related discipline
  • Four years of professional work experience, which may also include public service in legacy cities or experience collaborating with community-based organizations and residents
  • Note: We recognize that educators and scholars experience diverse career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent professional record.

Additional Information

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, U-M offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include retirement plan with two-for-one matching contributions after the first year; many choices for comprehensive health insurance; life insurance; long-term disability coverage; and flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses. Learn more about U-M benefits.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Taubman College values a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and administrators that includes people of different race and ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender expression, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religious commitment, age, and disability status. We aim to create a community of mutual respect and trust where everyone’s backgrounds, identities, and views are represented without any threat of bias, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination. Learn more about our DEI efforts and the shared values we have for our community.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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