Position Announcement – University of California Davis, Assistant Professor of Urban and Metropolitan Development

The Community and Regional Development (CRD) program of the Department of Human Ecology at the University of California, Davis announces an opening for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level.  We seek outstanding candidates with a promising research program in Urban and Metropolitan Development.  Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate a strong social science research agenda, inter-disciplinary and multi-dimensional perspectives, substantial capacity for generating extra-mural funding to support their research program, and a record or promise of excellence in teaching and mentoring students.  Candidates should have expertise in theoretically informed quantitative studies of the effects of social, economic, and political processes at multiple spatial levels on local urban and regional development; the influence of these factors on local policy-making, labor and housing market conditions, social inequality, international migration, political participation, and environmental sustainability. The successful candidate for this position will undertake research in economic development and policy formation at the rural-urban interface. Urban areas and metropolitan regions, as centers of production, consumption, political decision-making, and population settlement, constitute a critical factor for social and environmental stability and change locally, nationally, and transnationally. The faculty member should have strong quantitative capabilities and have research experience in urban and metropolitan processes, including social inequality, labor markets and processes, and migration.  This faculty member would be able to conduct research across disciplines (e.g., geography, city planning, public policy, sociology, economics, and political science).  The successful candidate will address issues regarding what factors, processes, and policies (from local to state to national to transnational levels) can best promote environmentally-sound, socially equitable, sustainable and resilient urban development.  An interest in or willingness to undertake research in California would be desirable. The candidate should show an interest in working with other Centers and Institutes on campus including but, not limited to the Center for Regional Change and the Institute for the Social Sciences.  This Assistant Professor position will include an appointment in the Agricultural Experiment Station.  Faculty members who hold an Agricultural Experiment Station appointment have a responsibility to conduct research and outreach relevant to the mission of the land grant university.


Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to establishing and securing support for a research program resulting in publication in high-quality scholarly venues.  The teaching load in the Community and Regional Development Unit of the Department of Human Ecology is attractive and consists of two undergraduate quarter courses and one graduate quarter course per year.   The Unit contributes to two graduate degree programs, Geography and Community Development and has primary responsibility for the Community and Regional Development (CRD) and contributes to the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAF) undergraduate degree programs. As assigned by the department chair, the candidate will be expected to contribute by teaching required courses and core electives in one or more of these programs, such as CRD 141 (Organization of Economic Space), CRD 156 (Community Economic Development), CRD 157 (Politics and Community Development), CRD 242 (Community Development Organizations), and CRD 245 (Political Economy of Urban and Regional Development). We welcome candidates from all the social sciences including sociology, rural sociology, geography, city and regional planning, political science, public policy, economics, and anthropology.  Interested candidates should submit all materials via the web-based online submission system at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/ required materials include a research statement, a teaching statement, a C.V., three to five representative publications, andthe names and contact information of three referees who have agreed to write letters on their behalf. Applications received by October 15th, 2015, will be guaranteed consideration for positions beginning in July 1st, 2016 (depending on candidate’s availability).  


The search will remain open until the position is filled.   UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diversefaculty community.   We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. For more information please contact Martin Kenney, Search Committee Chair atmfkenney@ucdavis.edu.