University of Florida
Program Director & Instructional Assistant Professor
The University of Florida’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning (Department) invites applications for the position of Program Director of the online Master of Urban and Regional Planning (Online MURP) program and Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department.
The Department, located within the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, launched the first fully online delivery of a graduate planning degree in the fall semester of 2012. To date, the Online MURP is the only fully accredited online planning program in the country. The Department designed the three-year, part-time graduate degree program for working professionals. With more than 90 graduates and approximately 100 current students enrolled across the United States and the world, the Online MURP parallels the Department’s on-campus Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. The Online MURP also shares courses with an independent online Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems that the Department’s GeoPlan Center offers. The Online MURP is financially self-supported, meaning the state of Florida does not fund the program.
The Department seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, and highly organized individual to lead the Online MURP as Program Director and to teach online and on-campus courses in the Department as an Instructional Assistant Professor.
The Program Director reports directly to the Chair of the Department and works with the Chair on fiscal administration of the Online MURP. The Program Director supervises the Online MURP staff—currently an Associate Program Director and an Administrative Specialist— and collaborates with the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. The Program Director liaises with the university’s Office of Distance Learning and other relevant university departments regarding regulations and opportunities concerning distance learning, particularly within the context of self-supported programs.
The Department seeks a dynamic and diligent leader who is committed to online education, who will foster growth and productivity through administrative skills and strategic planning consistent with the core values of the Department, and who will contribute to the teaching, scholarship, and outreach of both the Online MURP and the Department. The Program Director will teach four courses per year in the Department. This is a 12-month, non-tenure accruing, faculty position in the Department.
The Online MURP prepares tomorrow’s planning leaders to be ethical, socially-engaged members of their communities who make local and global positive impacts through urban and regional planning. Applicants should share the Department’s vision for online education to occupy a unique space in overcoming the digital divide while providing the best learning experiences for the next generation of planning professionals around the world.
Academic and Program Administration
– Manage student retention and recruitment, including the application review and approval process in coordination with the Graduate Coordinator for the MURP.
– Consult with the university’s Office of Distance Learning on regulations, policies, and opportunities for self-supported distance-learning programs.
– Engage with Online MURP students. Plan and coordinate student events, such as new student orientations and information sessions.
– Collect and analyze Online MURP metrics and course evaluations to ensure an ongoing standard of excellence in the Online MURP. Provide data and evaluation reports to the Department, the College, the University, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, the Planning Accreditation Board, Planetizen, the American Planning Association, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and other entities as appropriate.
– Manage Online MURP Master’s Research Projects
– Manage MURP student internship program
Marketing and Recruitment
– Represent the Online MURP within the school, college, university, profession, and community.
– Other duties the Department chair assigns.
$80,000 – $90,000
The candidate must have a graduate degree in urban and regional planning, landscape architecture, or a related field. Experience with online education is required.
Graduate degree in urban and regional planning and Professional planning or community development experience, with AICP or other relevant credentials.
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As candidates complete the standard online application, the following items should be uploaded:
Please address any questions to the search committee chair, Dr. Kristin Larsen, [email protected] .
Review of applications will begin April 16, 2023. The proposed start date is August 16, 2023.
The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.
Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.
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