The Department of Urban Studies and Planning seeks faculty candidates at the level of Assistant Professor whose research, teaching, and service will advance scholarship and institutional solutions for designing more just and equitable systems and structures. This faculty member will advance UC San Diego’s commitment to the inclusion of Indigenous, Black, and migrant communities, anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity, and social justice. We especially welcome candidates whose professional experience, community engagement, and personal background have facilitated their understanding of and ability to better serve students from Indigenous and other underrepresented populations.

Faculty hired under this Initiative will join the UC San Diego campus, the UC San Diego Design Lab (https://designlab.ucsd.edu/), and the Indigenous Futures Institute (https://ifi.ucsd.edu/) to forge a new paradigm of engagement and collaboration that draws on the geographic, academic, institutional, and cultural strengths of our tri-national region across Southern California, Baja California, and the Kumeyaay region.

This search is part of a UC San Diego-wide cluster hire on Designing Just Futures (https://www.design-just-futures.ucsd.edu/) that aims to recruit scholars who can contribute to the advancement of design, social justice, and Indigenous, Black, and migrant futures and seeks engagement with scholars across disciplines to address issues of territory, access and equity, and social and political debates pertinent to Indigenous, Black, border and migrant communities, while also working within their home departments and professional communities.

As part of their teaching portfolio, faculty hired for this search will be expected to design and teach courses that align with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the Design Lab, and the Indigenous Futures Institute programs.

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning is a rapidly growing department with a commitment to planning research and education in support of climate justice. For this search, we seek scholars in urban and regional planning whose research, teaching, and service emphasizes planning by, with and for Black, Indigenous, and/or migrant communities. Scholars whose work addresses climate justice in a way that centers the interests and perspectives of Black, Indigenous, and/or migrant communities will receive special consideration.

UC San Diego was built on the unceded territory of the Kumeyaay people. Today and every day we honor their stewardship of this land and their tremendous contributions to our region. Land acknowledgements are an important gesture of collective recognition and accountability. But we also commit ourselves to action, to truth in learning and teaching the history of this place and its people, a reckoning with injustices, past and present, and a pathway forward that respects the dignity and human rights of all.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. For applicants interested in spousal/partner employment, please visit the UC San Diego Partner Opportunities Program website: https://aps.ucsd.edu/recruitment/pop/index.html.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V. 
  • Cover Letter – No more than 4 pages, describing accomplishments and future plans in teaching and research 
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity – Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information. 
  • Designing Just Futures Statement – No more than one page, applicants should describe how they are currently engaging, or are planning to engage, in frameworks focused on futures, futurities, and/or futurism at the intersections of design and social justice that prioritize Indigenous, Black, and migrant communities. 
  • Writing Sample – Up to three academic publications or other writing sample(s) 

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

Reference letters will be requested for the top 10-12 candidates of the long list.


Open date: December 13, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Mar 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.