Thursday, 06 September 2018 09:10

Opening for a Tenured Professorship in Regional Science at Cornell University

Cornell University

Department of City and Regional Planning

Tenured Professor Position in Regional Science

The Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University invites applications for a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to begin in July 2019. Applicants at the rank of Assistant Professor with advanced standing will also be considered.


Walter Isard defined regional science as a discipline concerned with “the careful and patient study of social problems with regional or spatial dimensions, employing diverse combinations of analytical and empirical research.” Applicants for this position should hold a Ph.D. in regional science or an allied field—e.g., planning, urban and regional economics, agricultural or environmental economics, economic geography, civil engineering, demography, developmental sociology, transportation science, or spatial analytics. We seek applicants with strong publication records in regional science journals and experience teaching core courses in regional science—e.g., industrial location theory, economic impact analysis, CGE modeling, agent-based modeling, or spatial statistical analysis—as well as a course in methods of planning analysis. Applicants should have a record of regular attendance at meetings of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). It is expected that the successful applicant will become a member of the Graduate Field of Regional Science. The faculty of the Graduate Field includes 25 members from eight academic departments in five colleges of the University.   A successful candidate will provide leadership in, and help shape the future of, the Graduate Field of Regional Science at Cornell, and advise both graduate and undergraduate students.


Cornell’s Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) is a top-ranked planning department with a progressive mission. Our goal in teaching, research, and public engagement is to promote vibrant communities, urban sustainability, and social equity, especially giving attention to race, class, gender and sexual orientation. The department has 130 undergraduate majors (BS-Urban and Regional Studies), 110 master’s degree students in programs in City and Regional Planning (accredited MRP), Historic Preservation Planning (MA), and Regional Science (MA and MS), and 35 Ph.D. students in City and Regional Planning and Regional Science. The Department, with a full-time faculty of 15, draws students from across the U.S. and the world and is one of the premier programs for U.S. and international planning. The Department is in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, which is committed to advancing scholarship in the art and science of place-making and urban design by providing a supportive, resource-rich context for collaborative studies both within the unit and across the university. Demonstrating this commitment, CRP supports dual degrees with Cornell programs in Landscape Architecture and Real Estate.


The Department of City and Regional Planning, and the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities and genders. Cornell is a recognized employer and educator for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Cornell University also seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.


Please submit your curriculum vitae, letter of intent, research and teaching statements, writing sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names of at least three references electronically to Academic Jobs Online at The application materials should provide evidence of high-quality research and creative practice through publishing, grantsmanship, excellence in teaching and advising, as well as professional or consultative experience in urban or regional environments in the U.S. and internationally. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 15, 2018 until we identify a pool of qualified candidates for the position. Further information about Cornell, the department, and CRP students, alumni, and faculty may be found at

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