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Position Summary

The UNM Community and Regional Planning (CRP) Department seeks applicants for an Assistant Professor in the area of Indigenous Planning. We invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision. Applications received on or before November 10, 2021 will have best consideration. The position will remain open until filled. The appointment will begin August 10, 2022.


The CRP Department has a diverse faculty and student body who are committed to social transformation, collective action and community engagement that works towards social justice and resilient communities. The CRP department offers two degrees, a BA in Environmental Planning and Design and an accredited Master of Community and Regional Planning. The MCRP program has concentrations in Natural Resources and Environmental Planning, Community Development, Physical Planning and Design and Indigenous Planning. The Indigenous Planning concentration is the only one of its kind in the nation and attracts students and scholars from across the hemisphere.

Strengths or interests in addition to Indigenous Planning, in areas relating to spatial analysis, rural planning, Chicanx communities, or Latin America are a plus. Teaching responsibilities will include graduate and undergraduate courses in planning, and may include directing a newly established Certificate in Indigenous Planning.

The CRP Department is also affiliated with the School’s Indigenous Design and Planning Institute and the Resource Center for Raza Planning. It has dual master degrees with Water Resources, Latin American Studies, and Public Administration.

UNM is New Mexico’s flagship research institution, and the largest university in the state. UNM is categorized as a Research 1 / RU/VH Research University (very high research activity) and designated as a Community Engaged University in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. It is classified as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), one of only 9 Research I HSI universities in the country, and a Minority Serving Institution.

The University of New Mexico is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. It is an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

Other degree programs in the School of Architecture and Planning include a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, an accredited professional Master of Architecture degree, as well as a non-professional Master of Science in Architecture, an accredited of Master of Landscape Architecture, along with two graduate certificate programs: Historic Preservation and Regionalism, and Urban Innovation. The School has been involved in public interest design for over fifty years through its Design and Planning Assistance Center (DPAC). 

The School of Architecture and Planning is housed in the award-winning George Pearl Hall, designed by architect Antoine Predock, and located along Central Avenue, on the edge of UNM’s Albuquerque campus.

Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico, is located along the Rio Grande, adjacent to the Sandia Mountains. A high desert city, the climate is mild most of the year. One can participate in a full range of outdoor activities year-round. Albuquerque is an inclusive, diverse city with a fabulous climate, low-cost lifestyle, and excellent outdoor recreation.


Minimum Qualifications:

1) Ph.D. with Specialization in Indigenous Planning or a Closely Related Field;
2) Ability to Teach, Teaching Experience or Teaching Training at the Undergraduate or Master Levels; and
3) Written Academic Scholarship in a Planning Related Field.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Promise of Scholarship;

2) Demonstrated Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Student Success as well as Working with Broadly Diverse Communities;

3) Experience in Community-Based Practice in Indigenous Communities;

4) Interest or Experience in Remote Program Offerings;

5) Ability to Advise and Direct Graduate Work;

6) Ability to Work Cooperatively in Collegial Settings.

Application Instructions

Only applications submitted through the official UNMJobs site will be accepted. If you are viewing this job advertisement on a 3rd party site, please visit UNMJobs to submit an application.

Applicants are required to submit the following through UNMJobs: 1) 1-2 page letter of interest stating specific research interests and interest in the position; 2) 1 page statement describing teaching preparation and interests; 3) curriculum vitae; 4) the name, address, telephone number and e-mail address of three references; and, 5) two examples of published or written scholarship such as articles, conference papers, or book or dissertation chapters. The search committee has the option to ask candidates to provide additional scholarship or teaching materials.

Applicants who are appointed to a UNM faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

For Best Consideration

For best consideration, please apply by 11/10/2021. This position will remain open until filled.