CRP Assistant/Associate Professor in Indigenous Planning

University of New Mexico, School of Architecture + Planning
Department of Community + Regional Planning
Assistant/Associate Professor in Indigenous Planning

The UNM Community and Regional Planning (CRP) Department seeks applicants for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Indigenous Planning. We invite applications for a full-time faculty position either at the level of Assistant Professor (probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision) or Associate Professor (tenured). Applications received on or before January 15th will have best consideration, the position will remain open until filled. The appointment will begin August 19, 2024

The CRP department offers two degrees, a BA in Environmental Planning and Design and an accredited Master of Community and Regional Planning. In addition to Indigenous Planning (IP), the MCRP program has graduate concentrations in Natural Resources and Environmental Planning, Community Development, and Physical Planning and Design. The IP Graduate Concentration is the only one of its kind in the nation and attracts students and scholars from across the hemisphere.  An online IP Certificate has also been approved and efforts are underway to make it available nationwide. The School also has the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute whose community-based work spans the Southwest, the US, and other hemispheric Indigenous territories.

Teaching responsibilities will include graduate and undergraduate courses in planning. The appointment may also include an appointment with the School’s Indigenous Design and Planning Institute. In addition to IP, strengths in areas relating to spatial analysis and place-based planning are a plus.

The CRP Department is also affiliated with the School’s Resource Center for Raza Planning and has dual Master degrees with Water Resources, Latin American Studies, and Public Administration. 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 School has been involved in public interest design for over fifty years through its Design and Planning Assistance Center (DPAC). 

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 Master of Landscape Architecture degree, along with two graduate certificate programs in Urban Innovation and Historic Preservation and Regionalism.

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.


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 1 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.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Ph.D. with expertise in Indigenous Planning or Indigenous Studies;
  2. Ability to teach, teaching experience or teaching training at the undergraduate and master levels; and
  3. Written academic scholarship in a Planning related field and promise of an innovative scholarly trajectory.

Preferred Qualifications: 

1)                  Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Student Success as well as working with broadly diverse communities;

2)                  Experience in community-based practice in Indigenous communities;

3)                  Experience with or interest in working with Indigenous communities in the Southwestern United States;

4)                  Interest or experience in remote program offerings;

5)                  Ability to advise and direct graduate work;

6)                  Ability to work cooperatively in collegial settings.


To submit an application, please visit UNMJobs website, and reference req27484.

Application Requirements: Applicants are required to submit the PDF Documents 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. Not to exceed to 10 pages

The search committee has the option to ask candidates to provide additional scholarship or teaching materials.

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