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Lecturer Position, Urban and Regional Planning - Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability

Apply now Job no: 496930
Work type: Regular Full-Time
Location: Glassboro, New Jersey
Categories: Faculty - School of Earth and Environment

The Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability seeks to hire a full-time Lecturer in Urban and Regional Planning to begin September 1, 2023. The successful candidate will teach 24 credit hours at the undergraduate and graduate levels each academic year with the option to teach overload and summer classes for additional compensation. Courses include introduction to planning, advanced community planning & site design, environmental planning, and planning in New Jersey. The candidate may also propose and develop new courses related to his or her interests and/or specialization. When applicable, the lecturer will be expected to teach their courses through the lens of humanities most pressing existential crises, namely the climate crisis and the biodiversity crisis.

The position is non-tenure track, but provides renewable, multiyear 10-month contracts with benefits, as well as the opportunity for promotion to Senior Lecturer and Master Lecturer. Successful candidates should employ effective contemporary pedagogical techniques. Lecturers are expected to contribute to departmental and university service through membership on department-, school-, and/or university-level committees, advising student organizations, coordinating introductory course offerings, and/or assisting with curriculum development among various potential contributions.

The Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability includes 4 tenured research faculty, 1 tenured non-research faculty, 2 additional research faculty members with joint appointments in other academic units, and 4 full-time lecturers. The Department has approximately 175 majors across four undergraduate degree programs and 1 graduate program: BA Geography, BA Environmental and Sustainability Studies, BS Community and Environmental Planning, BS Geographic Information Science, and MS in Urban and Regional Planning. The successful candidates will have the opportunity to join an energetic group of faculty committed to providing students with an outstanding education, maintaining traditions of collegiality, civic engagement, and community outreach.

Qualifications: Candidates must hold a Ph.D. (preferred) or Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Preference will be given candidates with AICP and/or PP credentials. Candidates who do not hold these credentials must outline a commitment to obtaining them. Evidence of strong prior teaching experience is required. Strong interpersonal communication skills are essential. Applications must be submitted through our online application system and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, prior teaching evaluations, and the contact information for three professional references. If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Kevin Keenan, Chairperson of the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability at

  • To ensure full consideration, please submit your application by October 31, 2022.

Rowan University is a Carnegie-classified R2 Doctoral University, engaged in a university-wide push towards R1 status. The university enrolls approximately 22,000 students. Its main campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20-miles southeast of Philadelphia. Philadelphia International Airport is 30 minutes away, and New York and Washington, DC are easily accessible by train from 30th Street Station. The Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park & Museum (, located only 4 miles from campus, is closely associated with the School of Earth & Environment and provides unique opportunities and teaching resources to faculty members and students.

The School of Earth & Environment is integral to Rowan’s Catalysts for Sustainability program, which coalesces a group of scholars from each of the university’s schools and colleges around the themes of the climate and biodiversity crises. Scholars hired in the School of Earth & Environment will have outstanding communication skills, a deep commitment to advancing solutions to the climate crisis and biodiversity crisis, and will have demonstrated dedication to sharing their scholarship with the public through various outreach initiatives.

Rowan University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.


Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the US, and the university will not sponsor an applicant for a work visa for this position.

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