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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: School Of Planning,Des&construction-Css 10038116
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Education/Training, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Part Time (1-49.9%), Union

Position Summary

Michigan State University actively promotes a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The Urban and Regional Planning Program in the School of Planning, Design & Construction (SPDC) at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for an Assistant Instructor to teach the Planning Law and Development course for Spring 2023.  The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:20am to 12:10pm from January 9th through May 5th.  The Planning and Development Law class is URP’s required core course that covers a broad array of the major legal concepts and issues in a variety of planning and development contexts.  This position necessitates guiding students in completing papers, presentations and quizzes to understand the positive and negative consequences of developing and implementing regulatory controls and the application of the Code of Ethics and professional conduct of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Position is planned to recur every Spring Semester

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Bachelors -Urban and Regional Planning

Minimum Requirements

  • This position requires a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from an accredited U.S. University. 
  • Required qualifications include planning and development law experience in professional planning practice, preferably in Michigan.
  • Strong presentation experience before professional bodies, citizens or students is required.       

Desired Qualifications

  • The AICP credential is preferred.

Required Application Materials

All candidates for the position must apply online at  Applicants for this position should submit 1) a formal letter of interest, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) two letters of reference.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

This posting closes on October 6, 2022. The appointment will commence on January 1, 2023. Questions regarding this position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Wayne Beyea,


Department Statement

The Urban and Regional Planning program was established in 1946, the Program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) since 1987. We offer a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning (BSURP), a Master of Urban and Regional planning (MURP) and a Ph.D. in Planning, Design and Construction.  The overall vision/mission of the Urban & Regional Planning (URP) Program is to create a sustainable built and natural environment that enriches communities through leadership, entrepreneurial creativity, social responsibility and environmentally sustainable planning and policy. Toward that end, the URP program strives to offer exemplary teaching in the programs offered, relevant and timely research, and foster a sense of community among faculty, students, alumni, staff and other stakeholders.  For more information, please refer to our website at:

The School of Planning, Design, and Construction unites four academic programs related to the built environment: Construction Management, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning, with 43 faculty and academic specialists, and 8 staff members. The School offers 8 degree pathways from Bachelors to Ph.D. – including 5 professionally accredited degrees with over 350 undergraduate and 50 graduate students. The School is jointly administered by the Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Social Science.

The mission of the School is to advance the knowledge, prepare innovative leaders, and support the practice of planning, design, and construction. Our academic activities address sustainability, health, transportation, economic development and communities. Please refer to the School’s homepage available at:

The School of Planning, Design and Construction and the College of Social Science actively promote a dynamic research and learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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