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Announcement: Urban planning part-time instructors needed at San José State University

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  • Dayana Salazar
    Announcement: Urban planning part-time instructors needed at San José State University?s Urban Planning Department to teach: - Community Planning Studio -
    Message 1 of 1 , May 8, 2008

      Announcement: Urban planning part-time instructors needed at San José State University’s Urban Planning Department to teach:

      - Community Planning Studio
      - Communications Skills for Planners

      The Urban and Regional Planning Department at San José State University is searching for part-time faculty to teach urban planning classes in the Fall 2008 semester.  Please see below for a description of the classes and application procedures.

      This graduate-level course teaches urban planning students how to prepare high-quality written documents and oral presentations.  The class is taught in a hands-on style, using real-world writing and speaking exercises relevant to planning professionals.

      This course will be offered in Fall 2008 on Mondays, from 4:00 - 6:45 p.m.

      The ideal candidate will have:

      - Excellent writing and public speaking skills.

      - Experience teaching writing and/or public speaking.

      - Experience working as a professional planner or in a profession with similar writing and speaking standards, such as public policy.

      - Experience writing research reports that comply with both professional and academic citation practices.

      - A master’s degree (required).

      In addition, the instructor must agree to work with the current instructor of the course to design the class so that it follows closely the assignments and readings currently being taught in UrbP 213 (see http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/weinstein.agrawal/urbp213.htm).


      Urban Planning 201 is a graduate-level studio course for urban planning students that employs fieldwork and laboratory assignments to teach the theories and techniques of urban analysis used to identify the assets, problems, and opportunities of a community. Employing a systematic urban planning process, students synthesize the issues inherent in complex, real world situations so that the problems and their solutions are meaningful to the client community.

      The class also teaches students to:

      - Employ a collaborative planning process to develop a plan in partnership with community stakeholders.

      - Communicate effectively through writing, speaking, and visual materials.

      - Work effectively as members and leaders of diverse planning teams.

      Two sections of this course will be offered in Fall 2008. One section will meet on Wednesday, 4:00 to 10:00 p.m., and the other will met on Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  (Both classes will have a 30 minute break in the middle.)

      The ideal candidate will have:

      - A master’s degree in urban planning or a closely related field (required).

      - Significant professional experience in urban planning.

      - Experience working with community stakeholders in urban planning projects.

      - Some teaching experience.

      The department has potential community planning projects to suggest for this course, but instructors are also invited to propose a project.

      TO APPLY:
      Please submit:

      1. A statement explaining the class you wish to teach and your qualifications for the position.

      2. A resume.

      3. The names and contact information for three references who will be available in mid-June, and a signed, original letter from you stating that the department may contact these references to ask about your qualifications.

      4. A sample of your professional writing (professional reports, plans, staff reports, articles for professional journals, etc.).

      Please submit your application by mail to:
         Dayana Salazar, Chair
         Urban and Regional Planning Department
         San José State University
         San José, CA 95192-0185

      If you have questions about the positions, please contact Professor Salazar at dayana.salazar@... or 408-924-5854.

      Review of applications will begin on June 6, 2008.

      The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers graduate study leading to the degree of Master of Urban Planning. This program, accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board, is designed to prepare skilled professionals who are well grounded in the theories, methods, and techniques of planning in local, regional, and state government for the purpose of improving the quality of urban regions. In addition, it provides students with an opportunity for developing a significant background in a particular area of specialization. A special mission of the department is to promote planning education opportunities for a diverse student population, including working students who prefer to attend the program on a part-time basis.

      For further information about the Urban and Regional Planning Department, please visit our website:
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