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Outreach Specialist Continuing Appointment in the School of Planning Design and Construction 

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    Michigan State University

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    East Lansing, Michigan

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  • Opportunity Description




    The School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) at Michigan State University invites applications for a fulltime, 12month Continuing Academic Specialist with a 85% outreach and 15% teaching assignment.  This is a non-tenure track, outreach specialist position housed in the School of Planning Design and Construction.  This position will focus on adaptive strategies to enhance the sustainability and resilience of communities with an emphasis on climate change and development regulation. Activities will include creating educational programs and technical assistance to the multi-dimensional challenges of climate resilience and adaptation, renewable energy, sustainable urban design, green infrastructure, and diversity of community engagement in the urban planning process. Collaborative applied research, teaching, and Extension outreach will be conducted in conjunction with the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) and Urban and Regional Planning (URP) program in alignment with the Community, Food and Environment Institute (CFEI) within Michigan State University Extension (MSUE). lmpactful and inclusive engagement will take place with the various institutes, centers and programs within MSU and MSUE including the CFEI Land Use Team and Center for Local Government and Finance. In addition, this position will teach one course per year in the Urban Planning Program with a preference for Land Use Law.  Other potential topics including community development, sustainable design, and/or climate adaptation.




    Required Degree

    Masters -Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture

    Desired Degree

    Doctorate -Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture


    Minimum Requirements

    A Masters degree (in Urban & Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, or a closely related field), earned by the position start date. Substantive knowledge in land use and environmental law and regulations.


    Desired Qualifications

    A PhD (in Urban & Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, or a closely related field) or a Juris Doctorate (JD) in land use law is preferred. Desired qualifications include previous experience developing and delivering community training programs and facilitation of community planning activities. A strong track record of accessing external funding for research and outreach projects is desired.


    Required Application Materials


    For consideration, submit your application online at Upload the following required documents: a) letter of interest that includes qualifications for the position and statement of Extension/Outreach philosophy highlighting how your experiences align with the position; b) current curriculum vitae; c) a description of how you will contribute to our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals; and d) contact information for three professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

    The search committee will begin reviewing applications on February 19, 2024, and continue until a suitable candidate is selected. Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Marie Ruemenapp, Outreach Specialist, School of Planning, Design and Construction, Michigan State University,