Faculty Position: Visiting Professor in Real Estate and Urban Planning,
Theodore B. and Doris Shoong Lee Chair

Department of City and Regional Planning
College of Environmental Design
University of California, Berkeley 

The Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks applications for a Visiting Professor in Real Estate Law and Urban Planning for the Theodore B. and Doris Shoong Lee Chair with an expected start date of August 1, 2023. The chair was established to enhance the relationship between the department and the professions and to aid in bringing experts in the practice of real estate law and planning into contact with the department.

The position is open to practitioners to teach one jointly listed graduate course each year of the appointment in Real Estate Law and Urban Planning on campus. The recipient will be expected to advise students on research topics related to urban real estate, land use, or planning law, such as urban housing, zoning, finance, community development, or environmental impacts. We are particularly interested in applicants who center community empowerment and racial justice in their practice, research, service and/or teaching.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice (DEIBJ) are core values at UC Berkeley and at DCRP. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. DCRP is historically committed to addressing DEIBJ issues in its hiring, admissions, and curriculum. All successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing DEIBJ in research, practice, teaching and service.

The Department currently has 16 faculty members along with a number of lecturers. There are approximately 130 master’s students, 35 doctoral students, and 95 undergraduate students in urban studies. DCRP is highly ranked nationally and particularly well known for its MCP and PhD graduates who also can pursue joint degrees, certificates or designated emphases in other departments based on their degree program and interests. There are strong connections to other departments on campus including geography and civil engineering. For more information about DCRP see https://ced.berkeley.edu/city.

Compensation: approximately $15,000 to $17,000 per graduate course per year taught and a maximum of one course annually, and must be in residence. The payout will cover an honorarium for the visiting professor and reimbursement for travel.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree at the time of application.

Application materials must be submitted by email to the following by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on June 30, 2023. Directed to the Search Committee Chair, with “Lee Chair in Real Estate Law and Urban Planning” in the subject line to ced-personnel@berkeley.edu dcrpadmin@berkeley.edu

Applications must include:

  • cover letter;

  • curriculum vitae;

  • a single statement summarizing your professional practice, teaching, advising, research, and service experience. For service, this is broadly defined and may include community-engaged collaborations, volunteering, leadership roles in associations, and advisory boards.

  • a separate statement (though may be related to the above statement) on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice including information about your understanding of these issues, your record of activities to date (if any), and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired;

  • up to three academic, policy or practice-based publications or reports, if any; and

  • contact information for 3-5 individuals from whom we may request letters of reference if needed. * 

  • teaching evaluations may be requested*

The department is committed to addressing the family needs of its faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths, taken time off, or achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or the career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit: http://ofew.berkeley.edu/new-faculty

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action, policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct. The department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples and single parents. Further information is available at http://ofew.berkeley.edu/new-faculty

*Letters of reference and teaching evaluations are not needed at this time. Candidates will be notified if letters will be requested by the search committee and if the candidate is to provide teaching evaluations.

Further, all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (e.g., dossier service), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.