The School of Government seeks a tenure-track assistant professor of public law and government to specialize in the area of land use law and planning. The faculty member will focus on the core substantive areas of zoning, land subdivision, related development regulations, and city and county planning.
These core areas of land use law involve wide-ranging and substantial legal issues, including local ordinance adoption and interpretation, permitting and enforcement, statutory authority and state preemption, and Constitutional limitations. Several other fields are intertwined with these core areas, including planning policy, local environmental law, transportation planning, and code enforcement.
The duties of the position include
Participating in the planning of, and teaching in, programs and conferences for North Carolina local and state government officials, including planning and zoning officials, city and county attorneys and managers, elected local government officials, and citizen boards (such as planning boards, boards of adjustment, historic preservation commissions).
Advising state and local government officials on legal, policy, and practice issues.
Writing practical scholarship that helps state and local government officials do their jobs more effectively, fairly, and efficiently. Such scholarship may include books, articles, case and legislative summaries, and blog posts, and may build on existing resources or may represent entirely new resources.
In addition to working with state and local government officials, this position is likely to interact with the media, legislators, advocates, and other stakeholders. Work at the School is collaborative in nature, and this position will have frequent contact with other faculty and staff who work in local government law, planning, community economic development, and finance.
Work is centered in Chapel Hill but requires occasional travel and consultation around the state. Faculty appointments are year-round (rather than the nine-month academic year).
The School of Government recognizes the importance of an educational and work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued. To that end, we are strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. For more information about the School's commitment to diversity, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page: sog.unc.edu/resources/microsites/diversity-and-inclusion.
As the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government offers up to 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year. Established as the Institute of Government in 1931, the School of Government’s mission is to improve the lives of North Carolinians through engaged scholarship that helps public officials understand and improve state and local government. For more information about the School's mission and history, visit (https://www.sog.unc.edu/about/mission-and-history).
Education and Experience:
Excellent writing skills, strong academic background, and a demonstrated commitment to public service required. Work experience in identified legal specialties is desirable, but not required. Master's degree in city and regional planning or a related field is desirable, but not required.
Because this position is at the rank of assistant professor, a junior faculty position, recent graduates are encouraged to apply.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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