Job ID: 220536

Tenure or Tenure-Track Faculty and Program Director in Real Estate Development

Tulane University

  • Aug. 31, 2023
  • Tenure or Tenure-Track Faculty and Program Director in Real Estate Development
  • School of Architecture
  • Tulane University
    New Orleans, LA
  • Open until filled
  • Open until filled
  • Prof of Practice/Clinical Prof
    Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
    Associate/Assistant Director
  • Design - Interior Design
    Design - Industrial Art/Design
    Design - Graphic Design/Illustration
    Architecture/Landscape Architecture
    Fine Arts - General


The School of Architecture at Tulane University is seeking qualified candidates in Real Estate and Urban Development at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure-track/tenured). 

The program seeks to hire one or more faculty members who can teach core real estate courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including lectures, seminars and studio courses. In particular, the program seeks applications from scholars who can competently teach introductory core courses in real estate development, real estate finance, urban policy, proforma modeling, and/or housing policy and finance, among other core courses. 

Candidates may originate in any number of disciplinary fields, including urban planning, urban economics, geography or real estate finance. Candidates for this tenured or tenure-track position are expected to have obtained a doctorate in an allied field of the built environment. Candidates with practical professional experience are encouraged to apply. Candidates without a doctorate may be considered for a Professor of Practice appointment.  

The specialized research areas for the real estate faculty include climate change, sustainability science, community development and affordable housing. However, the program welcomes faculty candidates who advance a wide array of research inquiries inside and outside of these research concentrations. The program in real estate is home to 300 undergraduate students (Bachelor of Science in Real Estate (B.S.R.E.) and 20 graduate students (Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development (M.S.R.E.D.)). Faculty are expected to support advising and service responsibilities consistent with all appointed full-time faculty. The real estate program is particularly interested in developing career-centered curricular modules that help students transition into the real estate job market.  

This search expects to identify a new Director of the Real Estate Program among the successful candidates. The real estate program was founded over a dozen years ago by a group of core faculty with a long-standing commitment to training real estate professionals engaged in tackling issues around the environment and climate change the wealth gap and social inequality. The Director sets the academic vision for the program and serves as its public face in outreach to potential students, professional colleagues, and partner organizations and institutions. The Director also works closely with the program's Associate Director(s), the Administrative infrastructure in the School of Architecture, and the Administrative Program Coordinators (APCs) to manage the administrative functions of the program itself. We are seeking extraordinary candidates for this role whose research, professional experience, and vision are ripe for leading the next generation of the program.  

Salary and academic ranks will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The expected starting date of the positions is between January 1, 2024 and July 1, 2024. For questions related to the real estate program, the School of Architecture and/or this search notice, please contact: Dr. Jesse M. Keenan, Favrot II Associate Professor of Sustainable Real Estate (email:  


Tulane University’s academic programs in real estate are aligned with the School of Architecture’s programs. Faculty members at Tulane School of Architecture (TuSA) teach coursework and collaborate as appropriate to their expertise across the school’s programs including Architecture (B.Arch, B.S.Arch, M.Arch and M.S.Arch), Landscape Architecture and Engineering (M.L.A.-M.S.E.), Real Estate (B.S.R.E., M.S.R.E.D.), Preservation (M.S.H.P.), Design (B.A.Des.), Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SISE), and the Tulane’s interdisciplinary Ph.D. program City, Culture, and Community (CCC). Other schools, programs and centers at Tulane University provide opportunities for interdisciplinary research and collaboration, including the A.B. Freeman School of Business graduate degrees (M.B.A., M.S.), the ByWater Institute, the Murphy Institute, and the School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine.  

We are known for our robust community outreach, design-build, and multi-disciplinary research initiatives that involve climate change, coastal and riparian crisis, historic preservation, sustainable real estate development, and the challenges for social and environmental justice. The complex nature of this region provides ample opportunities for comparative global studies. For this reason, we expect Tulane’s contributions to be of urgent relevance.  

Located in New Orleans, Tulane University is a tier-one research university in the United States, member of the selected group of top research universities integrated in the AAU. The School is an innovator in the field of the built environment at multiple scales, from buildings to neighborhoods and from urban landscapes to regional planning. The City of New Orleans and the Mississippi Delta are our natural domains of research, with the social and ecological challenges of the region at the forefront of contemporary discourses in global cities. The city is home to a diverse community steeped in a long history of action and exchange. Our 15th President, Mike Fitts, has strong commitments to anti-racism that the Tulane School of Architecture has taken up in multiple ways. The Tulane School of Architecture is committed to climate action and is charting a path for climate change education across each of its representative programs. Social and climate justice are interconnected phenomena that demand a new ethic of the built and unbuilt environments that is reinforced by pioneering research, teaching and service. 

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The successful candidates should have earned a Ph.D. (or D.Des) in the fields of real estate development, urban planning and/or the building sciences, among other allied fields of the built environment by the start date of the appointment. Candidates with significant professional experience and who possess a terminal or professional degree in a field that is allied to the built environment will also be considered for a Professor of Practice position.  

Faculty members at Tulane School of Architecture are expected to teach; work with the faculty, the dean, and other programs at Tulane to develop curriculum; contribute to cross-disciplinary research initiatives, and engage in service through a range of academic committees. Furthermore, candidates are expected to vigorously pursue an agenda of high-impact design research, writing, and creative production. 


To be considered for the position, please submit the following documentation in a .PDF forma through Interfolio*:

  1. Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. Letter of Interest
  3. Research Statement
  4. Teaching Statement with a few samples of your teaching materials (e.g., course syllabus and/or course evaluations) 
  5. Brief statement describing your specific contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)
  6. Sample Research Paper(s)
  7. Contact information for three (3) references. Only candidates who reach the final stage of the interview process will have their references contacted.  

* Please follow the application website guidelines for maximum upload file size 

We seek and welcome candidates’ applications from historically underrepresented groups, such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), women, LGBTQ+, and those living with disabilities as well as veterans. The search committee will commence its initial review of applications in the summer of 2023 and will continue to review applications on a rolling basis until the final appointments have been made. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the positions are filled.  

Apply to the following link: 


    Tulane University is committed to creating a community and culture that fosters a sense of belonging for all. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We are intentionally seeking candidates who are committed to fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in support of Tulane’s Strategy for Tomorrow. 

    Tulane University is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact the Office of Human Resources & Institutional Equity by phone at 504-865-4748 or email:

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Contact Information

  • Sean Huff
    School of Architecture
    Tulane University
    6823 St. Charles Avenue
    New Orleans, LA 70117
  • 5043142329

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