Urban Studies & Planning


(August 10, 2016)

Job Openings: [Computer Lab Assistant; Student Graders]
The Department of Urban Studies and Planning has a job openings for a Student Lab Assistant and Student Graders:

Student Computer Lab Assistant

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning has a job opening for a Computer Lab Assistant, who will supervise the Urban Studies and Planning open lab area and complete other tasks as assigned by the department chair and administrative coordinator.
o Proficiency in intermediate computer usage required, including Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel.
o Must be a Federal Work-Study aid recipient.
o Advanced software skills in geographic information systems (GIS), Creative Suite applications, Sketch-Up, and Autocad are preferred.
o Graduate student or upper division status preferred.
o Students in the Master of Urban Planning program highly preferred.
Visit the department office at Sierra Hall, Room 220, to obtain an application form. Must attach resume.

Student Graders (Instructional Student Assistant)

Qualifications: Enrollment in current semester required. Graduate student standing required. Passing score in Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam required. Enrollment in MUP program preferred.
Responsibilities: The majority of work performed by an Instructional Student Assistant is assessment of student work requiring specific academic knowledge directly related to the subject matter with authority to assign a grade based on the rubric provided by the instructor (i.e. test or assignment grades) within a range of points. Instructional student assistants will evaluate student assignments, process Scantron forms, enter grades in class gradebook, and attend class sessions for Upper Division Writing Intensive Courses.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Please submit a completed Statement of Professional Preparation and Experience Form (SC-1) to the department coordinator.
Inquiries and nominations should be addressed to:
Pat Ordoñez, Administrative Coordinator
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Telephone: 818-677-2904



(July 29, 2016)

Job Opening: [Front Office Student Assistant]
The Department of Urban Studies and Planning has a job opening for a Student Assistant to assist us with our front desk reception area and various clerical duties.
• Federal Work-Study Award recipient
• Fall semester availability:
o Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 am – 12:30 pm
• Preferred:
o Urban Studies and Planning major
Visit the department office at Sierra Hall, Room 220, to obtain an application form. Must attach resume.

(May 11, 2016)

Attention URBS Students: The lab is open during finals. Please see the special hours below

SH 278B FINALS WEEK (May 16-20) Open Lab Hours for department majors, minors, and graduate students:

This is the schedule for finals week only, from Monday, May 16th to May 20th

Monday: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM & 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Thursday: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Friday: CLOSED


(February 10, 2016)

SH 278B Open Lab Hours for department majors, minors, and graduate students:

Monday: 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM & 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Thursday: 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Friday: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM


(November 17, 2015)

Job Opening available for Graduate Students: (CLOSED)

The department is seeking applicants for a computer lab assistant position. The position is open to graduate students only, M.U.P students preferred. Applicants must be enrolled in at least 4 units of graduate courses. Non-resident and international students must be enrolled full-time. Please follow the links for more information:

For more information, you may contact:
Pat Ordoñez, Administrative Coordinator


(October 27, 2015)

Graduate Education Night 2015

Are you interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree in planning? Do you have questions about preparation, funding, and experience? Please join the Department of Urban Studies and Planning in a panel discussion on graduate school choices and experiences. This session will be moderated by Prof. Alessandro Rigolon and will have panelists of URBS Alumni: Jose Tchoupourian, UCLA (CSUN '14), Max Franco, UC Irvine (CSUN '08), and Sam Gutierrez, SJSU (CSUN '13).

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm

Location: Sierra Hall Room 209

For more information, you may call the department office at (818) 677-2904.

(October 16, 2015)

Part-time Lecturers (Temporary) 

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning at California State University, Northridge is currently recruiting lecturers to teach two graduate courses in Spring 2016: Seminar in Comprehensive Planning and Planning law. The deadline is November 10, 2015. Detailed position announcements can be found on the department’s website at: http://www.csun.edu/social-behavioral-sciences/urban-studies-planning/employment-opportunities

Questions may be directed to:

Rob Kent, Chair

Welcome Transfer Students!

This summer before you embark on your academic journey here at CSUN, we need for you to contact the Department of Urban Studies and Planning to set up an advisement appointment. The Department can be reached from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday at (818) 677-2904. We can also be reached at urban.studies@csun.edu.

We look forward to seeing you soon!