Urban Studies & Planning

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Urban Studies & Planning

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The mission of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning is to prepare students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, for professional careers in urban studies and planning.  In addition, the department seeks to provide a broad based educational experience, set in the context of the social sciences, which contributes to the development of informed and thoughtful individuals prepared to contribute to the society at large.   Department faculty supports the mission through teaching, research and publication, community outreach and action, and university service.


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