Teach for Planetizen


  • Planetizen Courses subscribers are committed to improving their careers and their community. Here is your chance to help them achieve lofty ambitions.
  • Instructors will work with the Planetizen Courses team to produce one-hour online training courses in the skills and concepts necessary to thrive in planning and related fields.


  • Architecture and Urban Design
  • Urban Development
  • Residential Development
  • Commercial Development
  • Density
  • Affordable Housing
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Zoning Codes
  • Planning 101
  • Public Transit
  • Transportation Planning
  • Covid-19 and the Future Cities
  • Infill Development
  • Subdivisions
  • Project Financing
  • Urban Design Software
  • Infrastructure
  • Environmental Planning
  • The Future of Mobility


  • Minimum 3 years of planning, or related experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise with the topic(s) you propose to teach.
  • Prepared curriculum. (Ideally, you are already teaching or presenting on the topic.)
  • If teaching about a software product, the instructor should have a functional, licensed copy of the software for demonstration.
  • Excellent computer and Internet literacy.
  • Comfort delivering a presentation in front of a camera in a studio.
  • Complete fluency in English.


  • Participate in an initial orientation call or Zoom meeting.
  • Participate in two course planning meetings with a Planetizen Courses producer.
  • Prepared course outlines for each course in consultation with the Planetizen Courses producer.
  • Work with a Planetizen Courses producer to determine appropriate images, video, and other materials.
  • Prepare a slide deck for each course.
  • Meet preproduction deadlines for deliverables.
  • Record video courses at Planetizen's video studio in Los Angeles, California.
  • Prepare a multiple choice quiz for each course.


  • Compensation is paid per course, based on teaching experience.
  • Instructors receive visibility on the Planetizen Courses website.
  • Instructors can work from any location to plan the courses, but must visit the Planetizen Courses studio in Los Angeles, CA to record the course.
  • Planetizen Courses provides a travel stipend for instructors outside of Southern California.

To Apply

Please submit the following to Olga Serhijchuk, Planetizen Courses Product Manager, via email [email protected].

  • Resume.
  • A short cover letter explaining your interest and experience in the proposed course topics.
  • A one-paragraph summary for each course you propose to teach.
  • A 1-minute audio and video recording of yourself discussing any topic. (This could be recorded using a smart phone or any inexpensive camera. We're not looking for video quality, just your presentation style.)

Thanks for your potential interest in becoming a Planetizen Instructor.