School of Public Policy - 2 Assistant Professors/Public Policy - Open Discipline

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, School of Public Policy
  • Amherst, MA, USA
  • Aug 08, 2021
Full time Public Administration & Policy Social & Behavioral Sciences

Job Description


The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy invites applications for two tenure system faculty positions at the level of Assistant Professor expected to start on September 1, 2022.  Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration. SPP faculty research and teaching interests include international/comparative, federal, state, and local levels. Areas of interest for the search include public or nonprofit management; social policy; technology and governance; and sustainability, environmental and climate policy.  We encourage in particular applications from candidates whose work foregrounds concerns around racial justice and equity (including from intersectional perspectives) within the above areas of interest. Competitive candidates should be able to teach courses at the undergraduate and master’s levels in policy analysis, quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods, nonprofit management, or public administration and management. These two position openings build on existing faculty strength and are the second phase of the School of Public Policy’s multi-year hiring plan.

The School of Public Policy offers a 37-credit Master of Public Policy and a 48-credit Master of Public Policy and Administration degree, and is launching an undergraduate major in Public Policy. 

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Successful candidates will exhibit promise in scholarly publishing, a commitment to public policy and management education, and a willingness to contribute to the growth of the School of Public Policy. Applicants must have earned a PhD in Public Policy or Administration, or a closely related social science discipline, by the starting date of the appointment. 

Application Details

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  1. A letter of interest addressed to Professor Alasdair Roberts, Director, School of Public Policy, Thompson Hall, 200 Hicks Way,  Amherst, MA 01003 USA
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Up to three samples of written work
  4. Evidence of quality teaching (such as summaries of teaching evaluations and/or a teaching statement
  5. Names and contact information for three professional references

In addition to the materials noted above, applicants should also submit a one-page diversity statement that discusses the candidate’s skills, experiences and commitment to: teaching and mentoring diverse and historically underrepresented student populations, professional service that assists in achieving equity, inclusion, and diversity, and how the candidate’s past or future research addresses fundamental questions important to an increasingly diverse and global society.

Applicants are required to apply through the UMass online application system, unless unable to do so.

Any questions about the position may be sent to: Alasdair Roberts, Director, School of Public Policy at

Review of applications will begin on September 20, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. 

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.


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Application Deadline

Open until filled.