Assistant Professor - School of Public Affairs - USF

  • University of South Florida, School of Public Affairs
  • Tampa, FL, USA
  • Oct 08, 2021
Full time Public Administration & Policy

Job Description


Organizational Summary

The mission of USF’s School of Public Affairs is to deliver scholarly research and professional graduate degree and certificate programs—including our MPA Program—to meet the needs of 21st Century governments and the communities they serve. To that end, the school, along with and through its John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government, has developed strong working relationships with local, state, federal, and non-profit leaders and organizations—not only in our region and our state, but nationally and internationally as well—and that network offers the public administration scholar an ideal laboratory for research.


Position Summary


The University of South Florida’s School of Public Affairs invites applications for a tenure-track position as an assistant professor in its NAASPA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program. This is a nine-month appointment, with a starting date of August 7, 2022, for the Fall 2022 semester. The successful applicant will be expected to teach a variety of courses in the MPA Program's core curriculum, as well as elective courses that are consistent with the school’s instructional and research agenda. Applicants should show a strong record of or potential for research productivity and thought leadership commensurate with rank. (Research specialization is open but should fall within the broad fields of public administration and policy).

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

A PhD in public administration, public policy, public management, or a closely related field from an accredited institution is required at the time of appointment. ABD applicants will be considered, but the degree must be conferred by the appointment start date. Must meet University criteria for the rank of Assistant Professor.


Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate:


  •  Strong evidence of impactful research productivity (demonstrated through refereed publications   and written research sample) that contributes to the fields of public administration and policy. 
  •  The ability to teach graduate-level courses in one or more of the following areas: quantitative   analysis;  organizational leadership; administrative law/regulation; and/or public budgeting. 
  •  Excellence in undergraduate and graduate-level teaching (demonstrated through teaching   evaluations) 
  •  Expertise in data analytics and quantitative methods. As part of our MPA Program’s evolving   Policy Analysis Track, as well as the University’s analytics and data science initiative, the school   is interested in candidates with expertise in data analytics and quantitative methods,   particularly as they may be applied to issues of public management and public policy.
  •  Documented evidence of previous and/or current grant activity is preferred. (The University of   South Florida offers substantial resources in support of such efforts.) 
  •  Commitment to teaching in and contributing to a diverse university community.

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary is competitive and negotiable commensurate with rank.



Application Details

Application Materials:

To Apply, please visit Applications must include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Academic CV
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (including teaching and contributing to a diverse student body).
  • A research sample (this should be a sole or first-authored manuscript including background, methods, and findings sections).
  • At least two academic letters of



Posting End Date: Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. 

Apply online by completing the required information and attaching your cover letter and resume. Please include your experience as it relates to the qualifications stated above. YOUR COVER LETTER AND RESUME, PLUS ANY OTHER REQUESTED MATERIAL, MUST BE IN ONE ATTACHMENT. Only online applications are accepted for this position.

Click here for additional tutorial information. USF is an equal opportunity, equal access academic institution that embraces diversity in the workplace.

Conclusion of this search is subject to final budget approval. According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public. USF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access institution. For disability accommodations, contact Iris Lage at a minimum of five working days in advance.

The University of South Florida does not discriminate on the basis of sex and prohibits sexual harassment. Any person may report sex discrimination, including sexual harassment (whether or not the person reporting is the person alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute sex discrimination or sexual harassment), in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information listed for the Title IX Coordinator. Reports may be made at any time either online or directly to the University's Title IX Coordinator.

 The University of South Florida is a high-impact global research university dedicated to student success. Over the past 10 years, no other public university in the country has risen faster in U.S. News and World Report's national university rankings than USF. Serving more than 50,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee, USF is designated as a Preeminent State Research University by the Florida Board of Governors, placing it in the most elite category among the state's 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.

Working at USF

With more than 16,000 employees at USF, the University of South Florida is one of the largest employers in the Tampa Bay region. At USF you will find opportunities to excel in a rich academic environment that fosters the development and advancement of our employees. We believe in creating a talented, engaged and driven workforce through on-going development and career opportunities. We also offer a first class benefit package that includes medical, dental and life insurance plans, retirement plan options, tuition program and generous leave programs and more.




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Application Deadline

Review of applicants will begin on November 15, and will continue until the position is filled.