Tenure Eligible Assistant or Associate Professor, Public Administration Program

  • Virginia Commonwealth University, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
  • Richmond, Virginia, USA
  • Oct 12, 2021
Full time Public Administration & Policy

Job Description


The VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Public Administration Program invites applications for a tenure eligible faculty at the rank of assistant or associate professor to begin in August 2022. Applicants with a Ph.D. in public administration or public policy by the time of appointment are preferred (ABDs will be considered subject to demonstration of timely progress towards degree completion and the completion of all requirements for the PhD degree before the start of the appointment).

The program is seeking productive scholars and researchers with an active research agenda in social equity and policy analysis or state and local government who show a commitment to high-quality instruction that can contribute to the strength and diversity of our faculty. The faculty will complement and expand our existing expertise in the field of Public Administration Policy.

Successful candidates will join a dedicated group of colleagues with diverse interests and a demonstrated ability to teach effectively and conduct policy-relevant research with a strong commitment to service and community engagement. We are interested in faculty who will demonstrate through teaching, research, scholarship, creative expression, and/or public engagement, the richness of diversity in the learning experience through integrated intersectional approaches and perspectives.

The faculty member will be expected to carry a teaching load equivalent to four 3 credit courses a year (2/2), involving both in-person and on-line delivery, and demonstrate leadership in developing techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests. For additional information, please visit https://wilder.vcu.edu/programs/public-administration/.

The Wilder School's vision is to be the premier resource for public policy expertise and social equity in public safety, governance and economic and community development. The 2022 U.S. News and World Report rankings confirm the Wilder School among the top 15% of graduate schools of public affairs at No. 38 and tied for No. 1 in Virginia. The School is also ranked No. 19 in Social Policy, No. 28 in Urban Policy, and No. 34 in Public Management and Leadership. The Wilder School has over 1,500 students and more than 11,000 alumni, with an established environment where diverse perspectives thrive and where a common interest in public service and the betterment of society unites these perspectives together. Our academic excellence attracts the highest quality faculty, staff, and students, and our graduates are leaders in their professions.

Our location in Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, combined with our proximity to Washington, DC, provides numerous opportunities for engaged scholarship, teaching and community engagement activities. A creative, interdisciplinary School with both academic programs and training/research centers in the social sciences and professional arenas, we reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, providing students and faculty with the knowledge, skills, opportunities, and experience necessary for success.

For additional information about the Wilder School, please visit our website at https://wilder.vcu.edu/.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications: 

● Ph.D. in public administration, public policy, or related discipline by the time of appointment (ABDs will be considered subject to demonstration of timely progress towards degree completion and the completion of all requirements for the PhD degree before the start of the appointment).

● Record of effective instruction.

● Record of publication and conference dissemination demonstrating expertise in the faculty area of research.

● Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Application Details

Applications should be submitted to https://vcu.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/2/home/requisition/123?c=vcu, and include a cover-letter, a detailed CV with the names and contact information of three references, one example of scholarship, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with priority review beginning November 8, 2021.

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion - an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.

Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences; and past, present, and future academic and professional activities have or will contribute to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience.

“Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability”.

VCU demonstrates its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through a number of initiatives, including an NSF ADVANCE-IT grant to increase the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty in STEM disciplines, and iCubed, a multi-faceted program designed to recruit URM faculty t collaborate with community partners in transdisciplinary cores to develop promising solutions that enhance the vitality of urban communities. Wilder School faculty are actively engaged in both initiatives.

Contact: Salta Leibert, Search Chair (sliebert@vcu.edu).


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