Director, School of Public Policy

  • Oregon State University, College of Liberal Arts
  • Corvallis, OR, USA
  • Aug 15, 2019
Full time   Anthropology & Sociology Law & Criminal Justice Political Science & International Relations Public Administration & Policy

Job Description

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at Oregon State University (OSU) seeks an inspiring, collaborative, and experienced leader to serve as the Director of the School of Public Policy (SPP). The Director leads over 40 engaged faculty who are innovative teachers, outstanding scholars, and willing mentors and peers. The Director supervises the School’s academic programs and serves as chief administrative officer and advocate for the school as a whole.

It is an exciting time to join OSU. The university continues to climb in excellence by keeping a clear focus on advancing and disseminating knowledge, valuing student success, and serving the people and state of Oregon and beyond. With campuses in Corvallis, Bend, and Newport, research forests, and an expanding presence in Portland, OSU is one of only two universities in the country to hold the Land, Sea, Space, and Sun Grant designations. OSU is a premier research university and the state’s only institution to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. Located on the main campus in Corvallis, SPP is one hour from the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Mountains and an hour and a half from Portland. Corvallis has been ranked 4th in a survey of the best college cities and towns by WalletHub for livability.

 SPP offers resident and online undergraduate programs in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy and Sociology. Graduate programs include the resident and online Master of Public Policy (MPP), a new online Executive MPP, and the PhD in Public Policy with concentrations in crime and law, energy, environmental, international, rural, and social policy. The MPP is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy (NASPAA) and is also included in the U.S. News and World Report’s top public affairs programs. The PhD in Public Policy program continually attracts diverse and meritorious students in addition to Fulbright Scholars from around the world. The PhD program has a 100 percent placement rate in academia and government.

OSU offers more than 50 degree programs through its growing Ecampus, which is ranked third in the nation for best online Bachelor's programs in the 2019 edition of U.S. News and World Report. SPP’s online MPP is ranked in the top 10 by Best Colleges, and its political science program is the sixth ranked online Bachelor’s program in Political Science in 2019 according to Best Colleges.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

The College of Liberal Arts seeks in the SPP Director a leader with innovative vision, energy, integrity, and the personal qualities and professional profile to inspire and lead. Successful candidates will have the following experience and abilities:


  • Doctoral degree in one of the disciplines represented within the School, or in a closely related field
  • Distinguished record of professional accomplishment that merits a tenured appointment at the rank of associate or full professor in the School of Public Policy
  • Successful higher education leadership experience facilitating a shared vision and strategic goal-setting and program evaluation and assessment
  • Demonstrated ability in collaborative decision making in an interdisciplinary setting
  • Experience successfully managing administrative matters, including personnel issues, policies, and other resource needs
  • Demonstrated experience with finances and understanding the relationship between academic priorities and budget
  • A record of actively advancing:
    • Diversity of people and perspectives
    • Structural/institutional access and equity
    • Just and inclusive community and practices
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and advising at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Proficiency in written English and excellent public speaking ability


  • Successful track record of fundraising and alumni relations
  • Successful track record of grant funding
  • Experience with online education
  • Successful experience with undergraduate and graduate recruitment

Application Details

Nominations and expressions of interest are welcome. Contact Dr. John Edwards Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, and Search Committee Chair,

Applications will include:

  1. A letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position
  2. A current, comprehensive curriculum vitae
  3. A statement of your leadership approach
  4. A statement of how you meet the requirement of actively advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion as embodied in required position qualification above
  5. A statement of your research interests and teaching philosophy
  6. The names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three to five professional references, which could include supervisors, peers, direct reports, or mentees

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve its vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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