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We're hiring! Assistant Professor in Public Management or Urban Policy

  • 1.  We're hiring! Assistant Professor in Public Management or Urban Policy

    Posted 10-08-2020 18:58
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    Assistant Professor in Public Management or Urban Policy (#007144)

    The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Political Science and Public Administration invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level specializing in public management or urban management and policy to teach in the NASPAA-accredited and nationally ranked Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program. The standard teaching load for an assistant professor is two courses each Fall and Spring semester. We seek an exceptional colleague and scholar with a research focus on diversity, equity, and social justice in government, nonprofits, or in urban communities, like Charlotte. We welcome scholars employing a variety of methodological approaches including but not limited to the analysis of experiments, large N data analyses, interpretive and critical research methods, and surveys. This nine-month position begins Fall 2021.

    Qualified candidates must have a PhD in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, or a related field at the time of appointment; an active research agenda and demonstrated excellence in research that will contribute to and enhance the department's and program's national reputation; and a commitment to teaching in a diverse environment.

    The Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program ranks in the top 20% nationwide by US News and World Report and 2nd best MPA Value in the US. The MPA program offers concentrations in: Urban Management and Policy, Nonprofit Management, Arts Administration, Emergency Management, and Public Budgeting and Finance (Ranked #23). The MPA Program operates in an urban environment where it has strong ties to local government and non-profit organizations, alumni, and the local chapters of the American Society for Public Administration, the North Carolina City and County Management Association, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. The program offers courses both on the main campus and at UNCC's Center City Building in downtown Charlotte. Additional information may be found at:

    The Department of Political Science and Public Administration has award-winning faculty, houses the Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program, operates an experimental lab offering research opportunities to faculty and graduate students (POLS-Lab), and is a core department in the interdisciplinary Public Policy PhD Program.

    As the largest and most diverse college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 21 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences and mathematics, and military sciences, as well as 28 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. With its 35 graduate degrees and 78 undergraduate degree options, the College is connected to the world and its concerns, and is particularly supportive of the greater Charlotte region.

    The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research-intensive urban university, located on an expanding modern campus. The second largest of the 16 UNC System campuses, UNC Charlotte offers more than 30,000 culturally and ethnically diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus and an APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University. It supports faculty with excellent family and medical leave policies, junior faculty development awards, internal faculty research grant opportunities, and other research opportunities. Charlotte offers a dynamic space to live, work and connect for faculty, students, alumni, and staff, with its outstanding cultural, recreational, and business amenities. As the 15th largest U.S. city, Charlotte is consistently ranked one of the best cities to live (#20 by U.S. News & World Report).

    Applicants must apply electronically at (position number #007144) and attach the following:

    • Cover letter describing your research accomplishments and agenda, teaching experience and philosophy, and a commitment to diversity (e.g., how have multicultural issues influenced and/or been a part of your teaching, research, and outreach/service)
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available)
    • One writing sample (single or lead author preferred)
    • Contact information for three professional references

    Review of applications begins November 2, 2020 and continues until the position is filled.

    Please contact Dr. Jaclyn Piatak, chair of the search committee, at with any questions about the position.

    As an affirmative action, equal opportunity and an ADVANCE Institution, UNC Charlotte is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.  

    The Department of Political Science and Public Administration seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.


    The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree and submit to a criminal background check.

    Jaclyn Piatak
    Associate Professor
    UNC Charlotte
    Charlotte NC