Director, School of Public Policy
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the flagship campus of the UMass system, is home to over 22,000 undergraduate and 6,300 graduate students from all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. It boasts a world-class faculty committed to performance and growth in scholarship, opportunity, diversity and inclusion. It is a research-intensive, land-grant institution with growing research expenditures currently totaling more than $195 million annually.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for the position of inaugural Director of the new School of Public Policy (SPP) at the University’s flagship campus. We seek an outstanding and active scholar committed to the study of public problems and their resolution. The appointment will be made at the rank of Full Professor or advanced Associate Professor. Building on the success of the University’s Center for Public Policy and Administration, the founding director will help to lead a faculty hiring strategy, elevate the visibility of SPP as a national and international hub for policy debates, and create multi-disciplinary programs that prepare students for lifelong engagement with public issues. The Director will work with faculty and other campus leaders to raise the profile of policy-relevant research on and beyond campus, build partnerships with other campus units that create joint opportunities for policy-related research and teaching, support faculty to increase public engagement with their research, and engage in fundraising working with development staff. The Director, who will report to the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), will work with faculty to lead efforts to establish new opportunities for undergraduates in public policy and administration and expand existing graduate programs, working in collaboration with departments in the social sciences, natural sciences, public health, engineering, information and computer science and a variety of other fields. The SPP community is interested in problems connected to inequality and has a passion for social change and engaging policy problems at all levels, locally through internationally. The new Director will work collaboratively to develop innovative programs on our main campus in Amherst, with possible new operations in Massachusetts (Boston and Springfield) and Washington, DC where students will gain valuable experience in international, national, state, regional and local governance.
Candidates for Director must have a doctoral degree or equivalent and an exceptional record of research, teaching, and service sufficient to merit appointment as a tenured (full or associate) professor in one of the academic departments of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to research and to undergraduate and graduate education; a vision for how a new policy school will support the campus’s strategic planning goals; a commitment to increase the diversity of the faculty, student body and curriculum; an ability to serve as a vigorous champion for public policy research and teaching; and an ability to work effectively across boundaries with faculty members, students, staff, administrators, and external constituencies.
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 degree and career.
The appointment will be effective on or about September 1, 2017. Interested candidates should apply through Interview Exchange.
Candidates should include a curriculum vitae and a cover letter with a statement about the candidate’s views on the role of public policy in a public research university, along with a concise description of the candidate’s research and related accomplishments.
All applications will be treated as strictly confidential & letters of reference will only be requested for candidates who are finalists.
For full consideration, ensure that your application is received by October 3, 2016, but review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.