University of Colorado Colorado Springs — Associate Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Master of Public Administration Program

The School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) invites applications for an associate professor/program director position in the NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. The scholar in this position will teach graduate level courses in Public Administration, which are sometimes cross-listed with graduate courses in the Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program. Teaching assignments will include traditional, hybrid and online formats. The typical time allocation for tenured and tenure-track faculty in the School of Public Affairs is 40% teaching, 40% research, and 20% service. The person in this position will also serve as Director of the MPA program for an additional administrative stipend.

The starting date is August 2017.

The Public Administration faculty offers a NASPAA-accredited MPA degree and 6 popular graduate professional certificates as concentration areas / vocational specializations. We work with other SPA programs (including criminal justice/criminology and the Center for Human Security), other entities within UCCS, and with an extensive network of community stakeholders (public, private and non-profit organizations). We transform lives, working as a community and not as a hierarchy. Degrees offered by the School of Public Affairs include the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, the Master of Criminal Justice, the Master of Public Administration, and a dual Masters in Criminal Justice and Public Administration.

UCCS is a vibrant and growing military-friendly campus named by U.S. News and World Report as a top Western public university and recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities as a leader in community engagement efforts. Further information about the School of Public Affairs is available at

Colorado Springs has a low per capita tax rate and a moderate cost of living. CNN designated this city as #1 in its “Best Places to Live” in the “Best Big Cities” category. It boasts over 300 days of sunshine each year, and the front range of the Rocky Mountains provides many opportunities for an active lifestyle.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Information on the Faculty Housing Assistance Program available to eligible faculty is located at

The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

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The position requires a Ph.D. in Public Administration, Public Policy or a related social science discipline from an accredited institution. Qualified applicants must have:

  • Obtained tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor at another accredited institution, or meet SPA RPT standards for tenure and promotion to associate professor at UCCS.
  • Previous teaching experience in Public Administration (PA), Public Policy (PP) or a related social sciences discipline.
  • Previous research and scholarship in Public Administration (PA), Public Policy (PP) or a related social science discipline.
  • Previous service (to the unit, university, profession or public) in PA, PP or a related social science discipline

Areas of specialization are open, but preference will be given to applicants in (1) public finance, budgeting and economics, (2) non-profit management, organizational behavior & management, (3) homeland security / emergency management, or (4) homeland security / cybersecurity. Preferred applicants should show evidence of (1) excellence in teaching (e.g., awards and faculty course evaluations), (2) excellence in research (i.e., awards, publishing in high impact factor journals, high productivity etc.), and (3) grant-seeking experience or success.

Position is open until filled. Applications submitted by October 31, 2016 will receive full consideration.

Please apply and upload the following documents to

  • Cover letter addressing qualifications as cited above
  • Curriculum vita
  • Statement of teaching and research philosophy
  • Evidence of scholarship (up to three journal articles, writing samples or manuscripts)
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (summary of teaching evaluations from last two years submitted as one PDF document)

Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered.

Upon request, please be prepared to provide five references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including their email contact information.

Official transcripts will be required upon hire.

Any questions may be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Donald Klingner, at