University of Colorado Denver — Tenured / Tenure-Track Positions, School of Public Affairs

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) seeks to fill the following 2 tenured/tenure-track positions to start in August 2019.  

  1. Assistant/Associate Professor in Public Administration:

This position will be at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. We are looking for a candidate with expertise in public administration/management, and we are open to various sub-field areas of expertise.  Interest in social equity, civil society, social vulnerabilities, nonprofit management, collaborative governance, emergency management, and/or performance management would be particularly valuable. 

At the Assistant Professor level, we seek candidates who have completed PhDs, with evidence of excellence in teaching, publishing, and demonstrated efforts at attaining external grant funding.  For consideration at the Associate Professor level, candidates are expected to be an emerging leader in their field, with an excellent record in research, demonstrated through both externally funded awards and publications, as well as excellence in teaching, mentoring, and funding graduate and/or undergraduate students.  

We encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds and/or candidates whose research itself focuses on issues related to diversity and/or social equity.  We are also open to candidates with a range of different methodological approaches and backgrounds.

The normal class teaching load is 2:2 and can involve teaching opportunities in our PhD in Public Affairs, MPA, and BA in Public Service programs.  Applicants should be willing to teach in both face-to-face and online formats.  The salary is competitive.  

Application materials will ONLY be accepted online via the CU Careers job portal.

To apply and view the full job posting, please visit CU Careers (Job ID#14311) and submit your curriculum vitae, letter of application summarizing qualifications, and contact information for three professional references.  Finalists for the position should be prepared to provide letters of recommendation and evidence of research and teaching proficiency upon request. 

Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled with full consideration given to those who apply by October 1, 2018.

Contact information: contact search committee co-chairs Professor Mary Guy (mary.guy@ucdenver.edu) and/or Associate Professor Todd Ely (todd.ely@ucdenver.edu) if you need more information about the academic elements of the positions; and contact Chris Smith (chris.smith@ucdenver.edu) if you need information about application processes and logistics.

  1. Assistant Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice

This position is a tenure-track Assistant Professor line.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach in both the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ) and Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) programs and to maintain an active research and publication record.  Areas of specialization are open, but preference will be given to candidates with expertise in Courts and Sentencing, Corrections, Juvenile Justice/Delinquency, and/or Racial/Ethnic Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System.  We are open to a range of methodological approaches and backgrounds.  

The normal teaching load is 2:2 and includes both face-to-face and online formats.  Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, Criminology, or related field by August, 2019. A J.D. does not substitute for a Ph.D.

The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.  We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, veterans, and members of the LGBTQ community.  

Application materials will ONLY be accepted online via the CU Careers job portal.

To apply and view the full job posting, please visit CU Careers (Job ID#14312) and submit your curriculum vitae, letter of application summarizing qualifications, and contact information for three professional references.  Finalists for the position should be prepared to provide letters of recommendation and evidence of research and teaching proficiency upon request. 

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, with full consideration guaranteed to individuals who apply by September 14, 2018.

Please direct questions about the application process and technical issues to Chris Smith (chris.smith@ucdenver.edu).  For information or questions regarding the academic elements of the position, please contact search committee co-chairs Mary Dodge (Mary.Dodge@ucdenver.edu) or Lorine Hughes (Lorine.Hughes@ucdenver.edu).

About Us
SPA has 28 full-time faculty and is currently ranked #29 in the country by US News and World Report in public management and leadership, and we are ranked in the top 75 programs in the world for public administration by Shanghai Academic rankings.  SPA is a NASPAA-accredited MPA program ranked nationally at #34 overall by US News and World Report.  In addition to the degree programs mentioned above, we also offer Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice.  The online MCJ program is ranked #19 by US News and World Report.  All programs except the PhD are available fully online, as well as in-person. 

Our downtown Denver location provides unprecedented access to a diverse urban environment where policy becomes practice. SPA is a diverse learning community and one of the most culturally inclusive schools on campus, allowing our students to interact with people who reflect their own identity and with others who broaden their horizons. More than one-third of SPA students are students of color. CU Denver students come from all 50 states and 67 countries.  

Denver is one of the fastest growing and most economically vibrant cities in America.  Denver’s Mayor, along with many other community leaders, are alums of our School.  Our city and state are microcosms for research and teaching in public management, environmental policy, local government, nonprofits, emergency management, public health, and public finance. 

Our faculty have grown their external funding by 200% over the past 5 years.  Faculty currently have grants from NSF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, St. Louis Community Foundation, the Colorado Trust, the Community First Foundation, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and others.  SPA faculty routinely attend and present at conferences around the world and are often invited to speak to both academic and practitioner communities on their areas of expertise.  SPA faculty are nationally recognized leaders, currently or recently holding positions like NAPA members, PAR editor, PSJ editor, NASPAA Executive Council, ARNOVA board, NVSQ editorial board, and many others.

Denver’s Mayor and former Police Chief, along with many other community leaders, are alums of our School.  Our 9 full-time criminal justice faculty are nationally-recognized scholars and teachers in the areas of domestic violence, corrections, criminological theory, gangs, gender and crime, policing, statistics and research methods, and victimology.  

Many faculty are involved with SPA’s Institute for Governance, the applied arm of the school, either through research, training, evaluation, or service.  The Institute focuses on translational research, including but not limited to applied research in Colorado, through the work of Centers focused on local government, network sciences and collaborative governance, education policy, criminal justice, and policy process research. The Institute also runs a Certified Public Management (CPM) program and several other leadership development programs. We seek candidates who demonstrate interest in contributing to this mission in some manner.

Generally, SPA is seeking candidates who want to contribute to the dynamic efforts among faculty to support and expand our research and impact, as we continue to be recognized as a top public affairs school.  Faculty are committed to working collaboratively and in support of making an impact on the field of public affairs and more broadly, the public sector.  We are also committed to graduating high quality students who have the best experiences in the classroom, working alongside faculty in research, and making an impact as graduates who employers seek to hire.  We expect that this candidate will quickly become part of an energetic effort to produce the best research and teaching in the field.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity.  We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans.  The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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