University of Arkansas at Little Rock — Director, School of Public Affairs / R99296

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock invites applications for a twelve-month appointment as associate or full professor (with tenure) to serve as the Director of the School of Public Affairs (R99296), with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. Applicants with the rank of full professor are desirable, although associate professor applicants and academically qualified candidates not currently in a faculty position will also be considered. The selected candidate will lead a diverse and dynamic group of scholars and practitioners in building UA Little Rock’s newly founded School of Public Affairs. The School is part of the College of Social Sciences & Communication (CSSC), a community of teacher-scholars and professionals whose mission is to apply theory and research to drive social change and inspire human expression, reflection, and interconnection (see This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.

Required Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Public Administration, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Affairs, or a related field; Associate Professor rank, or equivalent, at current or last institution; Demonstrated record of excellence in research, teaching, and public or nonprofit community engagement.

Preferred Qualifications: Full professor, or equivalent, rank at current or last institution; Evidence of accomplishments and innovation in administration, scholarship, and community engagement; Professional experience in public or nonprofit management; Experience in attracting external funding and developing and managing collaboration with stakeholders; Experience in teaching graduate-level public administration or methodology courses.

Application materials must be submitted through the online application system. Additional information about these positions are available under the Jobs link on the Human Resources’ website at Consideration of applications will begin on March 4, 2019. Incomplete applications cannot be considered; any materials not submitted as requested using the online application system renders an application incomplete. Inquiries about the position may be made to Dr. April Chatham-Carpenter, chair of the search committee, at or by phone at 501-569-3158.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal and financial history background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

For more information about the programs in the School of Public Affairs, consult the School webpage at