The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Assistant Professor, Local Government Contract Law

School of Government

Background: Established as the Institute of Government in 1931, the School of Government UNC-Chapel Hill has 46 faculty members and its mission is to improve the lives of North Carolinians through engaged scholarship that helps public officials understand and improve state and local government. For more information about the School’s mission and history, visit (

Faculty position: The UNC School of government seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor of public law and government to specialize in local government contract law. The faculty member will focus on the following core substantive areas: 

  • Legal issues related to contracting, including purchasing and construction contract bidding and other legal requirements for public contracting generally, 
  • Conflicts of interest laws and ethics issues that arise in the contracting context, 
  • Procedures for disposing of surplus property,
  • Public-private partnerships, and 
  • Contracting with private entities to perform public functions. 

The law involved in this work is predominantly state law as it applies to local government and does not include work for state agencies, which are governed by different laws. This work will not include contracting and procedures related to disaster recovery or emergency management, but does include federal regulations that apply to local government contracts that involve federal funds.  

The faculty member will write for, advise, plan courses for, and teach a wide range of North Carolina local officials, including purchasing officers, city and county attorneys, city and county managers, legislators, legislative staff, citizens, the media, and others interested in these legal topics. Work is centered in Chapel Hill, but requires occasional travel and consultation around the state. Faculty appointments are year-round (rather than for the 9-month academic year). 

The School of Government recognizes the importance of an educational and work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued. To that end, we are strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. For more information about the School’s commitment to diversity, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page:

Qualifications: J.D., excellent writing skills, strong academic background, and a commitment to public service required. A record of, or demonstrated potential for, teaching, advising, and scholarship required. Work experience in specified legal specialties is desirable, but not required.  

Application deadline: Position will remain open until filled. Anticipated starting date of December 1, 2019. To apply, submit a resume, writing sample, references and a cover letter describing your interest in the position. Applications must be submitted online at: 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.