Metropolitan State University — Assistant / Associate Professor of Public and Nonpublic Leadership


Metropolitan State University, Minnesota’s public urban university and recipient of the 2019 Insight Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award is seeking to hire an assistant or associate professor.  This is a full-time probationary (tenure track) position within the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Department of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs.

Our vision is to be the premier urban, public, comprehensive system university in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area where the faculty, staff and students of Metropolitan State will reflect the area’s rich diversity, build a culturally competent and anti-racist learning community and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to civic engagement.

Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State, is a public, urban university located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan area. The University provides an excellent, inclusive and engaging education to eliminate opportunity gaps and lead our communities to a prosperous and equitable future.  Recognized as a Minority Serving Institution, its employees serve approximately 11,000 post-traditional learners, two-thirds of whom are from communities of color or American Indian nations, are first in their family to attend college and/or are eligible for Pell grants.  Metropolitan State is recognized by CollegeNet as a leading higher education promoter of social mobility for students (Ranked #21 out of 1380).  The university offers programs leading to baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees.  We provide accessible, high quality liberal arts, professional and graduate education with continued emphasis on marginalized groups, including adult learners. Recognized in 2008 and 2014 by the Carnegie Foundation for Community Engagement and named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the university is committed to academic excellence and community engagement through curriculum, teaching, scholarship and services designed to support an urban mission.

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The School/Academic Department: Metropolitan State University’s Department of Public and Nonprofit Leadership offers four applied Master’s programs focused on advocacy, public administration, nonprofit management, and political leadership. The Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) program aims to educate our graduate students to become ethical, reasoning, civically engaged, and effective advocates and leaders in the public, non-profit, and labor sectors. MAPL is a growing weekend Masters program for working adults. MAPL courses are taught by a diverse faculty who are leaders and advocates in their fields. Faculty members must be willing to work Friday evenings and Saturdays. (For more information:

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Faculty members are expected to 

  • Teach courses in public leadership and policy, political advocacy, and/or labor leadership and organizing and related fields;
  • Engage in scholarly or community engaged research or other creative achievement; 
  • Provide evidence of continuing preparation and study;
  • Contribute to student growth and development through recruitment, advising, internship coordination, and assistance to student growth;
  • Participate in program development;
  • Engage in service to the university and larger community.

Outstanding candidates will demonstrate a commitment to serving a culturally diverse student body through delivering a student-centered education in a liberal arts and sciences context and will possess the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals.

Outstanding candidates will also bring leadership experience in labor organizing or public administration, non-profit management, or public or non-profit advocacy efforts.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Earned doctorate or terminal degree in political science, sociology, law, public administration, labor studies, or related fields with a demonstrated emphasis on public policy, social movements, political organization, political ethics, or related areas. (Degree in hand the first day of fall semester for faculty, August 17, 2020)
  • Evidence of effective teaching at the post-secondary level.
  • Three (3) years of professional experience in organizing and lobbying in the labor, public and/or nonprofit sector, managing political campaigns, fundraising and resource development, public policy making, or related fields.
  • Evidence of scholarly activity and a future research agenda.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with a variety of persons and groups. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an institution with a racially, culturally, economically, and linguistically diverse student body and workforce. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching adult students with diverse work, academic, and cultural backgrounds.
  • At least two (2) scholarly or professional publications in political leadership, public or non-profit advocacy and lobbying, policy development or implementation, management of political campaigns, labor organizing or leadership, or related areas. 
  • Demonstrated ability to teach in online environments.
  • Experience in academic program development.
  • Experience in advising/mentoring students and/or professionals.

Please note: Filling of this position is contingent upon budget.

Salary:  Salary is commensurate with education and experience, and is determined by the salary placement process as outlined in the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO) Master Agreement.

* Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:

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Application:  To apply, go to

Applications must be received by 11:59 PM on Closing Date:  Friday January 17, 2020.

Qualified applicants are required to attach the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position;
  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • One-page statement of teaching philosophy; 
  • Examples or evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  • Names of four (4) references with surface mail addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers, at least two of which must be able to address teaching effectiveness;
  • Transcripts – Valid unofficial copies of your transcript showing conferral or award date of your highest attained degree, with your name and the academic institution’s name and logo.  
    • If doctoral study is in progress at the time of application, submit the most recent transcript showing your course of study and progress to date.  We are not able to accept Word documents with a list of courses/grades or DARS reports. 
    • If selected for hire, official original transcripts will be required.
  • Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

*To comply with privacy and data practices requirements, please refrain from including personal information or photographs in your application materials.

If you have other questions related to this job announcement, please contact Human Resources, at 651.793.1275 or email at

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Metropolitan State University is an Equal Opportunity employer/educator committed to the principles of diversity. We prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or membership in a local commission as defined by law. As an affirmative action employer, we actively seek and encourage applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status.

The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.