University of North Carolina Wilmington — Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector – Public and International Affairs

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of Public and International Affairs (PIA) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites applications for a nine-month tenured faculty position at the rank of full professor as the Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector. Tenure will be awarded with the appointment as Professor and the “Distinguished Professor” designation is renewable every five years with successful review from the external Advisory Board Committee.

The successful candidate is expected to maintain excellence in research with a vigorous, externally funded program, teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels and have an established record of teaching, scholarship, research, and service.

It is expected that the individual will interact with leaders of the nonprofit, private and public sectors to increase collaboration and partnerships in the community and enhance teaching and mentoring opportunities for applied research and regional service.

The position carries a 1-1 teaching load. The candidate will primarily teach within the Department’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) ( and online Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) ( programs but may occasionally contribute to PIA’s other graduate and undergraduate programs.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Doctoral Degree
  • Possess scholarly credentials sufficient for appointment at the academic rank of Professor with tenure.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in engaging the nonprofit sector.
  • Demonstrated research and teaching experience in the areas of nonprofit management and/or philanthropic studies.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Preference will be given to candidates who have a distinguished record of scholarly accomplishments and bring transformational leadership and innovative programs to nonprofit organizations in southeastern North Carolina, developing, proposing, and leading efforts to improve the effectiveness of the nonprofit sector and increase philanthropy.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Department of Public and International Affairs supports the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and several minors: International Affairs, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Political Science, Pre-Law, Public Administration, and Security Studies. At the graduate level, faculty support courses in the Master of Public Administration, the Executive Masters of Public Administration, Master of Arts in Conflict Management and Resolution, and Master of Coastal and Ocean Policy.

Additional information about the PIA department and the MPA program can be found at and

College/School Information
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit and awards approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts and sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.

In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

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Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59PM EST on February 28, 2022, the posting closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of 3 Professional References
  4. If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.

Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process.

For questions about the position, contact the Search Chair, Dr. Mark Imperial at  For questions about the online application process, contact Conswalia Green at

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.