Cleveland State University — Assistant Professor of Public Administration or Nonprofit Management

Position Description: Cleveland State University seeks to attract an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber. The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs invites applications for the position of assistant professor (tenure track) with a focus on public administration and/or nonprofit management (research area open). We seek someone with the potential or ability to contribute to our national rankings in public administration and/or nonprofit management and to support the university’s mission of engaged learning. The start date is August 22, 2022.  

The Levin College is nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report in urban policy (#2), local government management (#16), nonprofit management (#23), and public management and leadership (#40). We prepare our graduates to lead in diverse and dynamic urban environments. Located in downtown Cleveland, the Levin College is home to several graduate and undergraduate programs and the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, which provides professional development to the region’s public sector and nonprofit leaders.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. from an accredited university in public administration, public policy, urban studies, political science, or a related discipline is required. ABD candidates will be considered with the stipulation that they will have the Ph.D. awarded by July 1, 2022. Candidates should demonstrate the potential for a substantial publication record, the ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in public administration and/or nonprofit management, and a commitment to student achievement and fostering a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications: Interest in engaged research and applied policy using greater Cleveland as a laboratory is preferred. Demonstrated successful college-level teaching experience that aligns with the teaching needs of the Levin College is also preferred along with the ability to contribute to more than one degree program (e.g., public administration, nonprofit management, urban studies, organizational leadership, economic development, environmental studies, and/or public safety management).

Applicant Requirements: Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, writing sample, and the names of at least three professional references. We will ask references to provide letters of recommendation for candidates who are selected as finalists for this position.

Cleveland State University is an urban campus serving a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student body. Diversity is very important to CSU and the mission of the Levin College. As part of their cover letters, candidates are asked to explain their experience and/or commitment to serving diverse students and how they will make a positive contribution to CSU’s diverse community. Candidates who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will contribute to CSU’s commitment to diversity and mission as an urban serving university. 

Applications will be accepted exclusively online at  Mailed or emailed materials will not be accepted. The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs webpage can be found at Questions can be directed to Dr. Clayton Wukich, Search Committee Chair, at Preference will be given to applications that are completed by January 24, 2022. 

Please note: Successful candidates will be required to submit an official transcript before their contract can be prepared.

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disablility status, or genetic information.

Hiring is contingent upon the maintenance of existing levels of funding from the State of Ohio. Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University’s verification of credentials (including evidence of a Ph.D. by July 1, 2022) and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to a criminal background check.