Portland State University — Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Local Government Administration

Public Administration Tenure-track position in Local Government Administration
Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Start Date: September 16, 2022

Position Summary
The Department of Public Administration, which is affiliated with the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University, seeks to fill one tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in Fall 2022. This position calls for candidates whose core expertise lies in the area of local government administration and who are well-equipped and willing to teach, do research, and take an active role in community and professional engagement in local government administration.
Candidates are expected to meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in a relevant discipline (or for doctoral candidates, degree completion by the end of calendar 2022).
  • Established or developing record of published scholarship.
  • Demonstrated competence teaching graduate and/or undergraduate students.

In addition to the above, it is desirable that candidates also possess the following credentials:

  • Expertise in budget and finance and/or intergovernmental relations.
  • Commitment to community engagement and collaboration with attention to the important matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Commitment to engagement with local government professional organizations, elected officials, and professionals in local government units. Indications of experience in local government, consulting, or facilitating local government initiatives are examples of helpful information.

The Department of Public Administration is part of the Hatfield School of Government honors Senator Hatfield’s values and lifelong commitment to public service. The Department seeks candidates who are committed to its unique vision, mission and values. We urge applicants to examine these at https://www.pdx.edu/public-administration/.

The Department offers and contributes to a variety of academic programs which include the following: Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive MPA, MPA-Health Administration, and a Master of Non-Profit Leadership (MNL); a growing undergraduate civic leadership minor and a new undergraduate major in Urban and Public Affairs; and, graduate certificates in Energy Policy and Management, Sustainable Food Systems, Nonprofit and Public Management, and Collaborative Governance. The department also contributes to the Sustainable Food Systems Certificate. In cooperation with the Hatfield School of Government and Department of Political Science the Department also offers a Master of Public Policy degree (MPP) program and Public Affairs and Policy PhD program. The Department is also participating in the campus-wide interdisciplinary Masters of Emergency Management and Community Resilience. Candidates with strong substantive areas of expertise that are relevant to these programs are therefore encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate is expected to teach as faculty in the Department’s public administration core as well as the local government core and specialization courses at the graduate level and advise students for professional development. There are also opportunities for teaching undergraduate offerings that are related to civic leadership and public service. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in research and other programs and initiatives, including those offered through the Center for Public Service which is housed in the Hatfield School of Government and which supports the needs of the Oregon local governments among other organizations.

The College of Urban and Public Affairs has 129 full-time teaching and research faculty, and approximately 2000 students enrolled in the academic programs in the College. In recent years, the Department of Public Administration has enrolled approximately 200 graduate students. The College also includes the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, the Department of Economics and the Department of International and Global Studies. Other research and service units within the College include the Center for Public Service, The Nonprofit Institute, the Institute for Tribal Government, the Institute on Aging, the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, the Center for Urban Studies, the National Policy Consensus Center, the Center for Women’s Leadership, and the Center for Population Research and Census. The Department of Public Administration’s MPA, MPA: Health Administration and Executive MPA are NASPAA accredited.

Portland State University is Oregon’s most affordable public research university, located in the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities. Our mission to “let knowledge serve the city” reflects our dedication to turning ideas into action — in Portland and around the world. The city is our campus, giving students unmatched access to career connections, a vibrant cultural scene and hands-on learning experiences with hundreds of community partners. More than 27,000 students from all backgrounds bring diverse perspectives to our classrooms and campus life, from the tree-lined Park Blocks to the bustling Urban Plaza and state-of-the-art science labs. We are proud of our world-class faculty, groundbreaking research and international reputation for excellence in sustainability, community engagement and innovation.

Applicants should apply online at: https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/37448

For full consideration, candidates are asked to submit the following by: April 11th, 2022

  1. A letter of application including a brief background statement addressing teaching, research and community engagement experience and interests;
  2. A statement of teaching philosophy;
  3. Curriculum vitae; and,
  4. Names and contact information for 3-4 references.

Review of applications will begin Spring 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

The anticipated start date is September 16, 2022.

Inquiries should be directed to Phillip Cooper, the Search Committee Chair, e-mail: pcooper@pdx.edu.

Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Institution and in keeping with the president’s diversity and inclusion initiative welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.

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