Villanova University — Continuing Non-Tenure Faculty and Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program

Continuing Non-Tenure Faculty and Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program

Position Summary:	
The Department of Public Administration at Villanova University invites applicants for the Director of Villanova's NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. The MPA director would be responsible for the management of this national program as well as teaching courses in the program. The rank is Assistant or Associate Teaching Professor or Instructor, depending on qualifications and experience. The intended start date for this position would be in Summer of 2022.

This position intends to build upon and further the MPA program's longstanding commitment to preparing students for “ethical, intelligent, inclusive, and creative leadership in public service,” as its mission statement attests. The Department is comprised of eleven full-time faculty who are committed to the teacher-scholar model, intellectual curiosity, and service to the larger community, as set forth by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and the University. The diverse faculty in the program also share a deep interest in the link between theory and practice as evidenced in their teaching, research, and service. There are approximately 180 students in both the online and campus modalities of the MPA program with diverse backgrounds but all sharing a passion for public service.

Applicants should apply online at The application should include:
cover letter indicating leadership, management, and teaching experience
graduate and undergraduate transcripts
statement of teaching philosophy
contact information for three references who will receive a secure email link to upload confidential letters of recommendation when the application is submitted
curriculum vitae
syllabus (if you have taught a course)
summary of teaching evaluations
statement of contribution to the University mission
statement of contribution to the University's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion commitments.

Documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be sent to Dr. Theodore Arapis, Search Committee Chair, Department of Public Administration, Villanova University, St. Augustine Center, Room 205, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova PA 19085-1699. All material must be received by April 1, 2022. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. Theodore Arapis at

The mission of the Department of Public Administration at Villanova University is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for meaningful work in public service by providing them with the theoretical foundations and tools they need to become skilled, thoughtful, inclusive, and ethical leaders in service to the common good. The Villanova MPA Program is a NASPAA-accredited program. For more information about the Department of Public Administration at Villanova, visit The Department's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement can be found at:

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University's mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University's mission and values.

Duties and Responsibilities:	
The main expectations of this position include: co-developing a national vision for the marketing and communications of the program along with other campus and external units; recruiting prospective students and strategizing on best practices to recruit a diverse graduate student pipeline; managing the admissions process; overseeing the student advisement process; compiling data on outcomes; and overseeing the position of Associate Director. A central objective of our MPA program is to strive for greater national recognition for its rigorous and innovative curricula, teaching and research excellence, and service to the community. In addition to managing the MPA program, the director would teach on-campus and/or online graduate courses. The assigned course load for this position is a 2/2.

Minimum Qualifications:	
Master's degree in Public Administration or equivalent.
Applicants should have at least 5 years of leadership and management experience in local, state, or federal government, higher education, or nonprofit management as well as strong management and communication skills, commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, experience with community outreach and online course delivery, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.
The Department welcomes applications from all specializations in public administration and related fields and is committed – along with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – to furthering diversity in both the Department and College.
The Department prioritizes the recruitment of candidates who can contribute to both the University's and Department's mission and values.

Preferred Qualifications:	
A Ph.D. is desirable.

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