University of North Carolina Wilmington — Assistant Professor, Public Administration


The Department of Public and International Affairs (PIA) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites applications for a position as a nine-month tenure-track assistant professor to play a role in our Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program and our new online Executive MPA program, starting August 2023. The position requires an active research program and carries a 3-3 teaching load. The candidate will teach primarily in the Master of Public Administration program but may occasionally contribute to PIA’s other graduate and undergraduate programs.


Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Qualified to teach one core class in the MPA Program and contribute to the concentrations in Public Management or Nonprofit Management
  • Ability to deliver course material both face-to-face and asynchronously online
  • Possess doctorate in Public Administration, Public Affairs, Public Policy, or a closely related field is required
  • ABD candidates will be considered; however, if PhD is not awarded prior to start date, initial appointment will be at the rank of Lecturer and Ph.D. must be obtained within the first year of employment

Preference will be given to candidates:

  • Qualified to teach more than one of the core MPA courses and/or contribute to one of the MPA concentrations in Public Management or Nonprofit Management.
  • Experience with publishing and presenting research.
  • Prior professional experience in the public, private or nonprofit sector.
  • Prior teaching experience with both face-to-face and asynchronous online courses
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for all students, along with an interest in promoting diversity in their research, teaching, and service.

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 November 6, 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/Letter of Application that responds to the required and desired qualifications listed above, addressed to Dr. Mark Imperial, MPA Search Committee Chair.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement
  4. Teaching Statement
  5. List of 3 Professional References
  6. 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 references are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process.