DPP Begins Search for Visiting Assistant Professor

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The Department of Public Policy (DPP) at the University of Connecticut seeks to fill a one-year visiting position at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor. DPP is home to the NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration program (MPA), the Master of Public Policy (MPP), the online Graduate Program in Survey Research (GPSR), the minor in Public Policy, and four graduate certificate programs in Nonprofit Management, Public Financial Management, Leadership and Public Management, and Survey Research. The Department offers additional focus areas in Social Policy, Urban Planning, State and Local Government Management, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The Department of Public Policy is located on the University of Connecticut’s Hartford Campus in Hartford, Connecticut. The University of Connecticut is a premier research institution – designated as a Research University/Very High research activity by the Carnegie Foundation. The Department of Public Policy has 16 core faculty members and over 1,200 alumni. The Department’s programs are ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as 38th among public programs and 9th among public finance and budgeting programs.

This position will be filled at the Visiting Assistant Professor level. This is primarily a teaching position. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the area of public policy, public management, and/or other areas of specializations within the Department. Preference will be given to candidates who have research and/or teaching interests in quantitative methods, social data analytics, public policy, public management, organization theory and behavior, human resource management, project management, and/or labor relations.

The successful candidates’ primary teaching assignments will be to offer core and elective classes in the MPA program, the MPP program and the undergraduate minor. The specific teaching assignment will be determined based on the abilities and interests of the candidate and the needs of the Department and might include graduate or undergraduate classes at the Hartford Campus or the main campus in Storrs. Duties include teaching and service to the Department and University.

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

An earned Ph.D. in public administration, public policy, economics, political science, sociology, or related field. Successful applicants will have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. prior to start for the Visiting Assistant Professor position. Applicants with advanced ABD’s may be considered.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrated teaching excellence and superior communication skills. Candidates who contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience are preferred.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

One-year term appointment with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2021. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Hartford Campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at UConn’s main campus in Storrs, or online, as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

TO APPLY

Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18188) and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Recent teaching evaluations (if applicable);
  • Names and contact information for three letters of reference.

Any questions about the position may be sent to: Mohamad Alkadry, Department Head, Department of Public Policy at mohamad.alkadry@uconn.edu. Review of applicants will begin on March 22, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.


The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.