Assistant Professor - Public and International Affairs

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Position Title Assistant Professor - Public and International Affairs External Link to Posting College College of Arts and Sciences Admin - 32000 College Dept/School Public & International Affairs - 32421 Vacancy Number 16F-369 Position Number 1310 Location of Workplace Main UNCW Campus Brief Summary of Work for this Position

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 beginning August 2021.

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

-The successful candidate must be able to teach one of our core classes in financial management and decision making or public human resource management.

-The candidate also must be able to contribute to other core courses or to contribute to one of our concentrations in Public Management, Nonprofit Management, Public Policy, Urban and Regional Policy and Planning, or Coastal Planning and Management. Courses will be delivered both face to face and asynchronously online.

-A doctorate in Public Administration, Public Affairs, Public Policy, or a closely related field is required.

- ABD candidates will be considered, however, the candidate must complete their doctorate prior to starting the position in August 2021.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

-The preferred candidate will teach more than one of the core MPA courses and/or contribute to one of the MPA concentrations.

-Prior professional experience and prior teaching experience are desirable.

-Experience or willingness to teach courses online using distance education technologies is desired.

-The department is particularly interested in candidates who have 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. Additional information about the PIA department and the MPA program can be found at,, and

Required Certifications or Licensure

No Required Certifications or Licensure

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Public and International Affairs supports the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and several minors: International Affairs, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Political Science, Pre-Law, Public Administration, and Security Studies. At the graduate level, faculty support courses in the Master of Public Administration, the Executive Masters of Public Administration, Master of Arts in Conflict Management and Resolution, and Master of Coastal and Ocean Policy.
Additional information about the PIA department and the MPA program can be found at and

College/School Information

The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts & sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.
Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.
In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.
Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment Special Notes to Applicants

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 March 15, 2021, the position 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 – A letter of application addressed to Dr. Mark Imperial, MPA Search Committee Chair, that responds to the required and desired qualifications listed above, including a diversity, equity, and inclusion statement
2. Curriculum Vitae

Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process. Please direct questions concerning the search to Dr. Mark Imperial, Chair, Assistant Professor Search Committee, at, (910) 962-7928.

For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Conswalia Greene at

Position Type Permanent Job Posting Date 02/02/2021 Job Close Date 03/15/2021 Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Do you hold a doctorate in Public Administration, Public Affairs, Public Policy, or a closely related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. How did you learn of this opportunity with UNC Wilmington?
    • UNCW LinkedIn Page
    • UNCW Facebook Page
    • UNCW Twitter Account
    • UNCW Website
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Direct Contact from UNCW HR Representative / Recruiter
    • UNCW Employee Referral
    • Craigslist
    • Other Social Media Tools
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Other
  3. Please describe your prior teaching experience

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. Are you willing to teach courses using online and distance education technologies?
    • Yes
    • No

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