Assistant Professor of Public Administration & Policy, Max S. Baucus Institute



The University of Montana invites applications for a tenure track, Assistant Professor Public Administration & Policy with the appointment beginning August 2021. The Department of Public Administration and Policy is home to some of the most successful, innovative programs and scholars at the University of Montana and is centrally located within the School of Law’s Baucus Institute (the only accredited MPA Program in the state and School of Law in the nation). The Department attracts a diverse student population, both in-state and out-of-state students, and early and mid-career professionals. The successful candidate is required to teach public administration courses at the graduate level and periodically classes in the undergraduate minor in nonprofit administration. The area of expertise in public administration is open; however, applicants will be required to teach Organization Theory, Human Resource Management, and occasionally Policy Analysis.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time (1.0 FTE), academic year, tenure-track faculty position and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including health and life insurance, mandatory retirement savings plan, partial tuition waiver, and an employee wellness program.
  • 3:2 teaching load, active research agenda, and commitment to public service is expected
  • Salary for this position is $62,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.


Minimum Qualifications
  • MPA/MPP (or related field)
  • Ph.D. in public administration, public policy, or related field (ABD/Doctoral candidates will be considered)
  • Five (5) years professional experience in the public or nonprofit sector
  • Experience teaching online (asynchronous) and in-person
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural awareness
  • Experience teaching in public administration at graduate level and some experience at the undergraduate level


Preferred Qualifications
  • Evidence of an active research agenda (e.g. peered reviewed publications)
  • Clear evidence of a strong commitment to collegiality, a commitment to working within a teamwork environment, and cultural awareness


About UM and the Baucus Institute Department of Public Administration and Policy

The University of Montana’s Department of Public Administration and Policy is housed within the Max S. Baucus Institute and provide a cutting-edge education for individuals interested in excelling in the public service profession. The department offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, which is typically required for many administrative positions in the public and nonprofit sectors; UM's MPA program is created to be flexible for pre-career and mid-career professionals. The department also offers graduate level certificates in public administration, public policy, and nonprofit administration, in addition to a nonprofit undergraduate minor.

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 500+ full-time faculty members. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 70,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “ top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000 ” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “ The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America ” in 2014. Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life . Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.



Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: March 26, 2021

Applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. Application review will begin after date above and continue until the position is filled.

Please submit the following application materials via "New Resume/CV" button below.

*Please note: please combine the following items into one pdf document upon submission

  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required research and teaching skills for the position
  • Detailed CV listing education and describing work experience as related to position description
  • One page statement that demonstrates your commitment and experience to diversity (cultural awareness), applied teaching, and working with a team (collegiality)
  • Three (3) professional references - Names and contact information
  • Application materials should be submitted as one complete pdf file


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Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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