Public Administration Professor & Director of the National Center for Public Performance

Suffolk University is a private, urban university located in the heart of downtown Boston. Our college green is the Boston Common and we are steps from dozens of historic sites including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, City Hall and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus—Boston and Suffolk blend together.

Suffolk has been committed to creating an exceptional learning experience since 1906. Our vision is to be recognized as a dynamic institution that fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship, innovative thinking, and community collaboration across disciplines. We will ensure that Suffolk graduates are versatile and prepared for modern society and the new world market. We will provide rich curricula, experiential learning opportunities and professional mentoring through increased collaboration with alumni and community partners. We will recruit, mentor, and support a diverse faculty of teacher-scholars who are passionately committed to preparing our students to be leaders in the global community. We will inspire investment in a Suffolk community that is built on ethical, forward-thinking leadership, teamwork, and cooperation.

We compete for the best talent. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse community. We are actively seeking applicants from groups that might be under-represented because of race/color, gender, religion, real or perceived disability, national origin or LGBTQ status. As part of our commitment we encourage you to complete the demographic portion of the application in addition to submitting your cover letter and resume/CV as it will assist us in targeting our recruitment efforts.

Please note that Suffolk University conducts background checks as a condition of employment.

We are also committed to the well-being of our employees. Our terrific benefits package for benefits-eligible positions include, but are not limited to:
  • Generous paid time-off programs and commitment to work-life balance
  • Tuition free course benefits in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Sawyer Business School for employees with additional tuition benefits for spouses, domestic partners, and children
  • Top-notch well-being care available through Harvard Pilgrim Medical/Delta Dental and a Flexible Spending Account
  • Pre-tax commuter benefit
  • Employee Assistance Program that provides employees and their family members with initial assessment, referrals and short-term counseling for personal and work challenges
  • Discounted home and auto insurance

  • Description

    Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School is seeking a full-time Associate or Full Professor of Public Administration to teach in our NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration program, beginning academic year 2021-2022. Candidates should be able to teach and perform research in core areas of public administration, in particular performance measurement, management and improvement. The ideal candidate would direct the highly-regarded National Center for Public Performance. With the assistance of a full-time managing director, the faculty director would oversee organization of an annual conference, the Strategic Performance Management certificate, publications and projects that support the work of public and nonprofit organizations nationally and internationally. Strong interest in practitioner collaboration and applied research are preferred.

    The Institute for Public Service consists of 8 participating faculty members, supported by a strong group of part-time faculty who are engaged practitioners of public and nonprofit management. The course load for the faculty position consists of five classes during the academic year, but would have a course release as Director of the NCPP. We offer course content to meet the ever-changing public service community with comprehensive skills in leadership, ethics, organizational change, and financial and strategic management. See our website for more information at .

    Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School has over 100 full-time faculty members and offers full-time and part-time, undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To apply for the position, please submit a curriculum vita and resume online. Please upload teaching evaluations, reference letters and any other relevant information in the Additional Documents section. For questions, please contact Aimee Williamson, Chair of Institute for Public Service and MPA Program Director ( Faculty positions are subject to funding approval.


    • PhD in Public Affairs/Administration or related field.
    • Ongoing research and teaching experience.

    Position Responsibilities

    • Teach graduate and some undergraduate students both in person as well as online.
    • Serve as Faculty Director of the National Center for Public Performance.
    • Actively participate in the life of the department, college, and university through departmental services, faculty committees, faculty meetings, and other faculty activities.

    Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment.

    Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, service and/or experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.