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Professor of Practice in Public Administration

Tulane University
Louisiana, United States
$65,000.00 - $70,000.00
Closing date
Aug 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Public Administration & Policy
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Tulane School of Professional Advancement (SoPA) offers working adults opportunities to develop and enhance their lives through flexible on-campus and online undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs. SoPA has created an innovative new graduate-level program in Public Administration that unites experts from academia and the field. The program is one of the first of its kind to be established in the last three decades and puts local and national contemporary civic sector needs at the forefront. This program also capitalizes on the experience of New Orleans and the Gulf South region in addressing economic, educational, social, and environment-related challenges and opportunities. The program’s target audience includes early and mid-career working professionals currently working in government, nonprofits, or the private sector; career changers seeking to transition to positions related to the civic sector; and recent college graduates.

The Public Administration Professor of Practice is responsible for teaching and developing courses in the graduate and certificate programs in fields related to Public Administration. The position is a full time, non-tenure track faculty position; the typical teaching load for this position is eight courses per year. Responsibilities include mentoring and providing academic advisement to current and prospective students in the program. As part of this work, the Public Administration Professor of Practice will collaborate with the school administration and program director to promote the program, cultivate stakeholders from both the public and private sectors, and train, mentor and evaluate adjunct faculty.



  • Masters degree (PhD Preferred) in Public Administration or a related field
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and course development at the post-secondary level, ideally both online and “on-ground”
  • Deep expertise in one or more areas of focus for public administration academic programs, including environmental management, economic development, public sector data analytics, public affairs or legal affairs.
  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in government, nonprofit, or other Public Administration-related capacities
  • Demonstrated record of civic sector related thought leadership
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and community engagement



  • Ability to develop and deliver innovative and rigorous graduate level courses related to public administration
  • Ability to provide quality mentoring and academic advisement to diverse students.
  • Ability to support development and implementation of online courses and programs.
  • Ability to mentor adjunct faculty.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with local, statewide, regional and national stakeholders, leading to student and adjunct faculty recruitment, internship and job opportunities for students and graduates, feedback on programs and curriculum, and prospective grants and donations.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Ability to work well with individuals of various ages and background.



  • Experience with learning management systems, Canvas preferred.
Application Instructions

Candidates must apply in Interfolio at and provide an updated CV and cover letter.  Additional materials for submission may include sample syllabi of courses taught, teaching evaluations from courses taught, and letters of recommendation. Additional documents may be requested at a later date. Expected start date for this position is the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester but is negotiable.

For more information about the position, please contact the Public Administration Professor of Practice and Program Director, Dr. Halima Leak Francis, at

Ultimate recruitment for this position is subject to final budgetary approval by the University.

Tulane University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane University will not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other status or classification protected by federal, state, or local law. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

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