Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics
Center for Community Engagement and Social Research
(Open until filled)
Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) seeks an innovative, knowledgeable, experienced, and renowned public or academic leader who is recognized for their outstanding contributions to the understanding and shaping of public affairs to be their next Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair. CCSU invites expressions of interest, nominations, and applications.
Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair
The Governor William A. O'Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics was established in 2000 by then Connecticut's Board of Governors for Higher Education and the Connecticut State University Board of Trustees to honor the late Governor William A. O'Neill, who served from 1980 to 1991.
The O'Neill Endowed Chair seeks to promote an understanding of the history, structure, people and policies of our State's government for both students and the larger community. The Chair's programs include active archival and oral history projects and collaborations with CCSU's academic departments as well as the University Library, and the United States Library of Congress.
The O'Neill Endowed Chair links the Center for Community Engagement and Social Research to students and faculty through a wide range of academic and applied research programs. To date, the Chair Holder has been a public figure recognized for an outstanding contribution to the understanding and shaping of public affairs in Connecticut.
For more information on the Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair and the Center for Community Engagement and Social Research, please visit https://www.ccsu.edu/cppsr/chair.html.
Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Community Engagement and Experiential Learning, the Endowed Chair serves as a trusted partner and strategic advisor regarding public policy development initiatives, social research in practical politics and public affairs.
The Endowed Chair serves in a part-time faculty capacity and is entitled to fully participate in benefits offered to full-time faculty. The following examples of duties illustrate the general range of tasks assigned to the Endowed Chair but are not intended to define the limits of required duties. Other essential duties may be assigned consistent with the general scope of the position.
The Endowed Chair shall teach course(s) in an area of expertise within an appropriate academic department, primarily Political Science. Serving as a representative of CCSU, the Endowed Chair shall arrange public lectures and campus forums on matters of public policy and practical politics as well as guest speakers of notable policymakers addressing current and emerging issues in public policy and politics. Most importantly, the Endowed Chair, under the direction of the Associate Vice President, provides significant opportunities for CCSU to collaborate with state governmental leaders on important new policy initiatives; student experiential learning; and student mentoring. As a key stakeholder in the Center for Community Engagement and Social Research, the Endowed Chair will lead development efforts to secure additional funding and expand program outreach and initiatives.
The ideal candidate will have notably served in public service in Connecticut as an elected official or leader of a governmental agency or organization. CCSU additionally invites renowned figures in the academic community whose work has influenced the development or implementation of public policy, preferably in Connecticut.
The incumbent will be required to work in person, on campus and may be required to work evenings, weekends, and some travel.
Required Qualifications and Characteristics
The Endowed Chair will be a charismatic and distinguished individual with a proven record of notable public service as well as public policy development and implementation.
The Endowed Chair must possess significant knowledge, skills and abilities in public and governmental affairs, and public policy development and implementation. The incumbent must possess the demonstrated ability to develop and manage strategic initiatives and to both supervise and direct the work of professional and support staff as assigned.
Most importantly, the Endowed Chair must possess the passion and commitment to the current and future success of the University, its students, faculty, and staff. Other key qualifications include:
- An advanced degree from an accredited institution;
- Notable public service as an elected official, governmental agency or organizational leader, or alternatively a distinguished academic leader whose work has influenced the development or implementation of public policy;
- Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications, organizational and presentational skills; and demonstrated organizational skills.
Preference will be given to candidates who have the following:
- Public service experience in Connecticut;
- Professional teaching experience at the collegiate or university level;
- Demonstrated success working with the Connecticut General Assembly and local Executive Officials.
Central Connecticut State University
CCSU is a campus community focused on students and their educational development. The low student/faculty ratio allows for close interaction with faculty and individual attention to students. The average class size is 25; no classes are taught by graduate students. The faculty serve as teachers, mentors, advisers, and research partners with students.
The University offers a four-year interdisciplinary honors program to eligible students in any of the undergraduate schools. The program requires two four-credit courses per semester during the first two years and a capstone honors thesis during the junior year. All honors courses are team-taught. Honors students are eligible for a $4500 scholarship which is renewable for up to three years.
CCSU students have a variety of opportunities to do individual research with the guidance of a faculty member, both during the year and over the summer. The University has an annual research day where students of all disciplines can present their research or creative activity. The University awards travel support for the best work in each academic area so that students can present their work at national meetings such as the National Council for Undergraduate Research.
CCSU also has a robust commitment to community service. The University provides a variety of service opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. Options include service-learning courses, service projects, and volunteering. The Office of Community Engagement works collaboratively with the Community Engagement Committee, a standing committee of the Faculty Senate consisting of faculty and staff committed to community engagement. In 2016, the Community Engagement Committee was awarded the first CT Campus Compact Campus Leadership Award in recognition of its efforts to foster more community engagement activity by CCSU faculty and students. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized CCSU’s work by designating it a Community Engagement Institution; CCSU was also selected for the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Reflecting the growing diversity of Connecticut, CCSU is an increasingly diverse campus. The largest minority groups in the student body are Hispanic/Latino (15.7 percent), Black/African-American (11.8 percent), and Asian (4.6 percent). Hispanic/Latino students and Black/African-American students have both increased significantly in number over the past several years. Seventeen per cent of the faculty are people of color: Asian 4.7, Black/African American 5.6, and Hispanic/Latino 3.7. Twenty-three percent of the staff are people of color: Asian 3.3, Black/African American 9.1, and Hispanic/Latino 9.3. CCSU offers a variety of academic and co-curricular programs that support diverse students and offer them opportunities to explore the many cultures and issues that are important to our increasingly multicultural society.
Adding to campus diversity are the University's international programs and activities supported by the George R. Muirhead Center for International Education (CIE). Founded in 1987 as a state-wide center for excellence in international education, the CIE has established a number of community and university partnerships around the globe. It also offers both short-term, faculty-led programs, as well as semester- and year-long programs. The CIE is also home to the Intensive English Language Program. CCSU enrolls international students in both degree- and non-degree programs. During the past ten years, CCSU has become a more residential campus. Fifty-seven percent of first year students live on campus. CCSU offers its students a full range of clubs and activities, including musical groups; academic, honorary, and special interest clubs and societies; dance and theatre groups; student government; various student-run media; campus ministry; and social fraternities and sororities. As CCSU has become more residential, the level of student activity has increased, making the campus more vibrant.
At the same time, a large portion of CCSU’s students are commuters, many of them balancing their academic work with family obligations and full-time employment. CCSU values its commuter students, recognizes their special needs, and makes every effort to integrate them into campus life.
The Central Connecticut Blue Devils, an NCAA Division I athletics program, competes in the Northeast Conference, offers intercollegiate competition in seven men's sports and nine women's sports. CCSU students are offered a variety of recreation, fitness, and wellness options, including 25+ intramural activities and club sports, a C.J. Huang Recreation Center and a variety of wellness and fitness classes.
For more information about Central Connecticut State University, please visit www.ccsu.edu
Application and Appointment: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Priority review will begin December 9, 2022.
To begin the application process please visit the CCSU HR Job Opportunities at https://www.ccsu.edu/hr/faculty-management-admin.html. Select job [C22-077]
Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics and click on the Apply button and submit the following documents:
- Letter of Interest addressing the qualifications for this position
- Current résumé or curriculum vitae
- Names of three current professional references with title, email addresses and telephone numbers
Candidates selected for interview may be asked to provide additional information.
Compensation and Benefits
The Endowed Chair is compensated in accordance with the Connecticut State University American Association of University Professors collective bargaining agreement. Incumbents shall be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor (prorated at part time) for 2022-23. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Salary range for the rank of Assistant Professor ranges from $34,502 to $46,003 (prorated part-time equivalent). For more information, please visit 2021-2025 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Collective Bargaining Union Contract
All appointments to the Governor William A. O’Neill Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Practical Politics are subject to approval by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education.
The State of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University are proud to offer its employees competitive wages and a wide range of fringe benefits including voluntary and supplemental benefits.
Fringe benefits include personal and sick leave, paid holidays, medical, dental, and prescription plans, group life insurance, a choice of retirement plans, retirement health care, tuition waiver for employee and eligible dependents at any of the Connecticut State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern or Western) as well as an array of voluntary and supplemental benefits such as Deferred Retirement Compensation plans, Dependent Care Assistance and Medical Flexible spending accounts, long term and short term disability plans.
For more detailed information, please visit CCSU Human Resources
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For more information, contact Diana Cohen, Search Committee Chair, at 860-832-2962 or email@example.com
As an affirmative action employer, Central Connecticut State University actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.