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Assistant or Associate Professor

Position Summary

The Department of Public Administration and Policy in the University of Georgia’s School of Public & International Affairs invites nominations for and applications from scholars with research and teaching interests in the area of smart cities and sustainability. Of particular interest are experts with training in public policy and/or public administration who study energy and advanced environmental systems in urban and urbanizing areas, and scholars who draw clear research connections between smart cities and enduring questions in urban management. The department seeks scholars who are dedicated to research, teaching, and student mentorship and will contribute to the current strengths of our MPA and Ph.D. programs. Preference will be given to applications from individuals qualified for appointment at the assistant or associate professor rank with research and teaching interests in areas such as: financing of zero emissions public transportation infrastructure; policy and risk dimensions of autonomous vehicles or other energy innovations; research on environmental conditions in a smart cities; smart cities and environmental justice issues; intergovernmental management of smart cities; the use of data and information technology for the promotion of pro-environmental behaviors in urban settings; and monitoring and evaluation practices for public administrators in smart cities. Candidates with interest in advancing externally-sponsored work (collaboratively or individually) to support research in these areas are especially encouraged to apply.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications submitted before September 15th will be given priority in the review process.

Candidates should describe their preparation to contribute to the undergraduate minor in public policy and management as well as the MPA core curriculum and elective specializations.

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Assistant or Associate Professor


SPIA-Public Admin & Policy

About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

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Benefits Eligible


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Job Closing Date

Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Athens Area

EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Open Rank


Faculty Rank

Open Rank

Contract Type

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status

Tenure Track or Tenured

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants should have an earned Ph.D. in public administration or public policy or related field by August 2024.

Additional Requirements

Assistant Professor :
The rank of assistant professor is the primary entry-level position for employment as a faculty member at the University.
Requirements include the following:
  • Degree: Candidates should have the terminal degrees appropriate for their disciplines.
  • Years in Rank: Candidates do not need a minimum number of years in a lower rank unless the initial appointment was at the instructor level at the University of Georgia.
Associate Professor:
The rank of associate professor is the mid-career faculty rank at the University.
Requirements include the following:
  • Degree: Candidates should have the terminal degrees appropriate for their disciplines.
  • Years in Rank: Under usual circumstances, candidates must serve at least five years as assistant professor, including the year when the promotion will be considered at the University level, before they are eligible for promotion to associate professor.
To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an associate professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Physical Demands

Is this a Position of Trust?


Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?


Does this position require a P-Card?


Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?


Is driving a responsibility of this position?


Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?


Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)


Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


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Applicant Documents
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  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References with Contact Information
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