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Assistant or Associate Professor (Tenure Track)

Programs of Public Affairs
Salt Lake City, Utah
Posted Date
Sep 6, 2023

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The University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Public Administration at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning July 1, 2024. We seek candidates with expertise in some area of public administration, public management, or nonprofit management. The position is open in regards to research foci, and we invite all interested candidates to apply.  In addition, we are interested in candidates whose work engages contemporary issues, such as but not limited to one of the following: attempts to redefine the public sector by dismantling merit-based employment, undermining of public health policies enacted during COVID-19, climate change, environmental justice, and policies/programs having to do with topics such as reproductive health, affirmative action, equity, diversity, and inclusion, including challenges to those policies/programs, among others.

Candidates should have a PhD in public administration, nonprofit/philanthropy, or political science, or a JD focused on public/administrative law, and a robust research agenda in areas such as those mentioned. We seek candidates that can help diversify our faculty’s lived experiences and those adept at applying a critical lens to their teaching and research. The position carries a 4 course/year teaching responsibility, primarily in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, with an emphasis on core courses such as human resources management, budgeting and finance, administrative theory, public law and administration, and/or ethics. There is also potential to contribute to the Master of Public Policy (MPP) program. Our NASPAA accredited MPA program has a near 50-year record training public and non-profit leaders in the Intermountain West. We offer in-person, hybrid, and online courses three semesters per year.

The successful candidate will join an effort to launch an independent Division of Public Affairs. The Division will bring together three professional public service graduate programs – the MPA, MPP, and Master of Science in International Affairs and Global Enterprise (MIAGE) – under the same academic unit. Thus, alongside the aforementioned research and teaching expertise, we encourage candidates with experience in program administration and/or programmatic reorganization and change. The successful candidate will be appointed to the Department of Political Science upon hiring and will transfer to the new Division at the time of its creation, alongside other public administration faculty.

Applications should be submitted by October 1, 2023 to receive full consideration. Applications should include a cover letter (including research and teaching statements), CV, and three letters of recommendation. As part of the cover letter we invite you to describe how your work and experiences contribute to the success of underrepresented students and foster diversity, inclusion, and equity in the classroom and beyond. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Applications should be filed using the online system at


The University of Utah is the flagship institution of the Utah System of Higher Education, is a member of the AAU (Association of American Universities), and has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as among those research universities with the “highest research activity.” The University provides numerous opportunities for internal research funding and offers a generous benefits and retirement package:


The University is located in Salt Lake City, the center of a metropolitan area with a population of approximately 1.26 million residents. Salt Lake City is home to sizable Latinx and immigrant populations (21.5% and 15% of residents, respectively). The city’s proximity to the Wasatch Mountains, world-class ski resorts, and national parks makes it an ideal location for outdoor recreation. SLC has extensive arts and cultural activities. The area has received international recognition for its light rail system, foodie culture, Sundance Film Festival, its vibrant downtown, and increasing ethnic diversity. 


The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

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