Main Campus - Edmond, OK; 1 Santa Fe and/or
the Carnegie Center – Oklahoma City
July 1, 2022
Applications will begin to be reviewed December 1, 2021.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position
Submit a letter of interest; curriculum vita; list of references
with all contact information; 3 letters of reference; 1 – 2 page
essay on diversity, equity, and inclusion; 1 – 2 page essay on
teaching philosophy; sample syllabi and any other teaching
artifacts if available; 1 writing sample; research agenda; and,
copies of all transcripts.
The Department of Political Science seeks to appoint a full-time,
tenure-track faculty member with specialization in
Indigenous/Tribal Governance for the Master of Public
Administration program. https://www.uco.edu/cla/departments/political-science/mpa/
The Department of Political Science at the University of Central
Oklahoma is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse
faculty and to creating a welcoming environment for all.
Teaches, advises and mentors students, evaluates student
performance, and maintains department and student records in
accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational
philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with
colleagues and professional peers. Participates in university
meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department,
college, and university committees as requested. Prepares
departmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service,
and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure
and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook.
Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service is
expected. This position is full-time, tenure-track position.
The University of Central Oklahoma seeks to strengthen its support
for and relationship with Native American and Indigenous
communities and nations through academic pursuits, partnerships and
historical recognitions. Ongoing activities include recruitment of
Native American students, faculty and staff; curricular offerings;
and, student programming related to Native American Heritage month
and Indigenous Peoples Day. The Master of Public Administration, as
a graduate program, has been an affiliate of the Network of Schools
of Public Policy, Administration and Affairs since 2013. The
program has been commended and recognized by outside evaluators for
excellence in public service education and commitment to creating
an inclusive environment.
The Department of Political Science, the location of the MPA
program, develops leadership qualities in students, thus expanding
the scope of their career opportunities. The institution’s
educational emphasis is on faculty mentorship in student-centered
education, with a commitment that respects equity and diversity.
The position in Indigenous/Tribal Governance is central to the
development of an initiative that strengthens Native Nation
Building and Indigenous Governance in Oklahoma and beyond through
the provision of professional training, leadership development and
graduate education. Self-identifying Indigenous candidates may
share their Indigenous heritage and community connections.
Teaches (4 classes per semester), advises, supervises and mentors
graduate and undergraduate students. Actively participates in the
governance of the Master of Public Administration program. Works in
a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers.
Serves on department, college, and university committees.
Participates in university meetings. Prepares departmental reports
as requested. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or
creative activities in the field(s) of demonstrated expertise, and
as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the
UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook
Duties and Responsibilities
Teach in the core curriculum of the MPA program at the graduate and
undergraduate levels, liaise with Indigenous communities and
organizations, contribute to the ongoing development of curriculum,
and maintain an active research agenda. Must be willing to teach in
a variety of instructional formats (in-person, hybrid, and online)
as needed and appropriate. Teaches, advises, and mentors students;
engages in service on the department, college, and university
levels; and maintains an active program of research, scholarly,
and/or creative activities.
Applicants should have either an earned doctorate, Ph.D., and/or
juris doctorate, J.D., in any sub-field related to indigenous
governance/public administration and/or international
relations/public administration and/or law, or a J.D. with an
emphasis in indigenous/tribal law, or related area. The Ph.D.
and/or J.D. must be from a regionally accredited or an
internationally recognized institution (exceptions require approval
from the UCO Office of Academic Affairs). Possesses excellent
communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
- University teaching experience.
- Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
- Demonstrated publication record.
- Developed research agenda.
- Extensive experience working with Indigenous/Tribes and
- History of developing graduate curriculum, mentoring and
advising graduate students.
The MPA faculty acknowledge and honor the indigenous peoples whose
unceded traditional lands overlap in Oklahoma – the Apache,
Arapaho, Caddo, Comanche, Kiowa, Osage, and the Wichita. We also
remember the 60 tribes who were relocated during the genocidal
disruptions of the removal era, including, but not limited to, the
Muscogee, Sac and Fox, Seminole, Cherokee, Delaware, Osage, Ponca,
and Pawnee nations. In the United States, Oklahoma has the
third-largest number of tribes, behind Alaska and California.
Inclusive Community at UCO
The University of Central Oklahoma affirms and promotes diversity
in areas including race, class, gender identity, ethnicity,
culture, religion, ideology, (dis)ability, affectional orientation,
gender expression, and other aspects of self-identification. The
university’s appreciation of diversity includes an awareness of the
historical heritage on which the university was founded and the
many struggles and sacrifices, both historically and currently,
that confront underrepresented communities. Given this awareness,
UCO actively strives to enrich the experience of the entire
community by implementing practices that remove barriers to those
communities served least well by existing institutions and systems.
UCO does this not only because it is right, but also because
diversity enriches the experiences and expands the social and
conceptual horizons of students, faculty, and staff members while
enhancing the university’s ability to contribute to the
intellectual, cultural, economic, and social advancement of the
communities and individuals it serves. https://www.uco.edu/offices/people-culture/inclusive-community/
Master of Public Administration Mission Statement
As the flagship public service program for Oklahoma’s metropolitan
university, the University of Central Oklahoma MPA serves diverse
communities by preparing ethical, transformation leaders who
creatively and analytically inform public dialogue and manage
policy through collaborative action by preparing graduates for
careers in government, nonprofit organizations and other public
Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may
be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform essential functions.