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Lecturer in Public Service/Administration (Non-Tenure Track, F0852A1)

Old Dominion University
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 26, 2022

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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 School of Public Service, in the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University, invites applications for a non-tenure track, lecturer position that will teach in the MPA program and provide extensive administrative support for the MPA program.

We encourage qualified applicants to apply if they (1) have an interest and experience providing administrative support for a graduate program or related work; (2) academic and professional experience in the concentrations of our MPA program; and (3) interest and experience teaching graduate MPA courses online and in classrooms.

ODU offers a NASPAA-accredited MPA program with two concentrations: Multi-Sector Public Service and Nonprofit Management and Governance. A Graduate Certificate in Public Procurement and Contract Management, and Graduate Certificate in Public Administration and Policy are also offered.

In addition to the MPA and Graduate Certificate Programs, ODU offers a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy and an Undergraduate Minor in Public Service.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in Public Administration or related field.  
  • Experience teaching a multi-cultural student population and a commitment to the success of     that population.
  • Experience managing / administering a large MPA program, or comparable work and administrative experience.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain graduate certification to teach master-level course work in the MPA core.
  • Experience with alternative course delivery mechanisms, including online course development and teaching. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive practitioner experience in government or the non-profit administration.
  • Demonstrated teaching or research experience in social equity or diversity.
  • NASPAA accreditation experience or training.

The MPA program has 150+ racially diverse MPA students, who are at different stages of their careers. MPA students include people coming directly from undergraduate programs to senior executives in local government.  The students are primarily remote and take online classes. Nonetheless, on campus classes are also offered. An on-campus presence and office hours are expected of this position.

Administrative responsibilities may include advising prospective and current in-service students, program assessment and performance, curriculum, scheduling, and coordinating reaccreditation for NASPAA. Additional responsibilities may be assigned by the Department Chair.

At the School of Public Service, we believe that students learn best when exposed to practicing professionals and real-world situations; that faculty research informs classroom instruction and community service; and that community service informs faculty research and builds capacity in state and local governments, nonprofits and businesses. Considering our college’s commitment to improving economic resiliency and inclusive well-being through active community engagement, we have a strong preference for candidates with experience or a demonstrated willingness to support the school’s efforts in community engagement with regional public entities, nonprofits, and businesses.

Old Dominion University is a state-supported, Carnegie Doctoral/High Research Activity University with over 25,000 students.  The University is located in Norfolk, Virginia, the hub of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area with a population of approximately 1.6 million.  As a major recreation area known for its beaches, historical landmarks, and the Chesapeake Bay, the Hampton Roads Region also profits from its proximity to Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Federal, state, and local governments represent approximately a third of the region’s total employment.  Boasting the largest naval base in the world, Hampton Roads also accommodates major Army and Air Force commands.

Candidates should submit a letter of application indicating (1) teaching interests and experience, (2) evidence of administrative and professional experience (3) evidence of on-line course development and teaching (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness such as student evaluations or reflective statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial graduate transcripts, and the contact information of three professional references. References will be contacted by the applicant tracking system to submit a letter of recommendation if the candidate moves forward in the search. All application materials should be submitted at

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions on the position should be directed to Sam Brown, Professor and Chair at

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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