Assistant Professor - Public Administration - Political Science - University of Massachusetts-Lowell in Lowell Massachusetts

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University of Massachusetts-Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts 01854

United States

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UMass Lowell

Assistant Professor - Public Administration - Political Science

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is seeking a scholar of public administration to fill a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position will be based in the Department of Political Science, and will be integral to the development of the University's new Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program.

The successful candidate will have a well-developed research agenda in the area of public administration and/or public policy, a record of peer-reviewed publications, and a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship. He/she will also demonstrate a strong commitment to public service education, an ability to work with a diverse student body, and capacity to teach courses in at least two of following areas: public administration, public budgeting and finance, public and non-profit management and leadership, and public policy analysis.

The MPA program is an interdisciplinary initiative of the University's College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS). The College has experienced transformative growth over the past four years, including the hiring of over 50 new faculty members, a 70% growth in funded research expenditures, and the addition of several new interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs. Beyond its core curriculum, the MPA program will offer specialized options in justice administration, public humanities and the arts, and human services. The program will begin admitting students and offering courses for Fall 2016, and will be fully operational for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Department of Political Science features a growing and diverse body of faculty with research and teaching interests that cut across different geographical, methodological and thematic areas. The department has experienced significant enrollment growth in its undergraduate major (which includes specializations in American Politics, Political Communication, International Politics, and Law & Politics), and has played an integral role in the College's interdisciplinary graduate programs, including its PhD in Global Studies, Masters degree program in Peace and Conflict Studies, and the new MPA. Department faculty are engaged in leadership roles for a range of campus-wide research and experiential learning initiatives, including the Model UN Program, Emerging Scholar Program, the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion, Climate Change Initiative, and International Study Abroad Programs.

University of Massachusetts Lowell offers highly competitive compensation and benefits, including salary, start-up funding, and relocation expenses. Although the preference is to fill the position in time for the Fall 2016 semester, the start date is negotiable.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in public administration, public policy, political science, or a related field
  • Demonstrated capacity to produce high-quality scholarship, including record of peer-reviewed publications
  • The ability to work effectively with diverse groups
  • Demonstrated capacity to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in at least two of the following areas: public administration, public budgeting and/or finance, public and non-profit management and leadership, and public policy analysis

Other Considerations:

  • Professional experience working within the public and/or non-profit sector
  • Substantive experience conducting applied research in partnership with public and/or community-based agencies

To apply, please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, research statement, the names and contact information of three references at:

Initial review of applications will begin February 15, 2016 and continue until position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.



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Keyword Phrases

  • Assistant Professor
  • Public Administration
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration & Policy
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Department of Political Science
  • Program Administrators and Coordinators
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume