Western Carolina University

Department of Political Science and Public Affairs
Assistant Professor in Public Administration

The Department of Political Science and Public Affairs at Western Carolina University is searching for a nine-month tenure-track assistant professor in Public Administration. The successful candidate will contribute to our NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Affairs Program and our thriving undergraduate program in Political Science. The normal teaching load is three courses per semester and the expectation is that the candidate will teach approximately half of those courses in the MPA and half in our undergraduate program. In addition to teaching excellence, the successful candidate will be expected to maintain a productive and influential research program in public administration and contribute to the department, university, region and profession through meaningful service.

Western Carolina University (WCU) is a 12,000-student campus in the University of North Carolina system that offers 120 areas of study for undergraduates and more than 50 graduate-level programs. The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits WCU to award baccalaureate, masters, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Western Carolina University is committed to the Boyer model of scholarship, the stewardship of place, integrated learning, and engagement in our classrooms and in our communities. The campus is located in the picturesque Cullowhee valley between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville, North Carolina. MPA courses are offered in the evenings at our instructional site in Asheville. The entire region is noted for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities. WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

The ideal candidate will have independent teaching experience at the university level, the ability to offer core and elective courses in our MPA program and in our undergraduate political science program, a promising research trajectory, and a doctorate in Public Administration, Political Science, or a related field from an accredited institution. The ability to offer courses in nonprofit management and/or budgeting and financial management is also preferred.

Review of applications will begin October 20, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit vita, cover letter (which should address teaching and research), evidence of teaching effectiveness, a research sample, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Applicants must also attach copies of unofficial transcripts from the highest degree earned.

Apply Online at: http://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/11633

For more information about the department please visit our website at http://politicalscience.wcu.edu. For questions or additional information, please contact search committee chair, Dr. JoBeth Shafran, at jsshafran@email.wcu.edu