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Professor & Director of the School of Public Service (Tenured)

Old Dominion University
Job Location:
Norfolk, 23529
Public Administration and Policy


Position Number: F1046A

Job Description

The School of Public Service in the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University (ODU) seeks highly qualified faculty candidates to serve as School Director and as a full-time faculty member at the rank of Professor. The position begins in July 2024. The School of Public Service houses a NASPAA-accredited M.P.A. program, a doctoral program (Ph.D.) in Public Administration & Policy, a graduate certificate in Public Administration & Policy, a graduate certificate in Public Procurement & Contract Management, and a minor in Public Service. The faculty and students at the School of Public Service are from diverse backgrounds. Students have a wide age range, with many of the M.P.A. and Ph.D. students holding senior positions in public service while others are early in their careers.

The mission of the ODU School of Public Service is to lead in educating public service leaders, build and disseminate public service knowledge, and directly address community challenges in the multi-sector environment. The School of Public Service is committed to multi-sector partnerships which promote the intersection of and interaction between the public, government, nonprofit, and/or business sectors. The candidate should have an interest in expanding multi-sector partnerships and/or multi-sector public service as they relate to issues such as privatization, contracting, community engagement, or social entrepreneurship.

Specific responsibilities: Given the School's mission, part of the responsibilities of the School of Public Service Director will be to provide leadership to further the school's mission, mentor junior faculty and students, and support excellence in research and teaching. Key aspects of these responsibilities include interacting, collaborating, and effectively communicating with a diverse faculty, student body, university administration, and external stakeholders. Exercising strong interpersonal and communication skills and a commitment to shared governance, transparency, consensus building, and collaboration are also important components to achieve the School of Public Service success.

In addition, specific Director responsibilities include:

  • Planning and executing strategic initiatives for the School;
  • Mentoring and supporting faculty and staff;
  • Advocating for and supporting School needs at the college and university levels;
  • Fostering strong community engagement and partnerships;
  • Improving curriculum design and leading accreditation efforts;
  • Demonstrating commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives;
  • Working closely with the School's advisory board;
  • Preparing and administering the School's budget;
  • Evaluating faculty performance in teaching, research, and professional service, and of School staff;
  • Liaising with other academic and administrative units of the college and university, and with appropriate external agencies;
  • Performing research and scholarly activities; and
  • Teaching courses in related areas.

Position Type


Minimum Qualifications - knowledge, skills, and abilities

  1. Research record that meets requirements for a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor.
  2. Ability to teach core classes in the MPA and Ph.D. programs, both online and face-to-face.
  3. Evidence of successful leadership and administrative management of an academic school, department, center, institute, program, or similar entity.

Minimum Qualifications - Education or training

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in Public Administration or related field.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with NASPAA accreditation standards.
  • Expressed interest in multi-sector partnerships and/or multi-sector public service.
  • Demonstrated record of community engagement.
  • Expressed commitment to teaching diverse students and to equity and inclusion.

Application Review Date: 03/15/2024

Special Instructions to Applicants / Additional Materials Required

Applicants must apply at and submit:

  1. A letter of application indicating qualifications, leadership skills and philosophy, and interest in serving as School Director;
  2. A current curriculum vitae;
  3. A brief statement of teaching philosophy and list of taught courses;
  4. Unofficial graduate transcripts; and
  5. Contact information of three references.

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2024, and the position will remain open until it is filled. Questions on the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Royce Burnett at

Telework Friendly: No

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