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Assistant Professor - Department of Public Administration

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia
Public Administration and Policy


The Department of Public Administration at West Virginia University (WVU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Public Administration starting August 2022. This is a 9-month full-time position with full benefits.

The Department of Public Administration is part of the John D. Rockefeller IV School of Policy and Politics, which includes an Institute for Policy Research and Public Affairs. The WVU Department of Public Administration offers the only NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in West Virginia and recently commemorated its 50th anniversary of educating public service professionals. The MPA program includes area of emphases in Healthcare Administration and Local Governance & Community Development and dual degrees with a Social Work (MSW) and Law (JD). The Department also offers an online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree and graduate certificates in Healthcare Administration and Community Development Policy and Practice. Department faculty have strengths in diverse domains of public service (federal, state, local, international, and nonprofit) and maintain strong collaborations with academic programs and faculty across the University. Many courses include applied research or a service-learning component and the MPA program employs both a capstone project and an internship experience.

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.


The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, or other closely related field. The applicant's area of expertise should include public policy, policy process and/or implementation.The applicant should be able to complement current Departmental strengths in at least one of the following areas: public and nonprofit leadership and management; budget and financial management; grant development and administration; program/project implementation and evaluation.The successful candidate will be expected to teach required and elective courses that support the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate: 1) evidence of effective teaching in relevant curriculum; 2) the potential for, or a record of, an active research agenda as evidenced by conference papers, publications and/or external funding; and 3) demonstrated commitment to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to meet WVU's land-grant mission. Candidates with additional professional experience in public service are encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a single PDF document containing: a) a Cover Letter summarizing experience relevant to the position, b) a social justice statement that addresses NASPAA Universal Competency 5, c) a curriculum vita, and d) contact information for three references. The screening process will begin November 19, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.For more information visit the Department of Public Administration website or send an email to

WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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