Assistant Professor, Public Administration, Political Science Department

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.

Job Overview

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) (formerly the Department of Political Science) at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor with a focus in Public Administration. As this position is within a social justice public administration program, successful candidates will have demonstrated research experience using a social justice framework. Scholars using all methodologies, including community-based research methods, are welcomed. While areas of interest are open, the ideal candidate will have research interests that align with critical theory, race-consciousness, community engagement, intersectionality, social equity, and social justice. Other areas of interest may include nonprofit management, legal governance, fundraising, and grant writing.

SPIA seeks to strengthen its digital justice footprint. An emergent body of work critically examines the disparate effects algorithmic bias, predictive tools, and artificial intelligence has on people and communities of color. While candidates’ areas of interest are open, scholars seeking to advance the field toward more equitable outcomes in digital justice and technology are strongly encouraged to apply.

In addition to the MPA program, SPIA offers a MA and PhD in Political Science as well as three undergraduate BAs (political science, international affairs, and law and society). SPIA also houses two research centers—the Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) and the Center for Cyber Strategy and Policy (CCSP). THRT uses research, learning, and action to provide space for healing the harms caused by racial injustice. CCSP seek to engage scholars, students, and practitioners in interdisciplinary work related to digital strategy and policy. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to affiliate with these centers, if they wish.

The University of Cincinnati is an urban, public, comprehensive Research I institution committed to attracting, supporting, and retaining an academically and culturally diverse faculty. The University of Cincinnati is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. In a continuing effort to foster diversity on our campus, we actively encourage applications from people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, people of diverse sexual orientations, and gender identities, and others who may make a positive contribution to the diversification of ideas and perspectives. Faculty and staff are supported through various groups including the Black Faculty Association, Latino Faculty Association, and LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Association.

Essential Functions

The successful candidate will be expected to teach, research, and advise principally in our Master’s in Public Administration (MPA)program, which is anchored in a research-based, social justice perspective. The course load for research active tenure track faculty is 2-2 (two courses per semester). Applicants will be expected to teach MPA core and elective classes.

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have a completed PhD in Public Administration, Political Science or a related field before the appointment starts on August 15, 2022.

Application Process

Interested and qualified applicants must complete our online application. In addition to the online application, please provide a cover letter indicating fit with the job description, full and current CV, and list of three references. A one-page statement addressing the candidate’s intended contributions to the University’s goals of diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and mentoring is also required. Please use the additional documents feature to include these required items. Review of applications will begin November 20, 2021 with additional applications accepted until the position is filled.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Brandi Blessett, MPA Director, at [email protected]

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate’s experience.

Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.

Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.

Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.

Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.

Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.

Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

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