The newly named School of Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Iowa has an opening for a tenure-track assistant professor in public administration/management for the School’s new Master of Public Affairs program. The MPA program, authorized by the Iowa Board of Regents in 2019, joins the School’s longstanding Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. The School is located in the Graduate College of the University, which has a long-term commitment to interdisciplinary degree programs like the MPA.

The new position will start in the Fall 2021 semester. At the time of hire, the successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. in public administration, public management, public affairs, or political science. We are looking for a productive and impactful scholar with a proven record or demonstrated potential. This position is open with regard to research focus areas. We are especially interested in candidates who can teach courses in public and non-profit management, organizational dynamics and leadership, as well as state and local politics.

Although the MPA program is new, the School’s faculty and curriculum have traditionally placed a strong emphasis on public policy analysis, with strong foundations in quantitative analysis, economics, and public finance. The University of Iowa has a strong tradition of public policy research and teaching, with faculty in Law, Public Health, Business, Journalism and Mass Communications, Education, Sociology and Criminology, and Political Science conducting research in public policy and public affairs, and contributing to the MPA curriculum.

The University of Iowa has many resources and centers that support policy research, teaching, and engagement. The University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center has a 30-plus year history of high quality and impactful public policy research. The Iowa Social Science Research Center provides grant development support and data collection management services, including for survey research. The Larned Waterman Nonprofit Resource Center provides services to the state’s nonprofit organizations. The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities, founded by and located within the School of Planning and Public Affairs, provides faculty and students with the opportunity to engage with local governments and nonprofit organizations to address public policy problems throughout the state. The MPA degree’s capstone projects are completed under the auspices of IISC.

The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a racially diverse and culturally dynamic college town and a UNESCO City of Literature, alongside the picturesque Iowa River. Iowa City is frequently cited for its quality of life in national rankings. Founded in 1847, UI is the state’s oldest public institution of higher education. UI enrolls 33,000 students, including 9,000 graduate, professional, and post-graduate students. A member of the Association of American Universities since 1909 and the Big Ten Conference since 1899, the University of Iowa is home to a nationally recognized hospital and an internationally renowned writing program. Iowa was the first public school to admit men and women on an equal basis and to officially endorse an LGBT student group (in 1970).

Initial review of applications will begin on November 10, 2020 for the August 2021 appointment. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The applicant should reply with a vita, a letter of application, a list of three references, and at least one publication or other sample of writing. The letter of application should describe the kinds of courses the candidate would be prepared to teach, as well as the candidate’s research interests. We especially encourage applications from minorities and women. To apply for this position, please go to and search under requisition number #74014.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Coordinator of Title IX and Section 504, and the ADA in The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 319/335-0705 (voice) or 319/335-0697 (text), The University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1316.

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