Job Summary

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor with a focus on public administration or public management. The preferred area of specialization is social equity and justice; change management; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); and/or racial, social, and economic inequality. We seek someone with the potential or ability to contribute to our national rankings in urban policy/local government management/nonprofit management and to support the university’s mission of engaged learning. The start date is August 16, 2021.

The Levin College is nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report in urban policy (#3), local government management (#13), and nonprofit management (#20). We prepare our graduates to lead in diverse and dynamic urban environments. Located in downtown Cleveland, the Levin College is home to several graduate and undergraduate programs and the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, which provides professional development to the regions’ public sector and nonprofit leaders. The Center is the locus of the Ohio Certified Managers Program.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. from an accredited university in public administration, public management, public policy, urban studies, political science, or a related discipline. ABD candidates will be considered with the stipulation that they will have the Ph.D. awarded by July 1, 2021. Potential for a substantial publication record. Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in public administration. Commitment to student achievement and fostering a diverse student population.

Preferred Qualifications

Potential for a substantial publication record in social equity and justice; change management; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); and/or racial, social, and economic inequality. Interest in engaged research and applied policy using greater Cleveland as a laboratory, focusing on housing, income equality, employment, health, education, public sector technology, or other similar topical areas. Demonstrated excellence in teaching (online and/or face-to-face), and the ability to contribute to more than one degree program (public administration, nonprofit management, urban studies, organizational leadership, economic development, and public safety management). Ability to secure external research funding.

Applicant Instructions

Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter (including research agenda, teaching philosophy, and COVID-19 impact statement if relevant), curriculum vita, diversity statement (described below), the names of at least three professional references, and a writing sample.

Cleveland State University is an urban campus serving a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student body. Diversity is very important to CSU and the mission of Levin College. As part of their diversity statements, candidates are asked to explain their experience and/or commitment to serving diverse students and how they will make a positive contribution to CSU’s diverse community. For candidates who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience, they should note how their work will contribute to CSU’s commitment to diversity and mission as an urban serving university.

Applications will be accepted exclusively online at Mailed or emailed materials will not be accepted. The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs webpage can be found at Administrative questions can be directed to Mary Smith at Further information on this position can be obtained by contacting Dr. Megan Hatch, Search Committee Chair, at Preference will be given to applications that are completed by February 15, 2021.

Please note: Successful candidates will be required to submit an official transcript before their contract can be prepared.

It is the policy of Cleveland State University to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disable status, or genetic information.

Hiring is contingent upon the maintenance of existing levels of funding from the State of Ohio. Offer of employment is contingent on satisfactory completion of the University’s verification of credentials (including evidence of a Ph.D. by July 1, 2021) and other information required by law and/or University policies or practices, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

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