Summary: The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, School of Community Resources and Community Development seeks an established, visionary public intellectual scholar to fill the Watts Endowed Professor in Urban Solutions. The Endowed Professor will advance the discovery, organization, transmission, and application of knowledge to the ongoing challenge of developing robust, equitable, vibrant communities. This tenure-line professor position is a full-time, 9-month appointment. The Endowed Professor will receive annual funding of $100,000 from the endowment to advance research and related activities in the area of community development broadly construed and educate and train more students who can help integrate the many disciplines and activities that must be harnessed to create the thriving neighborhoods people aspire to inhabit.

Responsibilities: We seek a candidate with an earned doctorate distinguished scholarly record of research and a renowned reputation in a field related to the objectives of this professorship. That includes but is not limited to community development, economic development, public policy and administration, and nonprofit leadership and management. The responsibilities of the Endowed Professor will be variable and negotiated upon hire to include research, teaching (including mentoring of Phd students and junior faculty) and community engagement. Other responsibilities include college and university committee service as well as regional and national professional activities. The Endowed Professor will engage in institution building by collaborating with organizations and individuals both within and outside the university. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to diversity and equity in education through their scholarship, teaching, and/or service. We seek individuals who want to engage beyond academia at this critical moment and see participating in a public conversation about the role of the University in crafting urban solutions as part of the role of an intellectual.

School: The School of Community Resources and Development is located in the dynamic hub of metro Phoenix, and a part of the multi-campus Arizona State University that provides a multitude of academic and professional connections for students. The mission of our school is to co-create transformative solutions that enhance the social, cultural, environmental, and economic well-being of communities. We provide internationally recognized interdisciplinary research expertise and innovative academic programs in nonprofit leadership and management, parks and recreation management, community sports management, and tourism development and management. Courses are delivered through in-person, online, and hybrid platforms.

College: The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions embodies a commitment to service and a dedication to research that addresses social problems through our deep engagement in the community. Whether the focus is on public safety, social welfare, public administration or community development, the diverse academic programs and research initiatives of the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions offer a multifaceted approach to solving society’s shared challenges. Through our four schools and multiple centers, we help build stronger, more resilient, dynamic communities.

University: ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.
First review of Expressions of Interest is April 19, 2021.

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