Postdoctoral Fellow (American University)

American University

Job title: Postdoctoral Fellow (American University)
Hiring institution: American University
Location: Washington, DC, District of Columbia | United States
Application deadline: 03/15/2024

Job Description:

The Department of Public Administration and Policy (DPAP) in the School of Public Affairs at American University invites applications for a full-time, postdoctoral fellow beginning August 1, 2024 and ending July 31, 2025 (renewable for one more academic year). Applicants should have a PhD or an anticipated PhD completion by August 2024 in the field of public administration, public policy, economics, political science, or a related field.

American University prides itself on having a diverse workforce and to that end encourages applications from underrepresented minorities interested in advancing their stellar careers in public administration and policy. Field of study is open but candidates conducting research in areas that build upon the strength of DPAP’s faculty are especially welcome including public administration, public management, research on the nonprofit sector, and the policy areas of education, health, and poverty. Postdoctoral Fellows will participate fully in the academic life of the department, including engaging with faculty and participation in DPAP’s research seminar series. Teaching responsibilities will include two courses per academic year in the school’s Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, and minor in Public Administration and Policy. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Salary and benefits are competitive. Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), three reference letters, and copies of recently published articles or working papers. Please email, if you have any questions.

Established in 1934, the School of Public Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the departments of Government; Justice, Law, & Criminology; and Public Administration & Policy.  The Department of Public Administration & Policy offers six graduate degrees, an undergraduate minor, and several graduate certificates.  Its programs are consistently ranked among the best in the field of public affairs by U.S. News & World Report.  Learn more about the School of Public Affairs at and about the Department of Public Administration & Policy at


AU offers a competitive benefits package including a 200% matching retirement plan, tuition benefits for full-time staff and their families, several leadership development certificates, and has been recognized by the American Heart Association as a fit-friendly worksite. Click here to learn about American University’s unique benefit options.

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