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Associate Professor/Professor

Job Description

Position Number:



Associate Professor

Functional Title:

Associate Professor/Professor

Category Status:

01-Faculty Tenured

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:



PLCY-School of Public Policy

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park seeks to appoint an Associate or Full Professor in the Management and Leadership field, starting in Fall 2023. The successful candidate will add to the school’s long-standing research and pedagogical strengths in both leadership and management. Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to working with women, non-binary and underrepresented minority students, and persons with disabilities through teaching, mentoring, or service are especially encouraged to apply, as are those whose hiring would enhance the School’s diversity. Candidates should have an outstanding record of research, teaching and service commensurate with expectations for a tenured associate or full professor appointment at a highly ranked public policy or public administration program. This includes a superior record of scholarly publications in leading refereed outlets, policy and practice engagement and impact, teaching effectiveness, and institutional service. It also includes success in securing external funding for collaborative research projects. The specific focus of research within the broader management and leadership area is open, but we particularly value demonstration that the candidate is able to focus on these issues across more than one sector—public, nonprofit, and private. The successful candidate will become a key intellectual player in the School’s new Institute for Public Leadership, funded by the Maryland General Assembly. Depending on the interests and background of the candidate, they may also play a role in leading the Institute. The successful candidate will teach in the School’s undergraduate and graduate programs, contribute to a planned Master’s in Public Administration degree, mentor doctoral students, and help students gain practical experience in the policy world. They will also mentor faculty colleagues, as appropriate. The School is committed to increasing diversity of our departmental community as well the greater campus community. We embrace diversity in multiple forms, including identity, background, theoretical and methodological orientations, and opinions. In addition, we ask that candidates explicitly address how their experience and background has prepared them to assist the school in meeting its diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) goals. Either in a cover letter, or in a separate statement, this should include information outlining how, if appointed, the candidate’s will assist the school in its commitment to DEIB.

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned doctorate in in the areas of or closely related to public policy, public administration, leadership, and management
An outstanding record of research, teaching and service commensurate with expectations for a tenured associate or full professor appointment at a highly ranked public policy or public administration program


Candidates with interdisciplinary work, and whose work may range across one or more of these areas, are especially encouraged to apply.

Additional Information:

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is a top-ranked school of public policy and management with a faculty of scholars and distinguished practitioners. In addition to its signature MPP degree (primarily for pre-career students) with robust specializations, the School also offers a Masters of Public Management degree (primarily for mid-career students). The PhD program was recently rated amongst the top ten nationally by the National Research Council. The School inaugurated an undergraduate major in public policy in the fall of 2017, and hosts several undergraduate minors and living/learning programs. It also offers a number of executive (degree and non-degree) programs for career executives in federal, state, and international agencies. The School currently houses research centers covering areas of international security, sustainability, nonprofit management, public policy and private enterprise and School faculty contribute to research, education, and impact across all public policy disciplines, including multiple collaborations with departments and units across campus.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Physical Demands

Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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