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Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Flint invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Public Administration to start Fall 2017. Areas of specialization are open but the candidate will be expected to teach one or more foundational courses in undergraduate and graduate public administration.  A PhD in Political Science, Public Administration or Policy is required; ABD’s whose degrees will be completed by September 2017 will be considered. The teaching load is 3/3. UM-Flint stresses excellence in teaching as well as scholarship/research. Further, it has been awarded the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement and places high value on outreach. Candidates should submit evidence of promise as teacher/scholars and willingness to participate in civic engagement. Review of applications will start January 20th 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit: a cover letter outlining teaching and research interests/agenda, C.V., teaching evaluations (if available), names and contact information of three references and writing samples. Documents must be submitted electronically and addressed to: Dr. Kathryn Schellenberg, Search Committee Co-Chair at   

UM-Flint is located on a beautiful riverfront campus in downtown Flint. It is one of three campuses of the University of Michigan and has access to the library and other resources of the main campus in Ann Arbor. It has an enrollment of 8500 graduate and undergraduate students and is one of four campuses in the state listed as a “best value” in the Princeton Review. The MPA program is designed to suit the needs of working professionals.  Classes are offered primarily in the evenings but two concentrations offer courses in a mixed mode format of on-line instruction with face-to-face meetings one Saturday per month. The City of Flint boasts an outstanding cultural center and affords rich opportunities for community-based scholarship and outreach related to its well-known economic/social struggles and efforts to support residents and revitalize the city. 

UM-Flint is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 


·       Teach 3 public administration courses per regular semester (primarily at the graduate level but may include undergraduate courses as well).

·       Carry out a program of scholarly research and publication.

·       Participate in civic engagement / community outreach as appropriate.

·       Participate in faculty service/governance (e.g. attend meetings, serve on committees, etc.) as is expected for junior faculty in CAS.  

Required Qualifications*

·       PhD in Political Science, Public Administration or Public Policy completed by time of appointment.

·       Ability to teach foundational courses in graduate/undergraduate public administration.  

·       Evidence of effective teaching ability.

·       Capacity for high quality scholarship (i.e. peer-reviewed publications)

·       Commitment to civic/community engagement.

Desired Qualifications*

·       Previous teaching experience, success.

·       Potential to obtain external funding.

·       Experience re community/civic engagement.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.