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Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Flint invites applications for an Interim Director of the Master of Public Administration program to begin Fall 2017. This is a limited term appointment of two to four years. We are seeking to hire a candidate who is thoroughly knowledgeable of NASPAA accreditation standards and who will assist MPA faculty in bringing the program into alignment with those standards. Relevant administrative experience is essential. The position entails a 2/2 teaching load (including possibility of undergraduate courses).  Areas of specialization are open.  A PhD in Public Administration, Political Science or a related field is required.  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. Review of applications will start January 20th 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit: a letter outlining specific qualifications for the position, a C.V., names and contact information for three references. Documents must be submitted electronically and addressed to: Kathryn Schellenberg, Search Committee 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 undergraduate and graduate 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.


·       Critically assess the current MPA program and assist/direct MPA faculty in bringing the curriculum into alignment with NASPAA standards and otherwise guide the program to accreditation eligibility.

·       Teach 2 public administration courses per regular semester (primarily at the graduate level but may include undergraduate courses as well).

·       Develop the course schedule and assign instructors for each academic year.

·       Mentor/support program faculty, students, and staff.

·       Conduct regular evaluations of MPA faculty and staff.

·       Participate in routine faculty service/governance activities (e.g. attend meetings, serve on committees as appropriate) and perform other duties commensurate with the position.  

Required Qualifications*

·       PhD in Public Administration, Political Science or related field.

·       Familiarity with NASPAA accreditation standards.

·       Administrative experience.

·       Ability to teach one or more foundational course in public administration.

·       Record of scholarly productivity.

·       Commitment to civic/community engagement.

Desired Qualifications*

·       Previous leadership experience in guiding an MPA program through the NASPAA accreditation or reaccreditation process, including but not limited to, substantial involvement in the program assessment, self-study, etc.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

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.