Arizona State University School of Public Affairs 3 Position Openings

The Arizona State University School of Public Affairs invites applications for three tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate level. Hiring will focus on active, entrepreneurial emerging scholars with a desire to work collaboratively across disciplinary lines as they establish themselves as leaders in core fields of public administration and policy research.

The ASU School of Public Affairs (SPA) has embarked upon a period of unprecedented growth as a strategically important element in Arizona State University’s emergence as a “New American University.” The School enjoys a national reputation and high rankings in public administration overall, with urban policy and management ranked #2. It is home to a number of applied research centers that focus on areas such as urban innovation, organizational design, and policy informatics. SPA faculty members have been successful in attracting external funding from national scientific agencies, foundations, and the private sector.

SPA offers Bachelor degrees in Urban and Metropolitan Studies and in Public Service and Public Policy, the Master of Public Policy, the Master of Public Administration, and the Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy. In the years ahead, SPA will draw more students attracted to the unique opportunity of an interdisciplinary public affairs education, with focused training in the core and the ability to chart a path of their choosing.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment and must demonstrate strong research and teaching interests in core areas of public policy or public administration, including a demonstrable record or promise of high quality research in leading publications and excellent teaching. Faculty members are expected to pursue external funding to support research; evidence of the ability to do this should be highlighted. While these are open field searches, candidates with strengths in public budgeting and finance, human resource management, city management, or political economy are strongly encouraged.

Additionally, the SPA faculty continues to expand its areas of policy expertise, concurrently developing ties in a range of policy areas in other ASU units including: sustainability, homeland security, emergency management, technology, business, engineering, social policy, criminology, planning, health solutions and law. Interest in these or other policy offerings overlapping with ASU schools is strength. Joint appointments are a possibility for qualified candidates where appropriate.

Applications are strongly encouraged as soon as possible but before the October 15 deadline; additional applications will be evaluated each week and continue until positions are filled. Please submit electronically a letter of application, current vita, a personal statement that clearly outlines how your research and teaching interests deepen existing strengths of SPA or bring complementary perspectives that extend our capabilities, two writing samples, and names and contact information of three professional references:

Faculty Search Committee
ASU School of Public Affairs
College of Public Programs
411 N. Central Avenue, Suite 450
Phoenix AZ 85004
Email applications to:

For more information on ASU and SPA, please see

ASU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the School actively seeks and supports a diverse workforce. Background check required prior to employment.


About Meg Streams

I am an associate professor of public administration at Tennessee State University. The opinions expressed on my blog are my own and do not represent those of my institution.
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