We seek talented faculty who are passionate about teaching and learning and who will help us realize our vision. As a private institution, Aurora University expects faculty to be involved in the lives of students through mentoring, student support, enrollment initiatives, and other activities related to the college experience. To facilitate this highly interactive faculty/student relationship, the typical teaching load is three 4 credit-hour courses per semester and student advising is supported by professional staff. Evidence of successful teaching, or a strong potential for successful teaching, is required for all positions. Undergraduate faculty share in the delivery of the general education program, most often by teaching within the university's interdisciplinary core.
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION: MPA Director - Clinical Track or Tenure Track, Rank Open
(Applications submitted by 1 February 2018 will receive full consideration)
In recent years, Aurora University has earned national recognition as an educational innovator. Drawing on a unique vision of public-private partnership and the great resources of the Chicago metropolitan area, our faculty have developed ground-breaking curricula for undergraduate and graduate students.
Aurora University is excited to announce the launch of a new Master in Public Administration degree. In anticipation of the new degree, the university invites applications for a clinical- or tenure-track MPA Director (open faculty rank commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience). Teaching and professional experience are highly valued. Prior higher education teaching experience preferred.
Aurora University’s new MPA program prepares students for careers as successful public-sector practitioners upon graduation. While the ideal candidate will have a terminal degree in public administration (or a related-field), non-terminally degreed practitioners with significant public administration experience will also be considered.
The successful candidate is expected to lead in the MPA’s successful launch and delivery, including supporting students through advising and mentoring, curriculum development, program assessment, and faculty hiring and supervision. As the program champion, the MPA Director is expected to collaborate with university enrollment and recruiting efforts for all sites of program delivery. S/he is expected to build and maintain an appropriate professional network that advances the university MPA program. S/he will teach a range of MPA courses, including core and elective courses in his/her area of expertise (i.e. public administration theory, community and economic development, nonprofit management, public safety management, research methods, public sector leadership, etc.). The MPA Director will participate in institutional service and professional activity appropriate to and commensurate with her/his rank and faculty-type (tenure or clinical appointment).
Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.
Aurora University (AU) is an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It is committed to helping students discover what matters and build their life around it.
AU is a private, nonprofit, independent university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 45 undergraduate majors — such as nursing, social work, business administration, criminal justice and psychology — and a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degrees that include social work and business administration. Degree programs are grounded in real-world experiences and are led by experienced, dedicated faculty members, nearly 140 of whom are full-time. The student/faculty ratio is 18:1.
Almost 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students take classes on two main campuses — Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin — as well as the nearby Orchard Center in Aurora and the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. Online classes are also available. The Aurora University campus is located 40 miles west of Chicago.
AU has 24 NCAA Division III teams competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, Midwest Lacro...sse Conference, Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference and Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. About 700 student-athletes compete in sports. AU has a rich history and tradition of success across the spectrum of sport offerings. From conference championships to NCAA Championship appearances to academic awards and community service, student-athletes and staff continue to bring excitement and a sense of pride to Aurora University and all of the Spartan fans across the country. At AU, we firmly believe that intercollegiate athletics should promote the character development of participants, enhance the integrity of higher education, and promote civility in society. Toward these ends, we strive to adhere to fundamental values such as respect, civility, honesty and responsibility. Student-athletes and staff are always expected to operate with the principles of sportsmanship and ethical conduct in mind.
Founded in 1893 in Mendota, Illinois, as Mendota Seminary, the institution soon changed its name to Mendota College. By 1911, it had outgrown its facilities and the following year changed its name to Aurora College and moved to Aurora, where its students could take advantage of a thriving business environment and easy access to Chicago. In 1985, Aurora College changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the magnitude of its academic offerings. Seven years later, Aurora University and George Williams College traditions blended when the two institutions entered into an affiliation agreement that paved the way for a merger eight years later. In 2010, the Woodstock Center opened to meet the needs of students in McHenry County and surrounding communities.