The newly named School of Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Iowa has an opening for a tenure-track assistant professor in public administration/management for the School's new Master of Public Affairs program. The MPA program, authorized by the Iowa Board of Regents in 2019, joins the School's longstanding Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning. The School is located in the Graduate College of the University, which has a long-term commitment to interdisciplinary degree programs like the MPA.
The new position will start in the Fall 2021 semester. At the time of hire, the successful candidate should hold a Ph.D. by August 2021 in public administration, public management, public affairs, or political science. We are looking for a productive and impactful scholar with a proven record or demonstrated potential. This position is open with regard to research focus areas. We are especially interested in candidates who can teach courses in public and non-profit management, organizational dynamics and leadership, as well as state and local politics.
Although the MPA program is new, the School's faculty and curriculum have traditionally placed a strong emphasis on public policy analysis, with strong foundations in quantitative analysis, economics, and public finance. The University of Iowa has a strong tradition of public policy research and teaching, with faculty in Law, Public Health, Business, Journalism and Mass Communications, Education, Sociology and Criminology, and Political Science conducting research in public policy and public affairs, and contributing to the MPA curriculum.
The University of Iowa has many resources and centers that support policy research, teaching, and engagement. The University of Iowa's Public Policy Center has a 30-plus year history of high quality and impactful public policy research. The Iowa Social Science Research Center provides grant development support and data collection management services, including for survey research. The Larned Waterman Nonprofit Resource Center provides services to the state's nonprofit organizations. The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC), founded by and located within the School of Planning and Public Affairs, provides faculty and students with the opportunity to engage with local governments and nonprofit organizations to address public policy problems throughout the state. The MPA degree's capstone projects are completed under the auspices of IISC.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.