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Assistant Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management, Environmental Administration

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Environmental Studies, Instruction, Public Policy and Planning

Department: School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline

October 15, 2023; Position open until filled

Required Application Materials

To ensure consideration, please submit your application by October 15th, 2023, including the following:
1) Cover letter describing research interests and teaching interests*
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) Statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion
4) Evidence of teaching excellence
5) Scholarly writing sample
6) Contact information for three references

*The School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management is dedicated to building a diverse community that is committed to teaching and working in an inclusive environment. Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion might address:
• Understanding of inequities in academia and the field of public policy and/or nonprofit management faced by historically underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.
• Evidence of initiatives, mentoring, or teaching that aim to reduce barriers for underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.
• Evidence of research interests that address or incorporate issues that involve or affect diverse groups.
• Examples of how you envision new activities and pedagogical projects that will support and expand an accessible, diverse, and inclusive education in public policy and/or nonprofit management.

The University of Oregon is committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and seeks candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute to the achievement of this goal. The School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management seeks to further this commitment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.

Position Announcement

The School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon is accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty position (Assistant Professor Rank) with a start date of September 15, 2024. The position is a 1.0 FTE, 9-month, full-time faculty position. Candidates must have both research and teaching interests in either the government or nonprofit sector. We seek candidates with demonstrated scholarly potential and strong teaching skills.

This position, part of the UO Provost’s Environmental Initiative, addresses the critical issues of environmental and climate change from the policy administration perspective. Central to environmental resilience but often ignored by academia is the implementation end of the environmental policy spectrum. Although federal policy is a critical first step, environmental solutions are implemented locally, with state and local governments, tribal nations, and other community organizations innovating and collaborating to forge on-the-ground solutions. These solutions, if practical and well-designed, can spread widely to other jurisdictions as they are copied by other states and cities.

We seek an environmental scholar with a deep interest in how policy is implemented in situ – that is, an environmental administration scholar. This scholar may conduct research in one or more of several environmental areas, including community preparedness and climate resilience, local coordination and response to environmental hazards and disasters, environmental community engagement and policy advocacy, and local implementation of environmental regulation and policy. They may have expertise in local/state government, tribes, or nonprofit organizations. Environmental administration has a very high potential to be the focal point of collaborative externally-funded research across several departments at UO. We anticipate this faculty member may partner on federal grants with UO faculty from environmental studies, earth sciences, landscape architecture, geography, law, and other disciplines.

Primary teaching responsibilities will be focused on core classes in the Master of Public Administration, Master of Nonprofit Management program, and environmental elective courses in the undergraduate program. We are particularly interested in candidates who would be able to teach some of the following courses: public policy analysis, public sector economics, quantitative methods, program evaluation, financial management, public management, philanthropy, nonprofit management consultancy, project management, fundraising, board governance, and strategic planning. Environmental elective courses may include environmental policy, natural resources policy, climate change policy, and environmental impact assessment, among other possibilities. All faculty in the School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management report to the School Head and Director of the Master of Public Administration Program and/or Master of Nonprofit Management.

The University of Oregon operates on a system of three 10-week quarters with a typical load of five courses per year. Service responsibilities include committee contributions, advising, and participation in shared governance. In addition to teaching and service responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to sustained and developing research, with an active and ongoing professional record.

A core value throughout the department is respect for individuality and diversity, as we recognize that such a commitment will enhance excellence in both our educational and research missions. Therefore we seek candidates who will help create an educational environment supportive of staff, students, and faculty inclusive of race, culture, (dis)ability, gender, sexuality, religion, or other aspects of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented and historically excluded groups.

Department or Program Summary

The School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management is an interdisciplinary school with graduate programs that provide a rigorous curriculum combining academic theory, analytic skills, and extensive real-world applications so that students become effective and creative nonprofit and government leaders prior to graduating. Both the MPA and MNM degrees are accredited. PPPM also offers an accredited Master of Community and Regional Planning, a PhD in Planning & Public Affairs, and a demanding, pre-professional BA/BS in Planning, Public Policy & Management. The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, in the beautiful Willamette Valley, with easy access to snow-capped mountains and scenic coastlines.

Minimum Requirements

• PhD in public policy, public administration, nonprofit management, or closely related field (ABD candidates – please note your anticipated date of PhD completion);
• Candidates must possess strong quantitative research skills. Qualitative research skills are also important, particularly for candidates whose research involves management and administration.

Preferred Qualifications

• Established research and a record of innovative and effective pedagogy in the field of public policy and administration and/or nonprofit management, with a focus on Environmental Administration.

About the University

The University of Oregon is the flagship institution of higher learning in Oregon and enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students. It is an Association of American Universities member and Tier-One research institution that is ranked “highest research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UO is an institutional member of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC); the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM); the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA); and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://clery.uoregon.edu/annual-campus-security-and-fire-safety-report.

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