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Assistant Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management, Housing

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Instruction, Planning/Project Management

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 application materials by October 15, 2023. To apply, submit the following:
1) a cover letter describing research interests and teaching interests
2) curriculum vitae
3) a statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion
4) evidence of teaching excellence
5) a scholarly writing sample
6) and 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 16, 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 nonprofit or government sector. We seek candidates with demonstrated scholarly potential and strong teaching skills.

This position, appropriate for a candidate specializing in policy, public administration, or nonprofit management, addresses the critical issue of housing insufficiency. We encourage applications from candidates who have an interest in identifying socially just and economically viable solutions to homelessness and would consider this topic as a core area of their future research.

Because homelessness is an issue requiring interdisciplinary innovations, this new faculty member might address housing from one of three disciplinary areas; public administration and the role of local government in forging solutions to enhance affordability and end homelessness; the role of local, state, and federal policy reforms to address the housing crisis; and nonprofit management and the role of philanthropy and nonprofit solutions in alleviating housing insufficiency. The causes of housing insufficiency are myriad, with a key underlying driver being economic inequality. Thus, we also invite candidates with a research background in measuring and defining solutions to systemic poverty and widening gaps in the distribution of income and wealth both in the U.S. and globally. An impressive presence of both federal and private funders actively funding housing insufficiency research. Potential for research collaboration with other UO faculty includes researchers from fields such as planning, law, architecture, education, and others. The array of UO talent across these fields and perspectives allows for coalescing into a leading interdisciplinary task force of researchers.

Primary teaching responsibilities will be focused on core classes in the Master of Public Administration, Master of Nonprofit Management program, and elective courses in the undergraduate program. We are particularly interested in candidates who would be able to teach some of the following courses: financial management, public management, philanthropy, nonprofit management consultancy, project management, fundraising, board governance, public policy analysis, public sector economics, quantitative methods, program evaluation, and strategic planning. The candidate could develop housing-specific elective courses such as housing policy, affordable housing finance, or other relevant topics.

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 a closely related field. (ABD candidates - please note your anticipated date of PhD completion.)
• Candidates must have 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 Housing.

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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