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Associate or Full Professor of Public Administration and Policy

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Work type: Teaching & Research Faculty
Senior management: Architecture & Urban Studies
Department: Center for Public Admin. and Policy
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Architecture / Construction / Planning

Job Description

Virginia Tech seeks a qualified, broadly trained individual to fill this faculty position in the areas of public management and public organizations at the associate or full level within the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) at the main campus in Blacksburg, VA, to begin in August 2022. Teaching responsibilities will include both introductory courses and advanced seminars in CPAP’s MPA and PhD degree programs. The successful candidate is expected to take on a leadership role in support of CPAP programs.

CPAP is housed within the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). It is one unit with one faculty in three locations; courses may include students from Arlington or Richmond in addition to Blacksburg. Courses are taught in-person and using videoconferencing technology. Travel between program locations may sometimes also be involved. CPAP faculty enjoy opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and research in collaboration with other SPIA programs and with a wide array of centers and faculty in science, technology, and the humanities across Virginia Tech.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must hold an earned PhD in public administration, political science, public policy, public management, or a related discipline by appointment start date.

The candidate must demonstrate a commitment to building a strong research agenda and publication record, as well as playing a leadership role commensurate with experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduate-level teaching and mentoring experience and an established publication record are preferred.

Demonstrated commitment to community outreach and engagement, as is expected of faculty at a land-grant institution, is a plus.

A deep commitment to diversity and inclusion demonstrated through pedagogy, research, and/or public engagement is also a plus.

 Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

October 4, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Position requires occasional travel to attend conferences and meetings. 

Application Materials:

Complete applications should include: 1) a letter of interest and a curriculum vita, 2) a sample of original research, 3) a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of quality teaching, 4) a personal diversity statement and 5) a list of three references with their contact information. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted online at 

Questions about the online application process should be directed to Kelly Crist, SPIA Faculty Search Assistant,; phone 540-231-5133, or SPIA (0113), 140 Otey Street, Room 110, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Review of application materials will begin on October 4, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars. It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including persons who have been historically marginalized and excluded given the institutional history and legacy of the university. We actively encourage applications from women and minority candidates. 

About the Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP):

CPAP is a nationally-ranked public affairs program whose mission is to promote good governance and the advancement of capable and ethical public service by providing outstanding education, research, and outreach in the theory and practice of public administration, management, and policy. We offer an accredited Master of Public Administration degree and the PhD in Public Administration and Public Affairs. Both degrees are offered in Blacksburg and Arlington, VA, and the MPA is also offered in Richmond, VA. We also offer a graduate certificate program in local government management. CPAP is a program unit within the School of Public and International Affairs, which also houses programs in Government and International Affairs and Urban Affairs and Planning.

For more information on the Center for Public Administration and Policy or the School of Public and International Affairs, visit or

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Chair of the Search Committee, Joe Rees at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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