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Job Description—Public Administration

The Political Science Department at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) invites applications for a full-time appointment at the rank of tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor in the area of Public Administration. We seek candidates with broad competence in Public Administration and welcome all qualified applicants, including those who study tribal governance, as well as the role of race, gender, inequality, and/or other dimensions of marginalization in public administration and public affairs.

The Department has a Masters of Public Administration program, which includes a public policy component. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in the MPA program, as well as teach at all levels of the curriculum (lower and upper division undergraduate, MA, MPA, and PhD), including specific courses required for degree programs. Normal teaching load is 2/2. We welcome applicants from any empirical research methodological tradition, but expect a high-level of sophistication and rigor. The start-up package is competitive.

This position is open until filled. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. in Public Administration, Political Science, Public Policy or a related field.

A developing or established research agenda in Public Administration, broadly defined.

A record of, or potential for, publishing in top-tier journals and presses in relevant fields.

A rigorous, empirical research methodology.

Ability to teach core courses in the MPA program, and/or related courses.

Ability to teach and mentor PhD students in Public Administration and Public Policy.

Demonstrated excellence, or clear evidence of potential for excellence, in teaching.

Preferred Qualifications

Evidence of or potential for strong external grant activity.

Evidence of attention to diversity, equity and inclusion in research, teaching and/or service.

Compensation Rank

Assistant Professor, II or Associate Professor, III

Department Information

The UNR Department of Political Science is an energetic, collegial and exciting community of political scientists and public policy and public administration scholars with a deep commitment to excellence in research and teaching as well as to leadership in the Department, the University, and the diverse northern Nevada community. The Department is home to three graduate programs that confer MA, MPA and PhD degrees. The PhD includes emphases in Public Administration and Public Policy. The Department offers a BA in Political Science and coordinates the International Affairs major and minors in Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, and Renewable Energy. Faculty are linked with a variety of College and University-wide initiatives, such as the Cybersecurity Center and the Gender, Race and Identity Program. Additional information about the Department can be found at: .

College of Liberal Arts and University Information

The College emphasizes inquiry, discovery and openness to new ideas and perspectives and supports major scholarly research, teaching and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences and arts. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Along with the interdisciplinary Department of Gender, Race and Identity Studies, the College has a Latino Research Center and is actively addressing racism, bias and inequities; for examples, see the Diversity, Research and Engagement website. The world-class Lilley Museum of Art opened in 2019; the many departments of the College have an active intellectual and public events life.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public land-grant institution with Carnegie Research 1 status. With a student population of approximately 22,000, including over 3,000 graduate students, UNR students and faculty have won numerous national research awards and competitive fellowships. The university has been designated as a Carnegie Community Engagement university. Nearly half of UNR students are students of color; the university is an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. In accordance with the University’s mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has a dynamic intellectual, artistic and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music and festival scene along the Truckee River. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city of 300,000 located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of 450,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and for outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many transportation hubs. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Program

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.  For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Contact Information for this position

Search Chair—Jeremy Gelman            

Search co-Coordinator—Karen Braun 

Search co-Coordinator—Tamela Gorden

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

1)  A complete Curriculum Vita with a list of three references

2)  A cover letter stating qualifications, experience, research plans and teaching experience/competencies.

3)  A brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally diverse, inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying.

4) A research-based writing sample.

The search committee may ask applicants to provide three letters of recommendation from their listed references and a sample syllabus.

Close Date or Open Until Filled

Position is open until filled; first review of applications will begin October 29, 2021.—Main-Campus/Assistant—Associate-Professor–Political-Science_R0127036

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