Faculty Director - Center for Public Affairs (F694)

Job description

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.

Position Title: Associate Professor or Professor of Political Science

Position Tracking Number: F694

School/College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department: Center for Public Affairs

Location: Sacramento, California


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is seeking applicants for a founding director for the Center for Public Affairs in Sacramento, California. The director will be responsible for teaching a combination of public administration and/or public policy courses and establishing study away internship opportunities in the Sacramento area within government and non-profit agencies. The director will also be responsible for developing and directing an externally-accredited Master's program in Public Administration (MPA).

Candidates should possess an earned Ph.D. in Political Science or Government or Public Administration, and maintain a strong commitment to Christian higher education. The appointment could begin as soon as January 2018, although a later start date may be negotiated with the dean.


  • Promote the mission and purpose of the Center for Public Affairs among campus faculty, administrators, students, and external partners;
  • In conjunction with with the dean of CLAS and other university officials, expand the network of partners, donors, and alumni in order to augment the influence of the Center on campus and around the state;
  • Coordinate internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and direct the corresponding internship courses;
  • Develop curricula for an externally-accredited MPA program;
  • Teach 6 units of public administration and/or public policy courses each semester;
  • Identify adjunct instructors to assist with undergraduate and graduate-level coursework;
  • Develop, plan, and coordinate outreach events for Center activities, such as a speaker series, donor visits, and interactions with public officials;
  • Assist with the development of a communication publication that highlights Center activities and influence;
  • Manage the program budget and coordinate fundraising efforts, including grant solicitations and other funding proposals
  • Advise and mentor students;
  • Integrate Christian faith in all aspects of instruction and service;
  • Maintain an active scholarly research agenda.


  • Ph.D. in Political Science or Government or Public Administration.
  • A commitment to teaching excellence and a scholarly research agenda.
  • A demonstrated, vibrant Christian faith compatible with the mission of Azusa Pacific University.

Experience: Teaching and publication record commensurate with Associate Professor or Professor rank. Prior program administration experience preferred.


Responsible for teaching 12 units per year. Administrative responsibilities, which includes supervising internships, creating and directing a graduate MPA program, and directing Center activities are expected throughout the academic year and summer months.

Mental Demands:

  • Desire to integrate Christian faith in all aspects of instruction.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Self-starter and ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.
  • Ability to develop and maintain a scholarly research agenda.

Hire Date: January 2018; an earlier or later start date may be negotiated.

Additional Information:

Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at http://www.apu.edu/about/believe), to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Procedure:

To apply, visit http://www.apu.edu/cp/employment/. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.




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Job No: F694
Posted: 1/26/2018
Application Due: 3/27/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable