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Assistant Professor of Public Administration

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College of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Political Science

Position: Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Starting Date: August, 2020

Minimum Qualifications:
1) An earned Ph.D. or DPA in Public Administration, Political Science, or a closely related field from an accredited institution is required; however, applicants nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For appointment, the doctorate must be completed by the date of appointment (8/20/2020).
2) Evidence of successful teaching at the undergraduate level.
3) Evidence of experience teaching American government courses.
4) Documented research and scholarship in public administration in one or more of the following areas: third-sector and non-profit management; information technology, e-governance, m-governance; and/or public sector organizational communication.

Preferred Qualifications:
1) Evidence of successful experience teaching Public Administration courses at the graduate level.
2) Evidence of successful teaching using high impact practices, including, but not limited to: writing intensive curriculum, collaborative assignments and projects, diversity exploration, and/or community-based learning.
3) Evidence of engaging students in scholarly activities

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate may be required to teach an introductory American government course, undergraduate upper division public administration courses, and graduate level public administration courses. 

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

Salary: Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University: 
California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. 

The Department:
The Department of Political Science at Cal State LA consists of ten full time faculty with teaching and research interests in public administration, public law, American government, political theory, comparative politics and international relations. The department is one of 15 departments within the College of Natural and Social Sciences, which supports the academic programs for 6000 students and 660 instructional personnel.  Faculty are active scholars, as well as innovative teachers, who participate in University governance and serve in numerous student advisory capacities. We have a very robust public administration program and congenial faculty who are strongly committed to a long-range strategic vision that links our urban focus with global issues and opportunities. Our highly regarded NASPAA-accredited MPA program, which serves Southern California, has become an important resource for government and nonprofit agencies seeking graduates with skills in all areas of public administration, including policy analysis, budgetary process and financial administration, human resource management, program and policy evaluation, and intergovernmental and intersectoral relations.  In a given year, well over half of our 90+ MPA students are employed professionals seeking an MPA for purposes of advancement to managerial positions.

Required Documentation:
Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
2) A curriculum vitae.
3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form (http://www.calstatela.edu/sites/default/files/groups/Human%20Resources%20Management/forms/empl_application_academic_2017_11_28.pdf)

Finalists will be required to submit:
Official transcripts.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 

Review of applications will begin September 16, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to [email protected]. Please type “Public Administration Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair Jessica DeShazo at: [email protected].

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.




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Posted: 8/2/2019
Application Due: 10/1/2019
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Salary: Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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