Assistant Professor - Master of Public Administration Program

Job description

Job no: 498044
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Public Affairs, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Department Summary

The Master of Public Administration program at San José State University seeks qualified candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with a specialization in non-profit management.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is housed in the Political Science Department and is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The program includes core courses, advanced seminars, and elective courses from within the program and also from related fields such as communication studies, political science, and urban planning. MPA graduates become the leaders, managers and analysts in public and non-profit agencies that serve the Silicon Valley’s diverse community. Learn more about SJSU’s MPA program at our website.

This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in a developing career at a teaching-centered institution that is a national leader in graduating historically underserved students. SJSU has achieved both HIS (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native-American and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution).

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Public Administration, Public Policy, or Public Affairs at the time of appointment. Applicants with a Ph.D. in Political Science or a related field—but with teaching and research primarily focused on public administration and/or non-profit management—may also apply.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience in public administration and publications, or strong potential for publications, appropriate to the public administration discipline and specialty in non-profit management.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of complex social issues, such as homelessness, immigration, criminal justice, environmental impacts and/or health disparities addressed through non-profit organizations and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
  • Experience working in a public or non-profit agency.
  • Teaching and research experience in government and non-profit financial management.
  • Experience working with Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other racially minoritized students in the classroom, and an understanding of how historical patterns of exclusion of these groups within higher education and the field of public administration shape patterns of participation and outcomes.
  • Willingness to examine and re-mediate one’s instructional, relational, and classroom practices to more effectively engage and support historically underserved students.


  • Teach advanced graduate public administration courses, including non-profit management, and other undergraduate political science courses commensurate with the successful applicant’s area of expertise and department needs.
  • Develop and sustain an ongoing record of research, scholarship, and/or creative activities, as well as other professional engagement.
  • Participate in shared governance, typically in department, college, university, and other committee assignments.
  • Supervise graduate research projects and provide graduate student mentoring
  • Display a willingness and ability to work collaboratively with faculty members in related fields such as Urban Planning, Global Studies, Justice Studies, or Environmental Studies on interdisciplinary projects and curricula.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and experience responding to the strengths and needs of a student population of great diversity—in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation—through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. See Benefits Summary for details.

Starting Date: August 2021

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

Application Procedure Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents by December 5, 2020:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of teaching interests/philosophy that describes what role faculty play in student success
  • Statement of research. This statement should include a discussion of the applicant’s research activities and relationship to the classroom and teaching
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Three references with contact information

Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair, Dr. Garrick Percival ([email protected]).

The University

San José State University enrolls over 35,700 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The university is currently ranked third nationally in increasing student upward mobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is California’s oldest public institution of higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000, America’s tenth largest city) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one of the most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’s public university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, and university-industry experiences to prepare students to address the biggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system. The Master of Public Administration program is accredited by NASPAA, and ranked in the top third of MPA programs nationally by US News and World Report. Its extensive alumni network includes city managers, department heads in public and non-profit agencies, and staff supporting elected officials.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additional Information

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.

Advertised: October 29, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled




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Posted: 10/30/2020
Application Due: 5/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time