Assistant Professor - 27001 Faculty

University of Colorado | CU Denver

School of Public Affairs

Assistant Professor

Position #00765507– Requisition #27001

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

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The University of Colorado Denver seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Denver is the state's premier public urban research university and equity-serving institution. Globally connected and locally invested, CU Denver partners with future-focused learners and communities to design accessible, relevant, transformative educational experiences for every stage of life and career. Across eight schools and colleges in the heart of downtown Denver, our leading faculty inspires and works alongside students to solve complex challenges through boundary-breaking innovation and impactful research and creative work. As part of the state's largest university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with 2,000 employees and annual economic impact of more than $800 million. For more information, visit

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) seeks to hire a full-time (9-month academic year) tenure-track Assistant Professor in Public Administration to start August 2023. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in both the Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration (BAPA) and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs, as well as maintain an active research agenda and publication record. Depending on background, the candidate may also teach in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and/or and PhD in Public Affairs programs.

We are searching in the broad area of public administration/management, and we are open to various sub-field areas of expertise. Interest in social equity, civil society, social vulnerabilities, nonprofit management, collaborative governance, emergency management, urban/local government, and/or performance management would be particularly valuable. As part of our commitment to being a public affairs school in a public urban research university, we particularly encourage candidates whose research agenda is community-based and/or urban-focused, although we will consider all qualified applicants.

The normal class teaching load is 2:2. Applicants should be willing to teach in both face-to- face and online formats. Additional summer teaching opportunities may be available for additional compensation.

SPA is seeking candidates who want to contribute to the dynamic efforts among faculty to support and expand our research, impact and funding, as we continue to be recognized as a top public affairs school. Faculty are committed to working collaboratively and in support of making an impact on the field of public affairs and more broadly, the public sector. We are also committed to graduating high quality students who have the best experiences in the classroom, working alongside faculty in research, and making an impact as graduates who employers seek to hire. We expect that this candidate will quickly become part of an energetic effort to produce the best research and teaching in the field.

SPA is a diverse learning community and one of the most culturally inclusive schools on campus. More than one-third of SPA students are students of color. CU Denver students come from all 50 states and 67 countries. Additionally, CU Denver is pursuing recognition as a Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian-American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

SPA is one of the few comprehensive schools of public affairs in the Rocky Mountain region. Degrees granted include the Ph.D. in Public Affairs, the Master of Criminal Justice, the Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, the B.A in Criminal Justice, and the B.A. in Public Administration. All programs except the PhD are available fully online, as well as in-person. Accredited by NASPAA, SPA has 28 full-time faculty and is currently ranked #29 in the country by US News and World Report in public management and leadership, and we are ranked in the top 75 programs in the world for public administration by Shanghai Academic rankings. Please visit for details.

Our faculty have been successful in earning external funding for their research. Faculty currently have or have recently had grants from the National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Arnold Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, St. Louis Community Foundation, the Colorado Trust, the Community First Foundation, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and others. SPA faculty routinely attend and present at conferences around the world and are often invited to speak to both academic and practitioner communities on their areas of expertise. SPA faculty are nationally recognized leaders, currently or recently holding positions like major journal editors (Politics and Policy; Social Equity and Public Administration; Crime, Law and Social Change), NAPA members, NASPAA Executive Council, ARNOVA board, and many journal editorial boards.

As Colorado's public urban research university, the University of Colorado Denver educates a diverse student body through quality academics, ambitious research, creative work, and civic engagement in the city we call home. CU Denver graduates gain the powerful combination of immersive classroom and real-world experience that are in demand today. CU Denver offers more than 100 degree programs, from the bachelor's to the doctoral level, in the heart of downtown. Here, more than 15,000 students pursue academic programs that range from global energy management to music industry studies to criminal justice. As part of the state's largest public university system, CU Denver is a major contributor to the Colorado economy, with nearly 2,500 employees and annual economic impact of $800 million. Read CU Denver Quick Facts here:

The university recently completed a 2030 strategic plan that focuses on equity, innovation, and people. We have a thriving faculty support system that includes mentoring, teaching and research support, and an administration dedicated to celebrating diversity and excellence among our faculty and staff.

Our downtown Denver location provides unprecedented access to a diverse urban environment where policy becomes practice. Denver is one of the fastest growing and most economically vibrant cities in America. Denver's mayor, along with many other community leaders, are alums of our School. Our city and state are microcosms for research and teaching in public management, environmental policy, local government, nonprofits, emergency management, public health, and public finance. The city benefits from well- educated, top talent and a new generation of knowledge that fuels the future of Denver and our region.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established at $75,000 - $79,000 for a 9 month academic year contract salary

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at [email protected]​.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community, and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

Minimum Qualifications:
    Candidates must have completed a research Ph.D. in Public Affairs, Public Policy, Public Administration or a closely related field by July 1, 2023. A J.D. degree will not substitute for a Ph.D.

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire

Preferred Qualifications:
    One or more publications in indexed academic journals (may be co-authored) Experience teaching as the instructor of record for at least one course at the undergraduate and/or graduate level

    Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution. Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion.
Special Instructions to Applicants: Applications will be accepted until finalists are identified, but preference will be given to complete applications received by October 15, 2022. Those who do not apply by the deadline may or may not be considered. Questions about the position should be directed to search committee chair, Associate Professor, John Ronquillo - [email protected] Please direct questions about the application process and application materials to SPA Faculty Affairs Administrator, Chris Smith ([email protected]). Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at Refer to requisition number: 27001. PLEASE NOTE: SPA will assist with reasonable travel expenses related to the interview process and may provide a stipend for some relocation expenses, if applicable. Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below Application Materials Instructions: Required Application Materials: To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. List of five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) 4. The #1 goal in the University's new strategic plan is to be the nation's first equity-serving institution. In the letter of interest, applicants should speak to how this goal relates to their research, teaching, and service. Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process. Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 30081 - SPA - OTHER

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Aug 11, 2022

Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Chris Smith Posting Contact Email: [email protected] Position Number: 00765507

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