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Assistant Professor of Public Leadership and Governance

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SOG Sch of Government - 375100

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Open Until Filled:


Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Assistant Professor of Public Leadership and Governance

Appointment Type:

Tenured/Tenure Track

Vacancy ID:



Full-Time Permanent

Hours per week:




Position Location:

North Carolina, US

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

As the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government offers more than 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year. Established as the Institute of Government in 1931, the School of Government’s mission is to improve the lives of North Carolinians by engaging in practical scholarship that helps public officials understand and improve state and local government.

The School offers a nationally ranked Master of Public Administration program – on campus and online – to prepare public service leaders. The School is also home to entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives that research, advise, and train in areas including public leadership, judicial education, technology, environmental finance, and development finance, among others.

Position Summary:

The School of Government seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member in public leadership and governance. This faculty member will work with local and state government officials in North Carolina to teach, research, write, and advise on issues related to public leadership and governance. Teaching responsibilities will include designing and delivering leadership development courses for local elected leaders. Examples of engaged scholarship could include advising government agencies to help strengthen their employee engagement and retention efforts and conducting research to build local governments’ capacity to be agile and responsive amid a changing landscape of community and employee expectations. The successful candidate will be well-versed in leadership and organization development concepts within the public sector context, with a particular focus on the complex challenges facing local elected leaders.

This faculty member will be part of the School’s Management, Administration, and Leadership division, and the position’s primary responsibilities will be within the School’s Center for Public Leadership and Governance (CPLG). Founded in 2017 to inspire, empower, and connect thoughtful, engaged public leaders to successfully navigate today’s governing challenges, CPLG ( now reaches over 2000 public officials across the state annually via dozens of distinct course offerings and many customized consultations with individual jurisdictions. CPLG seeks to expand our programming and engaged scholarship to reach the full diversity of NC’s public leaders with practical, results-oriented education, publications, and support. The audience of adult learners includes public professional staff as well as local and state elected officials.

The faculty member will also have the opportunity to teach a course in the School’s highly ranked MPA program ( and contribute scholarship to the academic discipline of public leadership.

Work is centered in Chapel Hill but requires occasional travel and consultation around the state. Faculty appointments are year-round, rather than for the nine-month academic year (

The School of Government recognizes the importance of an educational and work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued. To that end, we are strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce, and we encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. For more information about the School’s commitment to diversity, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page (

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Doctorate in organizational behavior, leadership studies, organizational change and development, public administration, or a closely related field in the social and behavioral sciences.

A record of, or demonstrated potential for, practically focused and engaged teaching, advising, research, and writing aimed at developing the leadership skills of local elected officials and public service professional staff; ability to work effectively with diverse audiences; and a commitment to public service are required.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

Experience successfully diagnosing needs, developing relevant programming, and delivering in-person and online education for adult learners in a collaborative environment is highly desirable. Experience in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in public service is a plus.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.

Special Instructions:

Please submit the following documents with your application:
1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. Writing Sample

The position will remain open until filled, but initial review of application will begin on October 17, 2022. The expected start date is January 2023, which is negotiable depending on the needs of the selected candidate.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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