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Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

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The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia seeks to fill a tenure-track, Assistant Professor faculty position in public policy and economics with interests in applied microeconomics starting in Fall 2024. We invite applications from candidates who have earned their doctorate in economics, public policy (economics track), or a closely related field. We are interested in candidates with research relevant to the leading domestic (U.S.) policy challenges, including the social safety net (social insurance and social protection programs), inequality, discrimination, crime/criminal justice, media and democracy, and immigration. Fields of interest include but are not limited to: education, environmental, health, labor, and public economics. We welcome applications from candidates who expect to earn their PhD by August 2024, as well as from advanced assistant professors.  


The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to produce highly influential scholarship. The successful candidate must have the desire and ability to effectively teach courses on economics, research methods, public policy, and/or leadership at the undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MPP) levels, and a desire and ability to contribute to the Batten mission through service and public outreach and engagement. The successful candidate will be committed to advancing the mission of the University of Virginia. 

 While the primary appointment is in the Batten School, a joint/courtesy appointment could be possible in the Economics department depending on the candidate’s interests and qualifications. The Batten School is a dynamic cross-disciplinary school offering highly competitive teaching loads, salaries, and research support. The Batten School is committed to faculty growth, undertaking multiple searches this year. 


Built upon the strong foundation of one of the nation’s top public universities, the Batten School combines rigorous training in policy analysis with a unique emphasis on the acquisition of leadership skills. The research faculty includes psychologists, economists, and political scientists, and is enriched by professors of practice who bring real-world policymaking expertise to the classroom. The Batten School currently offers an MPP degree and an undergraduate major and minor in public policy and leadership, as well as multiple dual degree programs with other UVA units. 


The University’s Mission Statement affirms its enduring commitment to a vibrant and unique residential learning environment marked by the free and collegial exchange of ideas; unwavering support of a collaborative, diverse community bound together by distinctive foundational values of honor, integrity, trust, and respect; and universal dedication to excellence and affordable access.  


The candidate should have a PhD, or be on track to attaining the PhD, by August 1, 2024. Applications must be received by November 15th, 2023, to receive full consideration, after which applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 


Application Instructions

Please apply through Interfolio.


Applicants must complete the online application and submit the following required materials: 

A cover letter 


Three letters of recommendation 

A writing sample 

A research statement 

A teaching statement 

Statement of the candidate’s relevant experiences that can advance the UVA’s mission* 


The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy. 


* As part of your application, please describe in a separate statement your potential contributions to any aspect of the UVA mission: 

enduring commitment to a vibrant and unique residential learning environment marked by the free and collegial exchange of ideas 

unwavering support of a collaborative, diverse community bound together by distinctive foundational values of honor, integrity, trust, and respect 

universal dedication to excellence and affordable access.  

Please focus upon your work skills and experience. In doing so, you may choose to refer to your personal perspective, but the focus of our consideration is on your potential contributions through skills and experience, rather than personal opinions or beliefs. 


For questions about the application process, please contact Jennett Murphy, Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs  





In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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