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The Department of Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) at the University of Vermont invites applicants for the position of Director of the Master of Public Administration program. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) 9-month, tenure track position at the Associate or Full level, along with 1-month per year summer salary for service as MPA Director (renewable after 3 years, or transferrable after 3 years to another MPA faculty member). CDAE is a transdisciplinary department housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Our nationally accredited MPA program holds a “Best Graduate Schools” distinction in public affairs by the U.S. News & World Report. In fulfillment of its land grant mission, UVM’s MPA Program inspires and equips students to foster a resilient, sustainable society by drawing on the traditions and innovative spirit of Vermont communities.

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2023, but will be accepted until the position is filled. The successful candidate is expected to start in August 2024.

We are especially interested in applicants with demonstrated leadership experience, applied research interests in community resilience and sustainability, and experience working across academic disciplines.

Qualified applicants must be established scholars at the Associate or Full Professor level and possess a Ph.D. in Public Administration, Public Management, Public Governance, or a closely related field at the time of appointment. Demonstrated experience engaging with state/local government, as well as demonstrated leadership experience required.


The MPA Director is responsible for leading and growing the MPA Program over the long term; teaching graduate and undergraduate courses within the domains of public administration, public policy, and community resilience; advising transdisciplinary M.S. and Ph.D. students; and managing the program’s NASPAA reaccreditation process.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the capacity to:

  • Oversee a thriving graduate program within a transdisciplinary department
  • Maintain a high-quality funded research portfolio
  • Publish in appropriate refereed and other journals
  • Teach both core and elective courses in a variety of formats
  • Advise transdisciplinary M.S. and Ph.D. students
  • Collaborate effectively with diverse groups of colleagues, students, and community partners
  • Embrace principles of inclusion, accessibility, and equity in teaching, research, and collaboration
  • Build partnerships that enhance student engagement opportunities
  • Develop innovative program strategies that align with university guidelines and emerging trends and opportunities
  • Provide service at the departmental, college, and university levels

About Us
The CDAE Department is home to over 400 undergraduate majors and 85 graduate students. Our students, faculty, and staff are known for cutting-edge research and practice with local, national, and global impact. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work across the department, college and university and interact with several Centers and Institutes, including the Food Systems Research Center, Center for Rural Studies, Center for Rural Partnerships, and the Gund Institute for the Environment.

The University of Vermont is an educationally purposeful community seeking to prepare students to live in a diverse and changing world. We who work, live, study, teach, do research, conduct business, or participate in the University of Vermont are members of this community. As members, we believe in the transforming power of education and agree to help create and foster an environment where we can discover and reach our true potential.

Members of the University of Vermont community embrace and advance the values of Our Common Ground: Openness, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Innovation, and Justice. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the ideals of accessibility, inclusiveness, and academic excellence as reflected in the tenets of Our Common Ground. To learn more about Our Common Ground please visit:

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law.

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Applications must be submitted online at to Position # 017261. Applicants must provide:
  1. Cover letter specifically addressing the candidate’s interest and experience working in Public Administration, Public Management, Public Governance, or a closely related field, including leadership experience and community engagement.
  2. Academic C.V. including teaching, publications, internal and external funding, and service activities.
  3. One-page diversity statement that discusses skills, experiences, and commitment to: teaching and mentoring diverse and historically underserved student populations; professional service that assists in achieving equity, inclusion, and diversity; and ways in which past or future activities address fundamental questions important to an increasingly diverse society.
  4. Names and (e-mail) addresses of at least three references who may be contacted after the initial application review. The names of the references must be entered into the UVMJobs application portal, and the reference letters will be collected upon request and managed via that system.

Applications without each of these components will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; for full consideration applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all materials by December 1, 2023. Salary will be made at a level appropriate to the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience. For further information about this position, please contact: Travis W. Reynolds, Search Committee Chair: or Dr. Asim Zia, Interim CDAE Chair:

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