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Assistant Professor/Public Policy and Management - School of Public Policy

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: School of Public Policy
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Description

SPP invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the level of Assistant Professor, expected to start on September 1, 2023. The successful candidate will contribute to SPP’s growing programs and community of programs, students, staff and faculty by building our interdisciplinary and community-engaged research and teaching agenda. Areas of interest for the search include public and nonprofit management; state and/or local government; policy or management approaches to inequality; climate, energy, and/or environmental justice policy or management; social enterprises and new organizational forms for the public good; comparative and/or international policy or management; public and nonprofit budgeting and/or finance. Competitive candidates’ research will reflect an intersectional approach including but not limited to race, gender, sexuality, and migration. Candidates should be able to teach required courses in the undergraduate and master’s programs and contribute specialized courses in their areas of expertise.

The School of Public Policy's work is constructed on the principles of democracy, social justice and equity, respect for human rights, and sustainability. We are a dynamic, interdisciplinary knowledge hub of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and community partners, all of whom examine issues, ranging from the local to the global, through innovative social science methods. We emphasize real-world impact as we strive to understand, manage, and develop policy solutions.

With 13 full-time faculty and 10 jointly appointed faculty from across campus, SPP celebrates multidisciplinarity in its research and teaching. It was named to be among the most innovative public service programs in the United States by the independent group Best Value Schools and received the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration's inaugural Social Equity Award in recognition of its commitment to teaching, research, and service aimed at advancing social justice and social change. It offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees and an alumni network spanning public, nonprofit and private sectors.


Minimum Requirements

Successful candidates will exhibit promise in scholarly publishing, a commitment to public policy and management education, and a willingness to contribute to the growth of the School of Public Policy. Applicants must have earned a PhD in Public Policy, Public Administration, or a closely related social science discipline, by the starting date of the appointment.


Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following materials:

  1. A letter of interest addressed to Professor Jane Fountain, Director, School of Public Policy, Thompson Hall, 200 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003 USA
  2. A diversity statement (see below)
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. Up to three samples of written work
  5. Evidence of quality teaching (such as summaries of teaching evaluations and/or a teaching statement)
  6. Names and contact information for three (3) professional references

The one-page diversity statement should discuss the candidate’s 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, how the candidate’s past or future research and teaching addresses fundamental questions important to an increasingly diverse and global society.

Applicants are required to apply through the UMass online application system. Any questions about the position may be sent to: SPP Faculty Search Committee, School of Public Policy at

Please apply by September 22, 2022, to ensure priority consideration. The search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified, or the position is filled.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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