Assistant Professor

Portland State University

Portland, OR, United States 🇺🇸

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

Portland State University (www.pdx.edu) is a comprehensive public urban university located in one of the most livable cities in the United States. The University is the largest urban public university in Oregon and employs approximately 2500 faculty and academic staff, with an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students. PSU faculty conduct research and engage in community service in their courses and beyond to support a high quality educational environment. A vibrant, urban University, Portland State’s educational approach is exemplified through its motto “Let Knowledge Serve the City.”

The Mark O. Hatfield School of Government is part of The College of Urban and Public Affairs, which includes approximately 89 full-time & research faculty. The College enrolls more than 3,400 students. As of Fall 2016, the College also includes the departments of Economics and International Studies as well as the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning.

Other research and service units within the College include the Center for Public Service, the Nonprofit Institute; the Institute on Aging; the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies; the Center for Urban Studies, the National Policy Consensus Center; the Center for Women’s Leadership; and the Center for Population Research and Census.

The Department of Public Administration has enrolled from 300-400 students in recent years. All of the Department of Public Administration Master’s degree programs are NASPAA accredited; the MPA-HA is also accredited by CAHME. The Department is one of three academic programs in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, which also includes the Departments of Political Science and Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Position Summary

The Department of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University seeks to fill a nine-month tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor for the Fall of 2017. This position seeks candidates whose core expertise is in environmental and natural resource policy and administration with particular expertise in water policy and administration, fish and wildlife policy and administration, forest and public lands policy and administration, energy policy and administration, food and agriculture policy, and environmental health. Candidates should also have the capacity to teach traditional public administration core courses.

Priority will be given to candidates with demonstrated knowledge of environmental and natural resource policy and administrative frameworks generally and who are highly qualified to teach courses in one or more of the following areas: water policy and administration, fish and wildlife policy and administration, forest and public lands policy and administration, energy policy and administration, food and agriculture policy, environmental justice and climate change.

Applicants with expertise in air and water quality, toxics, and/or environmental health are also encouraged to apply, given the growing interest in the interplay between natural resource management and health and the potential for this position to contribute to the Department’s Master of Public Administration – Health Administration degree program.

Primary ActivityI – Instructional
Minimum Qualifications

Earned doctorate in a relevant discipline.

Demonstrated teaching competence in the areas of focus.

Demonstrated history of community engagement and collaboration, with evidence of the ability to generate funding to support research and engagement activities.

Preferred Qualifications

The Department seeks candidates whose core expertise is in environmental and natural resource policy and administration with an emphasis on collaborative governance approaches. The Department enjoys strong and decades-long relationships with regional environmental and natural resource agencies and attracts a sizeable contingent of students each year who are interested in obtaining a natural resource specialization. There is growing demand from students interested in intergovernmental, inter-sectoral (public, nonprofit, special district and private sectors) and tribal collaboration to achieve public goals in an ever more complex, uncertain and demanding context.

Capacity to teach traditional public administration core courses.

Key Cultural Competencies

Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.

Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.

Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.

Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

The starting salary rate will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. A competitive compensation package is offered with excellent benefits, including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.

Annual SalaryCommensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Instructions

Additional Information

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)

Please upload your application including:

– A cover letter addressing your teaching, research and community engagement interests;

– Curriculum vitae; and,

– Three letters of recommendation. As soon as you submit your application, your references will be emailed a link to upload the letter of recommendation.

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle?No
Background Check RequiredYes
Position End Date (if applicable) 
If you have questions

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Jennifer H. Allen, Search Committee Chair, e-mail: [email protected]


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED