Assistant Professor

Portland State University

Portland, OR, US

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 2018. 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.

The tenure home for this position is in the Department of Public Administration. The person hired for this position will be expected to contribute to public administration core courses and to the specialization in environmental and natural resource policy and administration in the Master of Public Administration. The hired faculty member will also teach within the Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program and potentially the Public Affairs and Policy (PAP) doctoral program. 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, public lands policy and administration, energy policy and administration, food and agriculture policy, environmental justice and climate change. Candidates with experience and expertise in environmental and natural resource advocacy will be particularly well suited to contribute to the MPP program. (See for more information about the MPP program. See for more information about the PAP program.)

The Department is seeking broadly trained candidates who are committed to the Hatfield School’s unique mission and values that focus on co-producing the public good with organizational partners in the nonprofit, civil society, for profit and multi-jurisdictional public sectors (see The search will consider how candidates can contribute to the unique mission of the department with particular focus on the MPA, MPP and PAP programs; other programs that the candidate may support include the Executive MPA, a growing undergraduate civic leadership minor and a new undergraduate major in Urban and Public Affairs; and graduate certificates in Energy Policy and Management, Sustainable Food Systems, Nonprofit and Public Management, and Collaborative Governance. Applicants who have strong substantive areas of expertise that are relevant to these programs should emphasize them in their letter of application.

Candidates must meet the following 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.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the Department’s academic programs, advise students, participate in departmental, College, and institutional governance, and engage with community organizations in collaborative research, consultation and service activities. More information on the Department’s activities is available at