Job Posting: TT Assistant Professor Position at Syracuse University

The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs seeks to hire a TENURE TRACK Assistant or TENURED Associate Professor whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of public organizations and democratic institutions. This position starts in fall 2021 and is part of a broader Syracuse University Cluster Hires Initiative. The Citizenship and Democratic Institutions (CDI) Cluster draws together a diverse group of scholars who address critical issues related to the contested meanings of citizenship, civic engagement, public management, and the impacts of democratic institutions on social and economic well-being. The successful candidate will help shape future, multi-disciplinary hiring in the CDI Cluster, and lead and contribute to externally funded projects and interdisciplinary research initiatives within the Maxwell School and across the University.

As part of this effort, we seek an engaging and entrepreneurial scholar who asks important questions and thinks creatively about the challenges and opportunities for public organizations and democratic institutions in the 21st century. We welcome applicants from public administration, sociology, political science, international relations, and related disciplines. We also are open to myriad foci, methods, and issues in domestic, international, and comparative contexts. As examples, applicants might study issues such as: social equity and social justice; building, managing, and leading diverse public organizations; public values, policy conflicts, and ethics; network, collaborative, or participatory governance; organizational behavior, service delivery, and public governance / public management; citizen-state interactions and administrative burden; accountability, responsiveness, and performance; transparency and open government; democratic consolidation and institutional resilience; threats to democratic institutions; or public administration in autocratic versus democratic settings.

To support their work, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to affiliate with one or more of Maxwell’s eleven Centers, Institutes, and Multidisciplinary Research Initiatives, which help concentrate Maxwell’s distinctive interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary public and policy issues. In addition to maintaining an active research agenda, the successful candidate is expected to have the knowledge and skills to teach core public management / administration courses in our professional Master of Public Administration program. The successful candidate’s teaching may also support our Master of Arts in International Relations program, Executive Education programs, doctoral program in Public Administration, and/or undergraduate courses across the Maxwell School. Finally, the successful candidate will be prepared to help advance Syracuse University and the Maxwell School’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work with students, colleagues, and wider communities.

About the Maxwell School:

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is the top-ranked program in the Public Affairs category of the 2020 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. Maxwell is also highly ranked in many specialty areas and has a top-ranked program in International Affairs. Maxwell is unique among schools of public affairs in that it is home to all of the social science disciplines at Syracuse University, and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Anthropology, Economics, Geography and the Environment, History, Political Science, and Sociology. Maxwell is also home to interdisciplinary graduate programs in Social Science, and Public Diplomacy and Global Communications, as well as interdisciplinary undergraduate programs in: Citizenship and Civic Engagement; Environment, Sustainability, and Policy; International Relations; and Policy Studies.

Application Instructions:

For consideration, candidates must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references, and complete an online faculty demographic summary (available at All applications received by January 31, 2021 will receive full consideration. The application period will remain open until the position is filled.

Syracuse University is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. The Maxwell School has a dedicated Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion who works with the entire Maxwell community to support faculty and students of color, a Faculty of Color group, and several affinity groups. Syracuse University is an EO/AA employer and particularly encourages applications from women and minority candidates.

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