Virginia Commonwealth University, Multiple Faculty Positions, review of applications begins immediately

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Reference: JOB36708
Application deadline: CLOSED

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is continuing its growth with multiple anticipated faculty hires. This follows the successful recruitment of sixteen new colleagues in the past three years. As part of this announcement we are inviting applications and letters of interest for the following positions to begin in Fall 2014 or soon thereafter.

Applicants must indicate the position(s) for which they are applying. All applications should be submitted via email and should include a cover-letter and a detailed CV with the names and contact information of three references, one example of scholarship, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. This material should be sent to Ms. Tina Braden at

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled. For information about the Wilder School please visit our website at Faculty members listed against the positions can be contacted with questions, however, all applications must be sent electronically to Tina Braden.

(1) Director, Center for Public Policy (Associate/Full Professor). The Center for Public Policy is the research and consulting arm of the Wilder School. We are searching for new leadership in the center. Our preference is for a senior scholar with a strong funded research portfolio who will also be interested in working with colleagues to enhance the research enterprise in the Wilder School. We are open to any specialization within the fields that make up the Wilder School. Contact: Sarah Jane Brubaker (

(2) Public Administration (Associate/Full Professor to serve as Chair of the MPA Program)
The Wilder School has ambitious plans for its standing among Public Affairs Schools and the new Chair will play an important part in realizing these ambitions. We are looking for a colleague with academic administrative experience and the energy and enthusiasm to move the Public Administration program to the next stage of its evolution. The Chair is expected to teach in the MPA program core with a reduced course load. A strong record of research and scholarship in government or non-profits or another field closely related to public administration and strong ties with public administration and/or public policy professional associations preferred. Contact: Susan Gooden (

(3) Public Policy (Assistant Professor preferred)
Social policy, health, education, urban policy and crime and safety are particular areas of interest. Teaching in the PhD program and at least one other program in the Wilder School is required. Training in economics is highly desired, and we welcome colleagues whose work shows promise for externally funded research. Contact: Carl Ameringer (

(4) Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (Assistant Professor)
A Ph.D. in the social sciences, urban planning, public policy or related field. Desired area of specialty is emergency preparedness, emergency management, hazard mitigation, citizen or organization resiliency. Alternative areas of specialty include cyber-security and intelligence. Contact: Will Pelfrey (

(5) Urban and Regional Studies and Planning (Assistant or Associate Professor)
Desired specialization in housing and community development planning, including research and teaching experience addressing racial and ethnic diversity and/or social justice issues in planning. The ideal candidate will be able to teach analytical methods courses as well as connect his or her scholarship to planning practice.
Contact: Damian Pitt (

For all tenure-track positions, a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in the respective or related field is required by the time of hiring. These applicants must have excellence in scholarship and the potential for high quality teaching and mentoring. Tenure-track Assistant Professor applicants will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the School. Senior colleagues at the Associate/Professor level will be required to have a well developed scholarly/research portfolio with evidence of multi-disciplinary applications and external funding appropriate to complement and expand existing expertise in the School. For all positions demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU is required. For additional information, please visit:

The Wilder School

Recently made into a stand-alone school under the VCU Provost, the Wilder School is committed to providing a research rich environment for our faculty. Research interests in the Wilder School include sustainable urban development, geospatial planning and technological applications, state and local government, social equity, gender, health policy, policing, corrections, crime prevention, comparative international development, political institutions and security studies. Exceptionally strong senior scholars who want to join us in moving the Wilder School forward are invited to contact Dr. Sarah Jane Brubaker (, Associate Dean and Chair of the Search Committee, or Dr. Niraj Verma, Dean of the Wilder School (

Altogether the Wilder School has over 1500 students and an alumni base of over 11,000. Our research and consulting is done within the Center for Public Policy in constituent units that include Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute, Performance Management Group, Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory, and the Center for Urban Development. Together, the School’s research and contract volume exceeds $6 million annually.

Named after the Honorable L. Douglas Wilder, former Governor of Virginia and the first elected African-American Governor in the United States and now a Distinguished Professor in the School, the Wilder School is and wants to be a School where competing perspectives thrive and where a common interest in public service and the betterment of society knits these perspectives together. Richmond, the capital of Virginia, provides extraordinary opportunities for those interested in governance in all its meanings, including the study of government at local and state levels. Washington, D.C., which is a two hour drive away, provides additional national and international opportunities for our students and faculty.

Virginia Commonwealth University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.