Assistant Professor – Public Administration



Job description

College of Arts and Sciences Admin – 32000 College

Public & International Affairs – 32421

Vacancy Number: 16F-466

Position Number: 1310

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Department of Public and International Affairs (PIA) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) invites applications for a position as a nine-month tenure-track assistant professor to play a role in our Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program and our new online Executive MPA program, starting August 2023. The position requires an active research program and carries a 3-3 teaching load. The candidate will teach primarily in the Master of Public Administration program but may occasionally contribute to PIA’s other graduate and undergraduate programs.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Qualified to teach one core class in the MPA Program and contribute to the concentrations in Public Management or Nonprofit Management
  • Ability to deliver course material both face-to-face and asynchronously online
  • Possess doctorate in Public Administration, Public Affairs, Public Policy, or a closely related field is required
  • ABD candidates will be considered; however, if PhD is not awarded prior to start date, initial appointment will be at the rank of Lecturer and Ph.D. must be obtained within the first year of employment

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Preference will be given to candidates:

  • Qualified to teach more than one of the core MPA courses and/or contribute to one of the MPA concentrations in Public Management or Nonprofit Management.
  • Experience with publishing and presenting research.
  • Prior professional experience in the public, private or nonprofit sector.
  • Prior teaching experience with both face-to-face and asynchronous online courses
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for all students, along with an interest in promoting diversity in their research, teaching, and service.

Required Certifications or Licensure


Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Public & International Affairs is comprised of 16 faculty and is home to a B.A. in Political Science and a series of professional masters programs – Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program, Executive MPA Program (online), a dual M.S. in Environmental Science/MPA Degree, M.S. in Coastal and Ocean Policy (MCOP), and a M.A. and graduate certificate in Conflict Management and Resolution. Additional information about the PIA department and the MPA program can be found at, and

College/School Information

The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit and awards approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts and sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.

In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

How to apply

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Special Notes to Applicants

Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59PM EST on November 7, 2022, the posting closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application that responds to the required and desired qualifications listed above, addressed to Dr. Mark Imperial, MPA Search Committee Chair.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement
  • Teaching Statement
  • List of 3 Professional references
  • If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.

Please note that a minimum of three references are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process.

Letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

For questions about the position, contact the Search Chair, Dr. Mark Imperial at [email protected] or 910-962-7928. For questions about the online application process, contact Conswalia Green at [email protected] or 910-962-3220.

Position Type: Permanent

Job Close Date

UNC Wilmington is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.