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Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy

The University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy invites applications from candidates with extensive experience in diplomacy or closely related aspects of foreign policy or international affairs for a position of Professor of Practice in International Diplomacy. We welcome applications from candidates with practical expertise in areas including but not limited to international security; trade, finance and development; human rights; the environment; or specific countries or regions. Successful candidates must demonstrate professional excellence and leadership in diplomacy or a closely related field, normally through distinguished service in senior-level positions over an extended period of time. Successful candidates also must exhibit a commitment to public policy education as a means to develop leaders in international affairs and the interest and ability to teach policy students, mentor and advise them on professional issues, and engage with academic researchers effectively. The Professor of Practice will participate actively in the governance of the Ford School, including through service on relevant faculty committees.

This position will entail an initial three-year appointment, renewable for one or more five-year terms. The position will begin as early as January 1, 2019.


A graduate degree in a field related to international affairs is preferred, and a minimum of 10 years of experience in diplomacy or closely related fields is required.

Application Instructions

We will give first consideration to applications received by October 15, 2018 but will consider applications until the position is filled. Candidates should upload the following materials on Interfolio: a detailed curriculum vitae; a personal statement outlining relevant professional experience, interest in the position, and career goals; a list of five people whom we may contact for references; and a statement describing how the candidate’s work would contribute to the Ford School’s and University of Michigan’s strategic commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion ( We also encourage applicants to submit up to three written works that demonstrate policy analysis, as well as sample teaching materials and student evaluations from courses the applicant has taught (if applicable).