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Professor of the Practice, Democratic Policymaking

The University of Denver is pleased to announce an open-rank search for a half-time Professor of the Practice in the Douglas and Mary Scrivner Institute of Public Policy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. The position offers an extraordinary opportunity for an experienced policy practitioner to contribute to a robust public policy curriculum, research program, and set of dialogues, and help build the Institute’s engagement, impact, and visibility locally, nationally, and internationally.

Position Summary

We seek to hire a half-time expert practitioner in the area of democratic policy-making processes. Priority areas of desirable experience include, but are not limited to, budgeting, legislative processes, lobbying, public administration, regulatory formulation and implementation, policy maker-media relations, cultivating public trust in institutions, and/or the role of expertise in policy making.

We seek candidates with broad expertise and competence in public policy. We anticipate that successful candidates will teach three courses per year, the equivalent of a half-time faculty position. The search is multidisciplinary and we welcome candidates trained in the fields of public policy, economics, law, political science, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, geography, and adjacent social science fields. Candidates with prior teaching experience and a record of publishing, as well as expertise in building programs of civic engagement and discourse, are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Scrivner Institute is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially and otherwise diverse populations. The position will begin on September 1, 2021. The appointment will be for a 3-year-term, renewable by mutual consent for another term according to Korbel School and University of Denver Appointment, Tenure, and Promotion guidelines.

The University of Denver is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, with approximately 11,700 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. The Scrivner Institute of Public Policy at the University of Denver was made possible by a generous gift from Douglas and Mary Scrivner in 2018. The Institute is housed within the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, a top-ranked international affairs program with a range of both graduate and undergraduate degrees and a dynamic research profile that prepares students for careers in the public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors. Its programs provide students with the knowledge, skills, and networks to design policies, implement programs, and realize outcomes that enhance human capabilities at different levels of governance around the world. By relaunching the University’s public policy program that has existed since the mid-1980s, the Scrivner Institute and the Korbel School together are creating an innovative, local-to-global public policy enterprise that trains students to meet 21st-century challenges in both domestic and international spheres. Supporting path-breaking, multidisciplinary research and local, national, and international policy engagement are critical components of the Institute’s vision.

The Scrivner Institute of Public Policy is strongly aligned with the University of Denver’s strategic plan, DU Impact 2025 and is committed to the student experience, experiential learning, and serving the public good. It offers an undergraduate major in public policy and a Master of Public Policy degree, both of which have great potential to grow in innovative programming and enrollment.

We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 5-10 years of experience as a policy practitioner, at the local, state, or federal level in the United States.
  • Ability to teach core public policy courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels (e.g., Introduction to Policy Analysis, Politics and the Policy-Making Processes) as well as offer specialized courses focused on the candidate’s expertise in policy processes.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher.
  • More than 10 years of experience as a policy practitioner, at the local, state, or federal level in the United States.
  • Successful teaching experience.
  • Track record in research and publication.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by April 16, 2021. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Interviews for selected shortlist candidates will begin early May

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