Job Opening Description

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Assistant Professor, Race and Social Justice

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty position at the assistant professor level in the area of race and social justice in public policy. The position will begin in August 2022. We advance this hiring opportunity cognizant that policy, structures, and institutions are appropriately implicated in contributing to racial disparities and also acknowledging that anti-racist and social justice-focused policy tools, processes, and analytical approaches are also central to addressing them. We seek a new colleague to work with us in generating new knowledge, disseminating new approaches, collaborating with new partners outside of academia, and advocating for change. GSPIA advances this hiring opportunity as part of a broader multi-year University of Pittsburgh Race and Social Determinants Cluster Hire Initiative, which seeks to hire at least 50 new faculty over the next four years.

We are eager to engage with candidates whose research addresses any topical area aligned with race and social justice in public policy. Examples include, but are not limited to, policing and criminal justice, education, food security, housing, health, and environmental justice. We are open as well to scale of research, including population, community, institutional, and regional (domestic, international). We invite candidates using intersectional and engaged approaches to research, teaching, and/or service, along with those whose work is explicitly framed within the social determinants of equity and well-being. Qualified applicants include those who currently hold or will hold a PhD at the time of appointment, including but not limited to those with degrees in public affairs, public policy, urban and regional planning, international affairs, political science, economics, sociology, and anthropology. As a new member of the GSPIA faculty community, the faculty member will have the opportunity to contribute to curricula in any of our degree programs: Master of International Development, Master of Public Administration, Master of Public and International Affairs, Master of Public Policy and Management, and PhD in Public and International Affairs. The faculty member will also have opportunities to align with key concentration areas including shaping the recently created social policy major, as well as public and nonprofit management, human security, policy research and analysis, urban affairs and planning, and more.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Search Committee Chair, Professor Daniel Jones ([email protected]), and/or Dean Carissa Slotterback ([email protected]) to discuss the position.

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary professional school, focused on training future practitioners for careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in the areas of public policy, international development, intelligence and security, nonprofit management, urban planning, energy and environmental policy and more. GSPIA is ranked in the top 15% among schools of public affairs. GSPIA is home to a number of research centers that serve as points of outreach and intersection for faculty within our school, at Pitt, and externally. GSPIA faculty are connected broadly with colleagues and schools at the University of Pittsburgh, including via the University Center for Social and Urban Research, PittCyber, University Center for International Studies, and more. GSPIA’s Washington DC Center offers scholarly and engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni.

GSPIA’s students, staff, and faculty are committed to making significant contributions to society through public service. We are committed to helping realize the vision of a more equitable and inclusive society. We embrace the diversity of experience of all members of our community, including those arising from differences of race, gender and gender identity, ethnicity, abilities/disabilities, age, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, socioeconomic status, geographic region, migrant/immigrant/refugee status, and veteran status. Our goal is a diverse, cosmopolitan community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to advancing this goal. Applicants are encouraged to address these issues in their application materials.

The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 21.

Qualified applicants should submit the following: 1) A letter of application of 1-2 pages describing research and teaching interests and experience. The letter must describe experience with and/or plans to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, and service. 2) A current curriculum vitae 3) A sample of scholarly writing 4) Three letters of reference Letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to Kaytlynn Pierra at [email protected]

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets

Please submit all application materials via Pitt TalentCenter. Three letters of recommendation must be sent to Kaytlynn Pierra at [email protected]

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