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Professor of Professional Practice in Global Policy

Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) brings together an interdisciplinary faculty to conduct research in policy-related fields and train graduate students for careers in global public policy.

SIPA now invites applications for a full-time appointment as Professor of Professional Practice to launch and run a new graduate degree for senior leaders in global policy and management. The position is expected to begin July 1, 2022, or as soon as possible.

The Professor of Professional Practice will serve as founding Director of the Master’s in Public Administration in Global Leadership, an intensive 10-month degree designed to prepare senior leaders from around the world to make an even greater impact in their fields (brief description included below). The Director will serve as the academic leader of the program, recruiting instructors and guest lecturers for courses, seminars and workshops and overseeing academic advising of students. The Director will be expected to teach three courses per year in the program (organizing and overseeing the Summer session counts as one course). Working with a full-time Program Manager/Assistant Director and other SIPA professional staff, the Director will oversee student recruitment and admissions, build strategic partnerships, and build and nurture a strong alumni community. The new degree, which has been approved by Columbia University and the New York State Education Department, will enroll its first students in August 2023.

The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of SIPA’s academic community. Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.


MPA in Global Leadership

Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) is launching a new graduate degree for senior leaders from around the world in global policy and management. The new Master of Public Administration in Global Leadership, which has been approved by Columbia University and the New York State Education Department, will enroll its first class in August 2023.

The 10-month program is designed for leaders with preferably 10 – 15 years of progressively senior experience who seek to deepen their knowledge of specific global policy issues, strengthen their analytical skills and leadership capabilities, and expand their professional networks.

Students will design their own course of study, drawing on SIPA’s special strengths, which include international finance and economic policy, sustainable development, international security, urban and social policy, energy and environment, and human rights. Students will have access to nearly 300 courses offered each year at SIPA, in addition to selected courses in schools across Columbia University.

The 10-month program will begin in August with a specially designed seminar series including private sessions with global leaders and experts pursuing solutions to the world’s most challenging problems – from climate change and global pandemics to the US-China rivalry, rising nationalism and a fragmenting international economic order. The summer session also will include cohort-building activities enlivened by the unparalleled richness of New York City’s cultural and global civic life.

In addition to individually curated courses of study in the fall and spring semesters, students will participate in a special, two-semester integrative seminar on global policy leadership, in which each student will develop and present an action-oriented project addressing a global policy issue.

The proposed degree should be particularly attractive to individuals who not only want to study at SIPA, the leading global policy school [1], but also take advantage of the unparalleled co-curricular and networking opportunities of New York City. The program would seek to enroll 50 – 65 students per year at steady state and recruit a diverse student body – approximately half international and half US — and will strive to enroll a significant proportion of women and underrepresented minorities.

[1] SIPA ranked #1 by US News and World Report in Global & International Policy and Administration (2018, 2019, 2020)



Candidates must have at least 10 years’ experience in senior positions and be widely recognized for their distinction in a global policy field related to SIPA’s areas of excellence. Candidates also must be willing and able to continue to make significant contributions in their field of practice and knowledge. Preferred candidates will hold a graduate degree (PhD or equivalent preferred) and possess university-level teaching experience or show strong promise to succeed as an instructor in a demanding academic environment. Preferred candidates should also show strong promise to succeed as the founding Director of an important new degree program.

Application Instructions

Screening of applicants will begin on November 10.

For further information, please contact Hazel May, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at [email protected].

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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