Assistant Professor of Political Science, Public Policy

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

Job posting number: #7124127 (Ref:if106081)

Posted: February 10, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The University of Oklahoma invites applications for a tenure-track position in public policy at the assistant professor level beginning in August 2023. We seek candidates who focus on sub-national policy, broadly defined. We are open to candidates studying any sub-national unit of government, including tribal nations, state governments, school districts, or city or county governments, among other sub-national governing entities. We are also open in terms of theoretical orientations and empirical approaches, although we consider an ideal candidate able to contribute to our graduate methods offerings. We encourage applicants from all substantive policy areas, but preference will be given to candidates with expertise in social policy, broadly defined (e.g., healthcare, education, housing, food security, welfare, family policy, disability, among others). We prefer candidates with a research agenda demonstrating the potential for external funding. The selected candidate will teach core public policy courses in our NASPAA-accredited MPA program and contribute to the department’s course offerings in public policy and research methods at the undergraduate and PhD levels. The standard teaching load is 2-2.

This position is within the Department of Political Science, a large department with two undergraduate majors (Political Science and Public & Nonprofit Administration), multiple minors, two master’s degree programs (Public Administration & Political Science), and a doctoral program. The department is housed within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. The University of Oklahoma is the flagship research institution for the state of Oklahoma, enrolling over 30,000 students, located in Norman, OK, a vibrant college town just 20 miles south of Oklahoma City

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in political science, public policy, or a related field at the time the position begins in August 2023, be able to teach core public policy courses in the MPA curriculum and have the potential to contribute to the department’s course offerings in public policy and research methods at the undergraduate and PhD levels. Preference will be given to applicants with substantive focus in social policy, broadly defined, and whose research agenda shows potential for external funding and for publication in high-quality, peer-reviewed outlets. The teaching load for this position is two courses per semester.

Applications should be submitted online via Interfolio at

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, unofficial graduate transcript(s) (official transcript will be required for finalists), writing sample, and contact information for three references. Three letters of recommendation will be required for candidates who progress past the first screening.

Review of applications will begin March 1 and continue until the position is filled. Any questions can be emailed to the search committee chair, Dr. Deven Carlson, at [email protected]

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