Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Virginia Commonwealth University has 12 (count 'em) tenure-track positions open in public affairs

Faculty Sought at VCU

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government & Public Affairs TWELVE TENURE-TRACK FACULTY POSITIONS After last year’s successful recruitment, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is continuing its growth with up to twelve anticipated tenure-track positions in the coming two years. As part of this announcement we are inviting applications and letters of interest for the following positions to begin in Fall semester 2012, contingent upon funding.

Applicants must indicate to which position(s) they are applying. All applications should be submitted via email and should include a cover-letter and a detailed CV including names of three references, one sample of scholarship, and evidence of teaching effectiveness to Ms. Tina Braden at tbraden@vcu.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until positions are filled. For full consideration for this year’s recruitment we encourage applications by December 1, 2011. References will not be contacted without checking with the candidates. For information about the Wilder School please visit our website at www.pubapps.vcu.edu/gov/. For specific information on these positions please contact the respective faculty member listed below.

(1) Criminal Justice (multiple positions)

Desired specializations include crime theory, corrections, criminal law and procedure, policing, crime prevention, or comparative issues. Teaching core requirements in the graduate and undergraduate programs is expected. Contact: Jay Albanese (jsalbane@vcu.edu)

(2) Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (multiple positions)

A background in psychology of terrorism, asymmetric threats, emergency management, disaster preparedness and mitigation, response coordination, security technology, and terrorism prevention is preferred. Contact: Will Pelfrey (wvpelfrey@vcu.edu) (3) Political Science

Research and teaching in one of three areas: (a) American political institutions with a research focus on state, local, urban, city politics, and/or intergovernmental relations is desired as is an interest in African-American or Latino politics, (b) American political parties/elections and/or political behavior, (c) International development, particularly with a research focus on African politics. Contact: Judy Twigg (jtwigg@vcu.edu)

(4) Public Administration

Research and teaching interests desired in one or more core areas, such as public finance and budgeting, organizational theory, or public policy analysis. Specialization in non-profit management, social equity, state and local government, or privatization and the new governance is preferred. Contact: Susan Gooden (stgooden@vcu.edu)

(5) Public Policy (multiple positions)

Social policy, health policy, and urban policy are particular areas of interest. Teaching in the PhD program and in one other program in the Wilder School is required. We particularly welcome colleagues whose work shows promise for externally funded research and who enjoy mentoring and supporting PhD students. Contact: John Accordino (jaccordi@vcu.edu)

(6) Sociology

Current faculty expertise is in the sociology of gender, health, demography, organization, methodology and population studies. Policy areas of particular interest include: family, immigration, poverty, economy, and health care. Teaching interest in the undergraduate and master's programs in sociology and in the PhD in public policy is desired. Contact: Sarah Jane Brubaker (sbrubaker@vcu.edu) For all positions a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in the respective or related field is required by the time of hiring as is the potential for high quality scholarship and teaching. While most of the positions will likely be filled at the Assistant Professor level we will also consider senior scholars with a distinguished record of research, teaching, and service. Applicants with documented ability to secure external research funding will be preferred. Junior faculty must have the potential for external funding and a strong research agenda. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU, is required. Faculty research interests in the Wilder School include sustainable urban development, geospatial planning and technological applications, state and local government, social equity, gender, health policy, policing, corrections, crime prevention, comparative international development, political institutions, security studies, and the study of disasters and genocide. We are currently part of the College of Humanities and Sciences, the largest College at VCU. Planning is underway to give the Wilder School free-standing status as one of the Colleges and Schools at VCU under our Provost. For Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and Public Policy we are keen to increase our programmatic research strength and welcome interest from research groups who might want to explore the possibility of joining us. Under VCU’s new President and under new leadership in the Wilder School we are committed to providing a research rich environment for our new colleagu es. Senior scholars are invited to contact Dr. John Accordino (jaccordi@vcu.edu), Chair of the Search Committee or Dr. Niraj Verma, Director of the Wilder School (nverma2@vcu.edu).

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