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Assistant/Associate Professor
Portland State University in Portland, Oregon
Date Posted 03/16/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Proposed Start Date
C - Assistant Professor
Working Title
Assistant/Associate Professor
Position Number
Faculty Type
Tenure Track
Fixed Term End Date:
Position FTE
Term of Service
9 month
Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

The College of Urban and Public Affairs has over 89 full-time and research faculty, and approximate 1700 student major enrolled in the College. In recent years, the Department of Public Administration has enrolled approximately 200 graduate students. In addition to the Department of Public Administration, the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government incorporates the Department of Political Science and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The College also includes the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, the Department of Economics and the Department of International and Global Studies. Other research and service units within the College include the Center for Public Service, The Nonprofit Institute, the Institute on Aging, the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, the Center for Urban Studies, the National Policy Consensus Center, the Center for Women’s Leadership, and the Center for Population Research and Census. The Department of Public Administration’s MPA is NASPAA accredited.

Portland State University is Oregon’s most affordable public research university, located in the heart of one of America’s most dynamic cities. Our mission to “let knowledge serve the city” reflects our dedication to turning ideas into action — in Portland and around the world. The city is our campus, giving students unmatched access to career connections, a vibrant cultural scene and hands-on learning experiences with hundreds of community partners. More than 27,000 students from all backgrounds bring diverse perspectives to our classrooms and campus life, from the tree-lined Park Blocks to the bustling Urban Plaza and state-of-the-art science labs. We are proud of our world-class faculty, groundbreaking research and international reputation for excellence in sustainability, community engagement and innovation.

Position Summary

Tenure track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning Fall 2021 whose core expertise is in the area of nonprofit management and leadership with particular expertise in nonprofit finance, philanthropy, policy and advocacy and/or volunteerism. Applicants whose teaching and scholarship are community engaged are particularly welcome.

Candidates are expected to meet the following minimum qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate in a relevant discipline (by position start date).
  • Established or developing record of published scholarship.
  • Demonstrated competence teaching graduate and/or undergraduate students.
In addition to the above, it is desirable that candidates also possess the following credentials:
  • Expertise in policy and advocacy, finance, philanthropy, leadership, and/or management of nonprofit organizations.
  • Demonstrated history of community engagement and collaboration.
  • Evidenced ability to generate funding to support research and engagement activities.

The Department seeks broadly trained candidates who are committed to its unique mission and values which focus on co-producing the public good with organizational partners in the nonprofit, for-profit and multi-jurisdictional public sectors. The Department offers and contributes to a variety of academic programs which include the following: MPA, MPA-HA, and MNL; a growing undergraduate civic leadership minor and a new undergraduate major in Urban and Public Affairs; and, graduate certificates in Energy Policy and Management, Sustainable Food Systems, Nonprofit and Public Management, and Collaborative Governance. In cooperation with the Hatfield School of Government and Department of Political Science, the Department also offers a Master of Public Policy degree (MPP) program and Public Affairs and Policy PhD program. Candidates with strong substantive areas of expertise that are relevant to these programs are therefore encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate is expected to teach as faculty in the Department’s public administration core as well as the nonprofit leadership core and specialization courses at the graduate level, advise students, and teach undergraduate offerings that are related to nonprofit and public service. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in research and other programs and initiatives, including those offered through The Nonprofit Institute, which is housed in the Hatfield School of Government’s Center for Public Service and which supports the needs of the Oregon nonprofit community.

Primary Activity
I - Instructional
Minimum Qualifications
  • Expertise in policy, finance, philanthropy, advocacy, leadership, and/or management of nonprofit organizations.
  • Earned doctorate in a relevant discipline (by position start date).
  • Established or developing record of published scholarship.
  • Demonstrated competence teaching graduate and/or undergraduate students.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated history of community engagement and collaboration
  • Evidenced ability to generate funding to support research and engagement activities.
Key Cultural Competencies
  • Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement
  • Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.
Environmental Stewardship

Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Professional Standards of Conduct

At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

The starting annual salary rate for this position will be between $63,234 – $70,695 for an Assistant Professor and between $75,573 – $81,387 for an Associate Professor. The starting salary may be negotiable above this range, however it will be dependent upon the knowledge, experience, skills and abilities of the chosen candidate, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR. PSU’s excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.

Additional Information

For full consideration, candidates are asked to submit the following by April 2, 2021:
1. A letter of application including a brief background statement addressing teaching, research and community engagement experience and interests;
2. A statement of teaching philosophy; and,
3. Curriculum vitae.

Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)

Please provide full contact information for 3-4 professional references. Your references will be asked to upload letters of recommendation only if you are selected for further consideration.

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