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Assistant Professor, Institute of Public Service

Position Description

The Institute of Public Service (IPS) at Seattle University seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning in September 2019.  IPS seeks outstanding candidates with a strong background in community development and urban studies.  This position primarily supports the Bachelor of Public Affairs program at SU, which combines coursework in public policy, management, social sciences, and humanities to prepare undergraduate students to contribute to public and nonprofit sectors that are equitable, effective, and socially just ( For additional information regarding IPS, please consult the following link:

Responsibilities include teaching courses in the Bachelor of Public Affairs and Master of Public Administration programs, maintaining an active high-quality program of scholarship, and performing university, college and departmental service.  Teaching expertise should include some combination of the following areas: community development, urban studies, urban policy, urban sustainability, or planning.  Secondarily, candidates should have an interest in social or environmental justice issues. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching excellence, solid scholarly potential and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university‚Äôs mission and values.  The candidate may be expected to teach both in-person and hybrid courses that make use of on-line technology.


Minimum Qualifications: Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in public administration, public policy, urban planning, urban studies, or closely related field and should demonstrate expertise in community development, urban policy, or urban sustainability. Evidence of an active research agenda and teaching effectiveness is required.

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2017" ranks Seattle University 8th in the West among universities that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer.

In support of its pursuit of academic and scholarly excellence, Seattle University is committed to creating a diverse community of students, faculty and staff that is dedicated to the fundamental principles of equal opportunity and treatment in education and employment regardless of age, color, disability, gender identity, national origin, political ideology, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The university encourages applications from, and nominations of, individuals whose differing backgrounds, beliefs, ideas and life experiences will further enrich the diversity of its educational community.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit the following materials to a cover letter which includes a description of scholarship and professional practice, if applicable; a statement of teaching experience and philosophy; three recent course evaluations, if available; and contact information for three references. Recommendation letters may be requested following submission of application. Review of applications will begin November 30, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. For further information please email inquiries to Dr. Kevin Ward, Search Committee Chair at

Seattle University
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122