COLLEGE: COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
DEPARTMENT: PUBLIC POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION
POSITION TITLE: ASSISTANT OR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
Public Policy and Administration (PPA) is a department within the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State). The mission of the PPA Department at the “Capital Campus” of Sacramento State is to prepare future leaders to address the complex issues that face California. We serve the State of California and the Sacramento Region by developing leaders with strong analytical tools and a deep commitment to public service. We are excited to be part of “Sac State Downtown”— a hub for innovative teaching, learning, and research, fostering collaborative partnerships to address real-world issues and improve the quality of life in the Sacramento region.
The Master’s in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) Program (https://www.csus.edu/college/social-sciences-interdisciplinary-studies/public-policy-administration/) offered by the PPA Department provides professional training for graduate students—many of whom work in state or local government. Our core academic program is a Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA). We also offer a Certificate in Collaborative Governance for matriculated graduate students. We participate in, or affiliate with, the Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree, the Judicial Administration Certificate Program, and the Executive and Judicial Fellows Programs (part of the nationally recognized Capital Fellows Programs).
PPA faculty focus on developing engaging curricula that include project-based work and application to current policy and administrative issues in California. Courses are taught primarily during evenings to accommodate students who are full-time working professionals. Our curriculum is evidence-based, with a strong focus on ensuring that students leave the program with the ability to: (1) synthesize, analyze, and offer ideas to improve policy and practice; (2) apply knowledge and skills in a professional setting; and (3) recognize the role of profession in society. A particular focus we instill in all our graduates is how to analyze systems and practices to surface systemic biases, including structural racism, that advance or impede a more just and equitable society.
The position is for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor (depending upon qualifications and previous experience) starting in Spring 2022 or Fall 2022. Through this position, the university is making a further commitment to its role as an anchor institution in the region by focusing on a hire with expertise related to public policy and/or public administration, with an exhibited focus in teaching, research, and community service related to social and racial equity. Furthermore, we prefer that the hire has an interest in actively helping to shape the PPA Department’s future and possibly taking a leadership role in the PPA Department as a chairperson within the next two to five years.
The Department is seeking a scholar interested in contributing to the community through California State University’s Downtown Center, visit https://www.csus.edu/experience/anchor-university/sac-state-downtown/ and the Anchor University Initiative, visit https://www.csus.edu/experience/anchor-university/. Given the demographics of the Sacramento Region and California, the successful candidate should have evidence of a record in teaching, scholarship, and service that emphasizes service to diverse populations. Through previous work, and a clear plan, the successful applicant should have an applied research agenda focused on understanding and analyzing contemporary issues related to social and racial equity. Examples of desired subject areas include the study of public policy and administration through a defined lens of social justice and equity-related to political engagement, education, public finance, urban redevelopment, transportation, health care, climate change, affordable housing, homelessness, criminal justice, unemployment, poverty, environmental justice, or other similar issues.
- Teach graduate courses over an academic year of two semesters with the potential for buyout or reassignment.
- Engage in scholarly and professional activities related to public policy and/or public administration.
- Supervise master’s projects related to public policy and/or public administration.
- Provide service to the department, college, and university.
- Provide service to the community in the expertise area of public policy and/or public administration.
- Embrace the mission of the California State University and its students, visit https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/about-the-csu/Pages/mission.aspx. Our students are diverse and represent populations that have been historically underserved in both undergraduate and graduate education. A successful applicant must be excited to serve our student populations through master-degree level advising and teaching as expressed in Sacramento State’s Inclusive Excellence Statement, visit https://www.csus.edu/diversity-inclusion/division-inclusive-excellence/diversity-inclusion-statement.html.
- Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree (e.g., Doctorate in Public Administration) in public policy and/or public administration or a discipline (Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies, etc.) closely related to it. ABD candidates will be considered. If ABD, all requirements for the degree must be completed by their start date.
- Extensive knowledge and demonstrated research and teaching in public policy and/or public administration related to social and racial equity.
- A strong commitment to diversity and issues of just, equitable, and inclusive education.
- Interest in working with the public service community in Sacramento through California State University’s Anchor Initiative and Downtown Center.
- Teaching experience and success in at least one of the core topics in the MPPA curriculum that includes public policy, qualitative or quantitative research methods, political environment of policymaking, and public budgeting and finance.
- Strong commitment to master’s level university teaching and project supervision to a diverse student body and broader community.
- Experience working in an interdisciplinary academic department.
- Interest in experimenting with different forms of student engagement in the classroom.
- Publications (peer-reviewed journal articles and/or professional articles) in areas related to public policy and administration.
- Teaching experience and success in more than one of the core topics in the MPPA curriculum that includes public policy, qualitative or quantitative research methods, political environment of policymaking, and public budgeting and finance; or the elective courses of collaborative governance, urban public policy, or urban land development.
Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled.
Please submit the following documents:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter: A letter of application that specifically addresses the candidate’s ability to fulfill each of the required (and if relevant, desired) duties/responsibilities and qualifications listed above.
- Unofficial Transcripts. Proof of terminal degree completion before start date.
- Diversity statement describing your individual commitment to diversity and inclusion; how the concepts of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice have been or will be brought into coursework; examples of diverse and inclusive pedagogy you have used or will use to ensure all students have access to equal educational opportunity; and how your individual scholarship contributes to building and supporting diverse communities.
- Portfolio: If available, up to three examples of publications that demonstrate the preferred qualification standards listed above.
- Teaching Effectiveness: If available, official copies of aggregated results of evaluations provided anonymously by students in previous classes taught.
About Sacramento State
Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.
As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.
To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.
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Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification
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The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.
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CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/.
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