The Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs is seeking applicants for the position of Director, a 12-month tenured position at the senior Associate Professor or Full Professor level to begin July 2016. The Hugo Wall School offers a NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program with Graduate Certificates in Public Finance, Nonprofit Management, City and County Management, and Economic Development. In addition, the School is home to three applied research centers, the Public Policy and Management Center, Environmental Finance Center, and Kansas Public Finance Center, which together generate over $1 million per year in research grants and contracts. The School’s MPA program is ranked in the Top 100 Graduate Programs in the U.S. News and World Report National Rankings. For over 55 years, our School has received strong support and funding from the Board of Regents and from University administration for our applied research/community engagement mission. We are deeply integrated into the South Central Kansas region and are involved in numerous projects with nonprofit and public partners.
Wichita State University is one of three research universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents with a student body of approximately 15,000 students, including more than 3,000 graduate students. Wichita is located in a metropolitan area of 640,000 residents. It is home to many major manufacturers and is an important economic, healthcare and technology hub for the state of Kansas. A metropolitan area that offers a full range of urban amenities including a world-class zoo, museums, symphony and theater, Wichita also has high-quality medical facilities and public schools and reasonably priced housing. A typical work commute takes fifteen minutes or less. WSU’s Innovation Campus initiative is expected to bring more technology and innovation jobs to the area and will make the campus a center of learning, living, and playing.
The successful candidate must hold a terminal degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, or related field. Candidates who have a scholarly record that will allow them to achieve the rank of Full Professor will be given preference. Additionally, the successful candidate must have prior experience serving in an administrative capacity. Area of research and teaching specialization are open but preference will be given to candidates who can teach courses in state and local government. The successful candidate will have the ability to effectively articulate and further the mission of the School; specifically to integrate academic teaching, research and applied projects. This will require the ability to develop and maintain productive collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholder groups. It will require an ability to engage leaders in state and local government as well as nonprofit organizations. Finally, it will require a dynamic leader who can grow the reputation of the School at all levels (local, state, national, and international).
The successful candidate will provide academic and administrative leadership (i.e., management of human resources, budget, strategic planning, academic programming, and fundraising), facilitate programs of individual and collaborative research, support center directors in applied projects, and promote a collegial and collaborative work environment. The successful candidate will teach one course per semester in the MPA, monitor student and curriculum development, mentor junior faculty and oversee student recruitment and placement and alumni relations. The School Director is responsible for oversight of School faculty, Center directors and School staff. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate leadership experience in these areas and leadership in advancing the integrated model of teaching, research and service. The School Director is the chief visionary; regularly and effectively communicating the School’s mission to diverse internal and external constituencies.
Apply on-line at http://jobs.wichita.edu. Include a letter of interest that describes candidate fit with the mission of the Hugo Wall School and Wichita State UniverSity, a vita and contact information for three references.
Wichita State University does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, political affiliation, status as a veteran, genetic information or disability. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Executive Director, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita KS 67260-0138; telephone (316) 978-3186. Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a satisfactory criminal background check as required by Board of Regents policy.