Humphrey School News—October 1, 2015

Humphrey School Seeks New Faculty Member to Lead Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs seeks to hire an advanced associate or full professor whose research, scholarship, academic leadership, and service focus broadly on Women, Gender and Public Policy. The successful applicant will possess an outstanding record of scholarship focused on gender and public policy, and a strong capacity to lead efforts at policy engagement on these issues.

A full description follows:

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. The Humphrey School seeks to enrich the diversity of the University community and encourages applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. We seek candidates whose approach to teaching and research is innovative and inclusive in terms of structurally or historically underrepresented groups.

With this current search, the Humphrey School seeks to hire an advanced Associate or Full Professor whose research, scholarship, academic leadership and service focus broadly on Women, Gender and Public Policy. This is a nine month, 100% time tenured faculty position.

The successful applicant will possess an outstanding record of scholarship focused on gender and public policy, and a strong capacity to lead efforts at policy engagement on these issues. Specific areas of focus may be domestic and/or international.

This faculty position includes leadership of the Humphrey School’s Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy, which has a mission to illuminate gender-based disparities through research, teaching, and public engagement. In partnership with students, faculty, policy makers and community leaders, the Center advances effective public policies that create a more equitable world. Formed in 1985 as the nation’s first comprehensive teaching, research, and outreach center devoted to women and public policy, the Center builds on a long tradition of:

  • Engaging students, faculty, the public and decision-makers of all genders in dialogue, policy-making and action for the common good
  • Conducting community-engaged research that helps solve the most pressing disparities and challenges related to sex, gender and other aspects of a person’s identity (e.g. race, class, ethnicity, family status)
  • Supporting leaders who contribute to a more gender-equitable world
  • Sustaining a network of faculty, students, alumni, policymakers and partners that grounds the Center’s work and enables high impact action.

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs inspires, educates, and supports innovative leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world. The school is NASPAA-accredited, highly ranked nationally, and is widely recognized for its exceptional research, its role in examining public issues, and shaping public policy and governance at the local, state, national, and global levels. It is a founding institutional member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) and as of 2016 will serve as the host institution for the Public Policy and International Affairs Program [PPIA].

Through this faculty search we seek to further three School wide priorities specifically as they relate to scholarship and service addressing women, gender and public policy:

1) Deepen partnerships with communities that have traditionally had limited access to—or authentic engagement with—the fields of public policy, analysis and planning;

2) Deepen connections to the world of applied research, scholarship, policy and practice;

3) Sustain and strengthen our efforts toward globalization.

Required Applicant Qualifications

A terminal degree is required in public policy, public affairs, gender and women’s studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, law, urban planning or related fields with an applied focus on women, gender and public policy. The successful candidate must have a strong and extensive track record of University-based teaching, civic engagement, and high quality research that is anchored in the real world and has impacted public policy.

Candidates will have demonstrated significant involvement in an interdisciplinary research and engagement-center or collaborative; demonstrated ability to manage faculty and staff teams, to secure grants and other external research funds, and to set a strategic vision for a center-based work.

Candidates must be willing to contribute in substantial and rank-appropriate ways to the school, advise students in its Masters and Ph.D. programs, demonstrate a willingness to help prepare students for careers in public affairs, and function collaboratively in a multi- and interdisciplinary college, and with external constituencies.

The field of Women, Gender and Public Policy is both varied and rapidly evolving, and the Search Committee welcomes applicants from diverse disciplines and areas of focus. The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong understanding the breadth of scholarship and policy engagement on these issues, at the local, national and global levels, and a capacity to integrate work across boundaries.

Applications should include a curriculum vita, the names and addresses of three references, a sample of recent research, and a brief account of research and teaching interests and experience.

Applications will be reviewed beginning October 19, 2015. The position will remain open until filled. Please submit applications to job opening 304032 online to:

Address cover and reference letters to: Professor Greta Friedemann-Sánchez, Chair of Search Committee, c/o Human Resources, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 300 Humphrey School, 301-19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455,

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental, faculty life/disability insurance, retirement, and social security. The starting date for this appointment is August 29, 2016, or as soon thereafter as possible. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, public assistance status, or sexual orientation. 

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