Professor and Director, School of Public Administration

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Work type: Faculty
Location: UCF Downtown
Categories: Education & Human Performance, Health & Public Affairs

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Professor and Director, School of Public Administration

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Job Description:

The School of Public Administration in the College of Community Innovation and Education (CCIE) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) seeks a dynamic leader to serve as director of the school. We are committed to excellence and innovation that lead to positive impacts.  With that in mind, we are looking for an experienced  academic and administrative leader (i.e., management of human resources, budget, strategic planning, academic programming, external funding for interdisciplinary innovative research, and fundraising) who is poised to facilitate programs of individual and collaborative research, support and mentor faculty in necessary steps to secure external funding, work with the chairs and directors of other departments/schools within the college to promote the college mission, and promote a collegial and collaborative environment.


The School of Public Administration is one of the leading and most innovative Public Administration (PA) schools in the country, with one of the largest programs in the Southeast that has active partnerships with state and local government and community nonprofit agencies. From a brand new state-of-the-art facility with access to fully equipped multimedia classrooms at UCF Downtown, the director will oversee 30 faculty and seven staff members who are responsible for offering a NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration and Master of Nonprofit Management (first nonprofit management program in the world accredited by NASPAA), a (new) Master of Public Policy (MPP), a PAB-accredited Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning, undergraduate public administration, nonprofit management, and emergency management degrees, and graduate and undergraduate certificate programs or minors in emergency management and homeland security, nonprofit management, public administration, and urban and regional planning. The school also participates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Public Affairs and is in the process of approval for a Ph.D. in Public Administration. The school houses the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, which is a research and outreach arm of the unit. It is also the editorial home of Public Administration Review and Administrative Theory and Praxis.


UCF is a thriving research university located in metropolitan Orlando. The university benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment, a high quality of life, and opportunities to grow, learn and succeed. UCF is adjacent to one of the top research parks in the nation and has a fully accredited College of Medicine. With a diverse student body of more than 68,000 students, UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida and one of the largest universities in the country. UCF is committed to innovative community partnerships, world class research with local impact, and the integration of technology and learning.


The College of Community Innovation and Education employs approximately 350 full‐time faculty and staff serving more than 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students across more than 35 academic disciplines.


AA-College of Community Innovation and Education, School of Public Administration

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Minimum Qualifications:

•        Have an earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, or a related discipline, and have previously achieved the rank of at least a tenured associate professor in his or her academic career;


•        Have prior experience serving in an administrative capacity within higher education, such as serving in such role(s) as program coordinator, center director, department chair, associate dean, or other appropriate leadership level experience within the university setting;


•      Be eligible for appointment as a tenured professor upon hire and, therefore, have a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, successful teaching, and service commensurate with the rank of professor in the School of Public Administration and a research intensive (R1) university;


•      Have a demonstrated record of supporting faculty and students from diverse backgrounds;


•      Have demonstrated skill related to organization, planning, budgeting, and administration; and


•      Be collegial and have demonstrated experience in working in interdisciplinary activities.

Preferred Qualifications:

•      Have ability to effectively articulate and further the visions of the school;


•      Have ability to develop and maintain productive collaborative relationships with university administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni;


•      Have a vision and the skill set needed for engagement with community stakeholders and with individuals affiliated with state and federal agencies, foundations, and other nongovernmental organizations through community partnerships;


•      Have experience using predictive analytics to inform program planning;


•      Have experience with local, regional, state, national, and international public policy representatives, officials, and office holders; and


•      Have interest or experience in fundraising.

Additional Application Materials Required:

In addition to the online application, please submit a letter of intent describing (1) qualifications and interest in the position, (2) evidence of scholarly impact, (3) history of external peer-reviewed funding, (4) experience related to the position qualifications, and (5) vision of role as school director. Additionally, please also submit a curriculum vitae, the names and contact information for three professional references, and a copy of graduate transcripts. The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of hire date.


For questions about this position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Florencio Hernandez at


Application questions may be directed to CCIE human resources manager, Vanessa Nixon at, (407) 823-6060.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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