Assistant Professor, Scrivner Institute of Public Policy - Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The University of Denver is pleased to announce a search for a tenure-line Assistant Professor in the Douglas and Mary Scrivner Institute of Public Policy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. The position offers an extraordinary opportunity for a faculty member with training in one or more disciplines with a policy emphasis to contribute to a robust research program and help build the Institute's engagement, impact, and visibility locally, nationally, and internationally.

The University of Denver is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountain region, with approximately 11,700 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. DU is classified as a Doctoral/Research University with high research activity. 

The Scrivner Institute of Public Policy at the University of Denver was made possible by a generous gift from Douglas and Mary Scrivner in 2018. The Institute is housed within the existing Josef Korbel School of International Studies, a top-ranked international affairs program with a range of both graduate and undergraduate degrees and a dynamic research profile that prepares students for careers in the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors. Its programs provide students with the knowledge, skills, and networks to design policies, implement programs, and realize outcomes that enhance human capabilities around the world. By relaunching the University's public policy program that has existed since the mid-1980's, the Scrivner Institute and the Korbel School together are creating an innovative, local-to-global public policy enterprise that trains students to meet 21st-century challenges in both domestic and international spheres. Supporting path-breaking, multidisciplinary research and local, national, and international policy engagement are critical components of the Institute's vision.

The Scrivner Institute of Public Policy is strongly aligned with the University of Denver's strategic plan, DU Impact 2025:, and is committed to the student experience, experiential learning, and serving the public good. It offers an undergraduate major in public policy and a Master of Public Policy degree, both of which have great potential to grow in innovative programming and enrollment. The Scrivner Institutes multidisciplinary design attracts public policy research and teaching from faculty members across the University's colleges and schools and beyond.

We seek candidates with broad competence in public policy, and teaching and research interests in economic and social inequality and stratification. The search is multidisciplinary and encourages applications from candidates examining the intersections between inequality and stratification with other important issues, including but not limited to urbanization and community development, public health, regulation, the future of work, environmental policy, artificial intelligence, and automation. We are particularly interested in candidates who examine the role of race, gender, and other dimensions of marginalization on public policy development, implementation, and outcomes, including those using critical and/or intersectional approaches. We welcome candidates trained in the fields of public policy, economics, law, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, geography, and adjacent fields. Candidates with a record of peer-reviewed publishing and grant success are particularly encouraged to apply. We also welcome applications from those at the advanced assistant professor level. The Scrivner Institute is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to integrate content and issues relating to, and to work effectively with, ethnically/racially diverse populations. The position will begin on September 1, 2021.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in a social science discipline or an equivalent terminal degree by the date the position begins (absent serious mitigating circumstances).
  • Experience in teaching, or the ability to teach, core public policy courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Demonstrated experience and versatility in inclusive pedagogy.
  • We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through their teaching, research, and service. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Successful teaching experience is highly desirable, as is a track record in research and publication.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by November 1, 2020. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. 

On-campus interviews will begin January 15, 2021. 

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample
  4. Sample Course Syllabi
  5. Teaching Evaluation(s)
  6. One-page statement of how they can contribute to DU's Inclusive Excellence and values and practices regarding diversity, equity, and inclusivity.
  7. Names and contact information of three referees that can provide letters of recommendation.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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