Professor & Director of the School of Public Service (Tenured, F1046A)

Professor & Director of the School of Public Service (Tenured, F1046A)

Job category: Education

Job Type: Full Time

Norfolk, Virginia

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Job Description:

The School of Public Service in the Strome College of Business at Old Dominion University (ODU) seeks highly qualified faculty candidates to serve as School Director and as a full-time faculty member at the rank of Professor.  The position begins in July 2024.  The School of Public Service houses a NASPAA-accredited M.P.A. program, a doctoral program (Ph.D.) in Public Administration & Policy, a graduate certificate in Public Administration & Policy, a graduate certificate in Public Procurement & Contract Management, and a minor in Public Service. The faculty and students at the School of Public Service are from diverse backgrounds. Students have a wide age range, with many of the M.P.A. and Ph.D. students holding senior positions in public service while others are early in their careers.

The mission of the ODU School of Public Service is to lead in educating public service leaders, build and disseminate public service knowledge, and directly address community challenges in the multi-sector environment. The School of Public Service is committed to multi-sector partnerships which promote the intersection of and interaction between the public, government, nonprofit, and/or business sectors. The candidate should have an interest in expanding multi-sector partnerships and/or multi-sector public service as they relate to issues such as privatization, contracting, community engagement, or social entrepreneurship.

Specific responsibilities: Given the School’s mission, part of the responsibilities of the School of Public Service Director will be to provide leadership to further the school’s mission, mentor junior faculty and students, and support excellence in research and teaching. Key aspects of these responsibilities include interacting, collaborating, and effectively communicating with a diverse faculty, student body, university administration, and external stakeholders. Exercising strong interpersonal and communication skills and a commitment to shared governance, transparency, consensus building, and collaboration are also important components to achieve the School of Public Service success.

In addition, specific Director responsibilities include:

  • Planning and executing strategic initiatives for the School;
  • Mentoring and supporting faculty and staff;
  • Advocating for and supporting School needs at the college and university levels;
  • Fostering strong community engagement and partnerships;
  • Improving curriculum design and leading accreditation efforts;
  • Demonstrating commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives;
  • Working closely with the School’s advisory board;
  • Preparing and administering the School’s budget;
  • Evaluating faculty performance in teaching, research, and professional service, and of School staff;
  • Liaising with other academic and administrative units of the college and university, and with appropriate external agencies;
  • Performing research and scholarly activities; and
  • Teaching courses in related areas.

Required qualifications:

  1. D. degree in Public Administration or related field.
  2. Research record that meets requirements for a tenured appointment at the rank of Professor.
  3. Ability to teach core classes in the M.P.A. and Ph.D. programs, both online and face-to-face.
  4. Evidence of successful leadership and administrative management of an academic school, department, center, institute, program, or similar entity.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with NASPAA accreditation standards.
  • Expressed interest in multi-sector partnerships and/or multi-sector public service.
  • Demonstrated record of community engagement.
  • Expressed commitment to teaching diverse students and to equity and inclusion.

University and Region: Old Dominion University is a state-supported, Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive University with over 23,000 students. The University is in Norfolk, Virginia, the hub of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area with a population of about 1.6 million. Hampton Roads is a major recreation area known for its beaches, historical landmarks, and the Chesapeake Bay. The region also profits from its proximity to Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Federal, state, and local governments represent approximately a third of the region’s total employment. Boasting the largest naval base in the world, Hampton Roads also accommodates major Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard commands.

How to Apply: Applicants must apply at and submit:

  1. A letter of application indicating qualifications, leadership skills and philosophy, and interest in serving as School Director;
  2. A current curriculum vitae;
  3. A brief statement of teaching philosophy and list of taught courses;
  4. Unofficial graduate transcripts; and
  5. Contact information of three references.

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2024, and the position will remain open until it is filled.  Questions on the position should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Royce Burnett at

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Individuals from minoritized communities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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