Job Opening – Faculty Director, Center for Public Affairs

Azusa Pacific University – Sacramento, California

Job Description
Position Title:  Faculty Director, Center for Public Affairs
School/College:  College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: History and Political Science
Location:  Sacramento, CA


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is seeking applicants for a faculty director for the Center for Public Affairs in Sacramento, California. The director will be responsible for teaching a combination of public administration and/or public policy courses and directing study away internship opportunities for undergraduate students in the Sacramento area within government and non-profit agencies. The director will also be responsible for directing a Master’s program in Public Administration (MPA).

Candidates should possess an earned Ph.D. in Political Science or Government or Public Administration, and maintain a strong commitment to Christian higher education. The appointment could begin as soon as June 1, 2019, although a later start date may be negotiated with the dean.


  • Promote the mission and purpose of the Sacramento-based Center for Public Affairs among campus faculty, administrators, students, and external partners;
  • In conjunction with university officials, expand the network of partners, donors, and alumni in order to augment the influence of the Center on campus and around the state;
  • Coordinate internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and direct the corresponding internship courses;
  • Serve as program director for the online and hybrid cohorts of the MPA program;
  • Teach 9 units of public administration and/or public policy courses in the Fall and Spring semesters;
  • Identify adjunct instructors to assist with undergraduate and graduate-level coursework;
  • Develop, plan, and coordinate outreach events for Center activities, such as a speaker series, donor visits, and interactions with public officials;
  • Assist with the development of a communication publication that highlights Center activities and influence;
  • Manage the program budget and coordinate fundraising efforts, including grant solicitations and other funding proposals
  • Advise and mentor students;
  • Integrate Christian faith in all aspects of instruction and service;
  • Maintain an active scholarly research agenda.
  • May be needed to work at alternative Regional Campuses or Sites.

Level: Assistant or Associate Professor; Full Professor may be considered


  • A Master’s degree in Political Science or Government or Public Administration, Ph.D. preferred.
  • A commitment to teaching excellence and a scholarly research agenda.
  • A demonstrated, vibrant Christian faith compatible with the mission of Azusa Pacific University.


Teaching and publication record commensurate with rank. Prior program administration experience preferred.


Responsible for teaching 18 units per year. Administrative responsibilities, which include supervising internships, directing a graduate MPA program, and directing Center activities are expected throughout the academic year. Administrative work over the summer months may be negotiated and compensated with additional salary.

Hire Date:  Open until filled.

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.
  • Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Additional Information:  

Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University’s Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at, to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Job Location

Sacramento, California, United States

Position Type


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