Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Law and Society - 12743BR

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in Law and Society

School of Public Affairs&Admin
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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Position Overview

The University of Kansas School of Public Affairs & Administration (SPAA) invites applications for an assistant or early associate professor tenure-track position in Law & Society. The position is expected to begin in August, 2019. Candidates should have a strong research agenda in Law and Society. We welcome applications from scholars working in all areas of Law & Society, including race, gender, and institutions; administrative state-society relations; immigration; social movements; criminal justice; the nonprofit sector (including civil society, NGOs and community organizations); and urban studies. Candidates also should have a commitment to graduate and undergraduate teaching, and a strong commitment to professional service.

SPAA is a top-ranked research and teaching program with an internationally recognized faculty, a collegial environment, and strong, nationally‐recruited students. The School serves the flagship campus in Lawrence as well as campuses in nearby Topeka and the Kansas City metro area. Most courses taught by this hire will be on the Edwards campus. The MPA program is highly ranked among graduate programs, particularly in the areas of City Management, Urban Policy, and Public Management. The School supports a small undergraduate program; a distinguished doctoral program that has placed graduates in the best positions nationally; and an excellent professional education program.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see

The successful candidate for the position must be eligible to work in the U.S. prior to the start of the position.

Job Description

Job Duties:

40% Research:
Conduct research in area of expertise that complements current strengths in the department. All faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active research program, which gains national recognition and is advanced substantially beyond the level of the Ph.D. thesis. It should provide solid evidence that the faculty member is a dedicated scholar whose research will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout his or her career. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to publish in peer reviewed journals and to present findings at professional conferences.

40% Teaching/Advising:
• Teach 4 courses/academic year in the School of Public Affairs and Administration; courses may be cross-listed or cross-referenced with other departments.
• Develop curricular programs (e.g., courses) in advanced quantitative methods of expertise.
• Prepare for and attend all class meetings. In case of absence, faculty member must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class. Classes should not be canceled.
• Provide instruction throughout the semester; course format can vary based on course content, programmatic needs and instructor discretion.
• Develop assignments, administer tests, evaluate student work, provide feedback to students, and assign grades.
• Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required. Be available for reasonable appointments if a student cannot meet during scheduled office hours.
• Adhere to program, College, and University policies.
• All faculty members are expected to be active in advising. All faculty members are to take their teaching and advising responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom.

20% Service:
All faculty members are expected to participate in appropriate professional activities, such as attending program meetings, carrying out program committee assignments, attending national meetings or conferences, and refereeing or reviewing manuscripts for research journals and grant proposals. Service to the College and University is also expected, and to the greater profession at-large.

All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) your letter of application describing your previous work and educational experiences as well as your demonstrated commitment in working with diverse groups; (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in C.V.; (3) teaching statement that also addresses your commitment/approach in the use or development of implementing inclusive teaching/advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials; (4) research statements; and (5) information provided from professional references.
  1. Ph.D. in Law & Society, Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Sociology, or a related field by the start date of the appointment.
  2. Demonstration for high potential in research and publications.
  3. Demonstrated ability to teach effectively.

Additional Candidate Instructions

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter describing your previous work and education experiences as well as your demonstrated commitment in working with diverse groups; curriculum vitae; research statement; teaching statement that also addresses your commitment/approach in the use or development of implementing inclusive teaching/advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials; one article-length manuscript or other writing sample; and the names, email addresses and contact information for three professional references.

Initial review of applications will begin October 1, 2018 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.

Contact Information to Applicants

Rosemary O’Leary
Director and Distinguished Professor

Advertised Salary Range

Commensurate with education and experience

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