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Tenured Faculty and Department Chair - Public Policy Administration

Company: California State University, Sacramento
Location: Sacramento
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

Tenured Faculty and Department Chair - Public Policy Administration

Job No: 521612
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

COLLEGE: College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

DEPARTMENT: Public Policy and Administration (PPA)

POSITION TITLE: Tenured Faculty (Associate or Full Professor) and Department Chair


Public Policy and Administration (PPA) is a department within the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State). The mission of the PPA Department at the Capital Campus of Sacramento State is to prepare future leaders to address the complex issues that face California. We serve the State of California and the Sacramento region by developing leaders with strong analytical tools and a deep commitment to public service. We are excited to be part of Sacramento State Downtown - a hub for innovative teaching, learning, and research, fostering collaborative partnerships to address real-world issues and improve the quality of life in the Sacramento region.

The Master's degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) () offered by the PPA Department provides professional training for graduate students-many of whom work in state or local government. Our students are diverse and represent populations that have been historically underserved in both undergraduate and graduate education.

Our core academic program is the MPPA. We also offer a Certificate in Collaborative Governance for matriculated graduate students. We participate in, or affiliate with, the Doctorate in Educational Leadership degree, the Judicial Administration Certificate Program, and the Executive and Judicial Fellows Programs (part of the nationally recognized Capital Fellows Programs). We are a vibrant department, expanding in students and faculty, and are looking for a department chair who will lead our growth.

PPA faculty focus on developing engaging curricula that include project-based work and application to current policy and administrative issues in California. Courses are taught primarily in the evenings to accommodate students who are full-time working professionals. Our curriculum is evidence-based, with a strong focus on ensuring that students leave the program with the ability to: (1) synthesize, analyze, and offer ideas to improve policy and practice; (2) apply knowledge and skills in a professional setting; and (3) recognize the role of policy and administrative professionals in society. We encourage our graduates to analyze systems and practices to surface systemic biases, including structural racism, that advance or impede a more just and equitable society.


This position is based on an academic year appointment as an Associate or Full Professor, tenured or deemed qualified for tenure at the time of appointment. The position will have an initial partial (60%) assignment as Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration (12-month position and 3-year term, renewable pending re-election in accordance with department and campus policy). We are searching for a policy-oriented scholar whose approach is attuned to equity and social justice.

The essential duties as Chair of the Department Public Policy and Administration (PPA) include responsibility for administering department level operations, collaborating with faculty to plan for the Department's future growth and development, student advising, and representing the PPA Department to the College, University, and Sacramento region. In addition to the Chair's administrative duties, the incumbent is expected to contribute in the areas of teaching, advising, research/scholarly work, and service.


  • Serve as Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration (60%), including, but not limited to, the following duties:
    • Faculty hiring, onboarding, retention, and ongoing support
    • Instructional schedules, course assignments, and enrollment
    • Oversight to departmental budget,
    • Represent the Department at the College, University, and Community levels
    • Student recruitment, retention, advising, and success
    • Leadership in curriculum development and program planning
    • During the first year, the Chair would facilitate a faculty search for an endowed professorship
    • Teach graduate courses in public policy, or related undergraduate courses, over an academic year of two semesters.
    • Engage in scholarly and professional activities related to public policy.
    • Supervise master's projects related to public policy.
    • Provide service to the institution at the Department, College, and University levels.
    • Provide service to the community in the expertise area of public policy.

      • Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (e.g., Doctorate in Public Policy) in public policy and/or a closely related discipline (e.g., Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies, Public Administration)
      • Teaching experience and success in at least one of the core topics in the MPPA curriculum that includes one or more of the following: public policy, applied qualitative or quantitative research methods, politics of policymaking, or public budgeting and finance.
      • Track record of publications (peer-reviewed journal articles and/or professional articles) in areas related to public policy.
      • A strong, and demonstrated commitment to diversity and issues of just, equitable, and inclusive education.
      • Academic leadership experience, which may include committee, departmental, university, or other leadership experience.
      • An expressed commitment to teaching evening classes to a largely part-time and professionally focused post-baccalaureate learning community.

        • Interest in working with the public service community in Sacramento in conjunction with Sacramento State's Anchor Initiative and the Sacramento State Downtown Campus.
        • Experience working in an interdisciplinary academic department and/or college.
        • Interest in and experience with different forms of student engagement and pedagogy in the classroom.
        • Strong commitment and previous experience in post-baccalaureate teaching to a diverse student body.


          Review of applications will begin January 18, 2023 and the position will remain open until filled.

          • Curriculum Vitae
          • Contact information for three professional references
          • Unofficial transcripts of highest degree, indicating proof of terminal degree completion before start date
          • Cover Letter: A letter of application that specifically addresses the candidate's ability to fulfill each of the required (and if relevant, preferred) duties/responsibilities and qualifications listed above
          • Evidence of Scholarly Qualifications: Provide up to three examples of publications that demonstrate the qualification standards listed above (all items need to be combined into one file prior to uploading).
          • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness: Provide no more than ten pages of documentation, e.g., brief narrative about how your teaching has changed over time, official aggregated results of recent anonymous course evaluations, , peer evaluations of teaching, course syllabi (all items need to be combined into one file prior to uploading).
          • Diversity Statement: Identify professional skills, experience, and plans in the areas of teaching, research, service, and/or leadership that advance our campus's equity, diversity, and inclusion goals.


            The Department is seeking a scholar interested in contributing to the community through our Sacramento State Downtown Campus, (visit ) and the Anchor University Initiative (visit . understanding the demographics of the Sacramento Region and California, the successful candidate should have evidence of a record in teaching, scholarship, and service that emphasizes equity, inclusion, and service to diverse populations, consistent with the University's Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan (visit ).

            Through this position, the University is making a further commitment to its role as an Anchor Institution in the region by focusing on a hire with expertise related to public policy, with an exhibited focus in teaching, research, and community service related to social and racial equity.

            About Sacramento State

            is located in the heart of California's capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the "Farm-to-Fork Capital," is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State's 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: "As California's capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement." As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to , , , , and .

            As evidenced by the values embedded in our , Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

            To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the page.

            Equal Employment Opportunity
            California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

            It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit .

            The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

            Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

            Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .
            The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

            Background Check Disclaimer
            A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

            COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

            CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at .

            Out of State Employment

            Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

            Eligibility Verification
            Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

            Advertised: November 30, 2022 (9:00 AM)
            Applications Closes: Open Until Filled

            To apply, visit


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