Assistant or Associate Professor of Public Policy


Position Title

Assistant or Associate Professor of Public Policy


Public Policy

Position Reports to

Director, Public Policy Institute

Effective Date

August 1, 2024


Full Time/Exempt

About Jacksonville University and The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute

The Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute (Institute), established in 2012, is the first Institute of its kind in Florida and offers a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree, Executive Master in Public Policy (EMPP) degree program, and three dual degree programs: MPP-Marine Science, MPP-MBA, and MPP-Juris Doctor. A Minor in Public Policy is also offered to undergraduate students.

Jacksonville University conferred the first MPP degrees in the history of Florida in 2015. In addition, the nonpartisan Institute provides a neutral gathering place for public policy education, discussion, and debate, hosting over 100 events on campus since 2013, and is actively engaged in the community, including training of elected officials, keynote addresses, and television and radio commentary. The Institute has a nonpartisan 25 member Board of Advisors, made up of extraordinary business, community, and civic leaders. It typically has leading policymakers, including the Governor, US Senators, and leading national policymakers as keynote speakers at board meetings. In addition, the Institute has a nine-member MPP Minority Fellowship Board of Advisors, which awards fellowships and scholarships to qualifying minority applicants. Please visit the Institute’s website at

Job Summary

The Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Public Policy position, beginning in August 2024. Successful candidates must demonstrate a willingness and ability to teach core, elective, and capstone courses in the MPP Program, and in the undergraduate Minor in Public Policy Program. The range of courses can include graduate courses in public policy, political institutions, statistics and research methods, policy analysis, ethics, microeconomics for public policy, and public finance, as well as public policy courses for undergraduate students.

The candidate must also show an ability to engage in public policy and interact with students, faculty, policy practitioners, and community leaders. The successful candidate will work closely with the Institute Executive Director on Institute governance, the MPP academic program, campus programming, and community engagement. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to building a strong research agenda and publication record, as well as playing a leadership role commensurate with experience. The determination of the appropriate rank for the appointment will depend on the successful candidate’s qualifications, background, and experience.


Applicants must have earned a PhD in Public Policy, or a closely related social science discipline, such as political science or economics. The candidate must demonstrate a commitment and promise in teaching and scholarly publishing as well as a willingness to contribute to and help lead the growth of the MPP Program and Public Policy Institute. 

Diversity and Inclusion

Jacksonville University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, believes students learn best in a diverse, inclusive community and is therefore committed to academic excellence through diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek candidates who are committed to Jacksonville University’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we actively welcome applications from members of groups who are historically underrepresented in higher education.

Physical Requirements

  • Manual dexterity to efficiently operate a computer keyboard and other business machines
  • Adequate hearing to communicate effectively in person and virtually
  • Near vision sufficient to read written communications and computer display screens
  • Stamina to teach up to 24 hours weekly

Important Note

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required for this position. The University reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs.

To Apply

The following application materials are required: (1) a letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) copy of transcripts for all degrees earned (unofficial are accepted at this stage—official will be required prior to the start date), (4) a statement regarding teaching philosophy, (5) evidence of effective teaching (syllabi and course evaluations), (6) evidence of scholarly writing, (7) completed JU faculty application, and (8) three letters of recommendation.

Interested applicants may send their application materials, preferably as a PDF packet, to Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute at, with the subject line “Assistant/Associate Professor Search” by November 10, 2023. For full consideration, all applicant materials should be received no later than this date, including recommendation letters.

Selected candidates will be notified the first week of Spring term 2024 to schedule an interview. Questions regarding the open position can be sent to the Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute at