The Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has an opening for a professor of public policy with substantive interests in regional or international economic development. Examples of specific areas of related interest might include public finance and tax policy, entrepreneurship incentives, innovation policy, or science and technology policy. The successful candidate will play a significant role in the university’s teaching, research, and engagement activities in this policy area, and will also be considered for a senior program leadership role in the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, a unit of the Kenan-Flagler Business School whose mission includes these research areas in partnership with the department (https://www.kenan-flagler.unc.edu/KI/).
Candidates for this position must have an established record of research and publication, teaching, and service appropriate for a full professorship at a major research university. Both U.S. and international research applications are welcome; disciplinary background is not as important as the candidate’s analytic rigor and knowledge of the public policy academic enterprise. All candidates must be interested in teaching at both undergraduate and doctoral levels and in supervising Ph.D. dissertations and undergraduate honors theses.
The Department of Public Policy is within the College of Arts and Sciences. It confers A.B. and Ph.D. degrees and works closely with other Ph.D.-granting social science departments in the College, as well as departments and schools offering professional degrees, notably City and Regional Planning, Public Administration, Business, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Social Work, Public Health, and Law. The department has a full-time faculty of eleven, fourteen adjunct faculty, and an enrollment of approximately 20 doctoral students and 200 undergraduate majors ( https://www.unc.edu/depts/pubpol). An additional source of opportunities is the newly created Carolina Institute for Public Policy, established in association with the department to facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations on policy-relevant research and to promote opportunities for faculty and students to interact with policymakers and other public leaders.