Public Policy Analysis & Evaluation
The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh invites applications for a tenure-stream faculty position at the assistant professor level in the field of policy analysis and evaluation. The position will begin in August 2022.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in public affairs, public policy, public administration, political science, demography, sociology, economics, psychology, public health, or a related field by the time of the appointment. A promise of excellence in scholarship and teaching is required. Expertise in a particular policy area and applied experience is also highly valued. The successful candidate will have the capacity to contribute to GSPIA’s teaching in policy analysis and evaluation as well as the core courses in the Masters of Public Administration degree program. Courses will be primarily at the Master's level.

While expertise in policy analysis and evaluation is required, we seek candidates with interdisciplinary interests and whose research and teaching complement the existing strengths of the School, complement GSPIA's community engagement efforts, and have a particular focus on skills, tools, and methods for assessing policy including via advanced policy analysis tools, benefit/cost analysis, impact assessment, and evaluation methods. These needs are especially profound given the current political environment and the urgent search for policy solutions in the domains of inequality, race, immigration, and public health, among others. Topical areas of application could include but are not limited to social policy (e.g. public assistance, health, housing), local and regional economic development, public finance, administration of justice, policing, and domestic policy more generally (including how government programs and policies in a particular domain are administered and how they have succeeded or failed in practice). We especially welcome those whose research is of relevance to underrepresented and marginalized communities in the United States and abroad.

Scholars with quantitative and/or qualitative expertise are welcome—including those using mixed methods approaches—as are those who can teach relevant methodological courses at the Master's level and above.

GSPIA is a dynamic, multidisciplinary school focused on training future practitioners for careers in the public, private and non-profit sectors. GSPIA is home to several research centers that serve as points of outreach and intersection for faculty within our school, at Pitt, and externally. These include the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, the Center for Governance and Markets, the Center for Analytical Approaches to Social Innovation, and more. Additionally, GSPIA faculty are connected broadly with colleagues and schools at the University of Pittsburgh, including the University Center for Social and Urban Research, PittCyber, the University Center for International Studies, and more. In addition, GSPIA also has a presence at the Pitt Washington Center in Washington, D.C.

GSPIA's students, staff, and faculty are committed to making significant contributions to society through public service. We are committed to helping realize the vision of a more equitable and inclusive society. We embrace the diversity of experience of all members of our community, including those arising from differences of race, gender and gender identity, ethnicity, abilities/disabilities, age, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, socioeconomic status, geographic region, migrant/immigrant/refugee status, and veteran status. Our goal is a diverse, cosmopolitan community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, service, and/or community engagement will contribute to advancing this goal. Applicants are encouraged to address these issues in their application materials.


Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. The cover letter must address three areas: (1) research interests, (2) teaching interests and experience, and (3) experience with or plans to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching, service, and community engagement. Letters of recommendation should be sent to Kaytlynn Pierra at [email protected] Applications must be submitted by 10/27/2021 to receive full consideration, but the portal will remain open. Questions about the application process may be directed to Kaytlynn Pierra ([email protected]). Questions about the position may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Gary E. Hollibaugh, Jr. ([email protected]).

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EOE, including disability/vets

All interested should apply at: https://cfopitt.taleo.net/careersection/pitt_faculty_external/jobdetail.ftl?job=21006855&tz=GMT-04%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

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Kaytlynn Pierra
[email protected]
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
230 S Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, 15260
4126487605