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American University

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School of Public Affairs
Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research
Director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research

JOE ID Number: 2014-02_111452027
Date Posted: 10/31/2014
Date Inactive: 01/31/2015
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research
Section: US: Full-Time Academic (Permanent, Tenure Track or Tenured)
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, UNITED STATES
JEL Classification: 00 -- Default: Any Field
Full Text of JOE Listing:

The School of Public Affairs at American University invites applications for a faculty position at the rank of associate or full professor to serve as director of its Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research (WIPAR). The director will report to the Dean of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) and will support faculty in developing innovative research projects, securing external funding to support that work, organizing multi-faculty research projects, and connecting with policymakers who can put research findings into practice. With over 60 faculty members currently engaged in public affairs research, the School of Public Affairs seeks to spur groundbreaking research that will contribute to the major public policy issues of our time. Depending on qualifications, the appointee to this position may be recommended for tenure at the time of hiring.

The successful candidate will provide leadership in tapping the existing capabilities of SPA faculty and crafting funding strategies to foster research pertinent to critical policy issues. Among other things, the director will provide support for current faculty seeking external research funding, help build teams of scholars in SPA and beyond to seek major research funding, and facilitate partnerships with other research institutions.

Applicants should hold a doctoral degree in a relevant field, e.g., political science, criminal justice, or public policy. Prior leadership experience in grant writing or management is necessary, as is past work in a university, foundation, or research setting. Salary and benefits are competitive.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, subject to ongoing budgetary approval. Salary and benefits are competitive. Please submit applications via: Include a letter of application, curriculum vita, and name and contact information for three references.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of many centers of government, business, research, and arts located in the nation’s capital. For more information about American University, visit

Established in 1934, the School of Public Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the departments of Government; Justice, Law, & Criminology; and Public Administration & Policy. The School’s programs are consistently ranked among the best in the field of public affairs by U.S. News &World Report. Learn more about the School of Public Affairs at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

Application Requirements:
  • External Application Link
  • Letters of Reference Link