The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia seeks to fill a tenure-track, Assistant Professor faculty position in public policy and economics, with a start date in Fall 2024. We invite applications from candidates who have earned or are expected to receive their doctorate in economics, quantitative public policy, or a closely related field by the start date of the position. We have a special interest in policy-relevant research related to climate risk, climate adaptation, climate mitigation, and climate equity.
The successful candidate will: demonstrate the ability to produce highly influential scholarship related to the economics of climate change and climate policy; have the desire and ability to connect research across disciplines and engage with external partners including policymakers, business leaders, and community groups; be interested in and able to effectively teach courses on economics, research methods, public policy, and/or leadership at the undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MPP) levels; have a desire to contribute to the Batten and UVA missions through service and support of a collaborative, diverse community bound together by values of honor, integrity, trust, and respect.
Built upon the strong foundation of one of the nation’s top public universities, the Batten School combines rigorous training in policy analysis with a unique emphasis on the acquisition of leadership skills. Members of the research faculty have backgrounds in economics, psychology, political science, and public administration and policy. The school is further enriched by professors of practice who bring real-world policymaking expertise to the classroom. The Batten School currently offers an MPP degree and an undergraduate major and minor in public policy and leadership, as well as multiple dual degree programs with other UVA units.
The Batten School is a dynamic cross-disciplinary school offering highly competitive teaching loads, salaries, and research support. The Batten School is committed to faculty growth and is conducting multiple searches this year. While the primary appointment is in the Batten School, a joint/courtesy appointment could be possible in the Department of Economics or other UVA schools and departments, depending on the candidate’s interests and qualifications.
In 2022, the University of Virginia launched a multi-year Grand Challenge Research Initiative in Environmental Resilience and Sustainability, with a focus on climate solutions. The University will invest $60 million in two areas: research on clean energy pathways and research and translation to help local communities develop best practices for responding to climate change. In addition to substantial research support, the University will hire over 15 faculty across six schools. The $10 million Climate Collaborative, led by the UVA Environmental Institute, will support large, interdisciplinary research teams in specific localities dealing with climate-related challenges. University teams will work with external partners, including policymakers, business leaders, local citizens, community groups and officials, to co-create climate adaptation and mitigation strategies that are based on cutting edge research and are actionable. Successful candidates are expected to engage with the Climate Collaborative initiative and will have access to resources to support research and training.
Applications must be received by November 15, 2023 to receive full consideration, after which applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
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Applicants must complete the online application and submit the following required materials:
The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy.
* As part of your application, please describe in a separate statement your potential contributions to any aspect of the UVA mission:
Please focus upon your work skills and experience. In doing so, you may choose to refer to your personal perspective, but the focus of our consideration is on your potential contributions through skills and experience, rather than personal opinions or beliefs.
For questions about the application process, please contact Jennett Murphy, Assistant Director of Faculty Affairs [email protected]. Applications that are missing required documents may not be given full consideration.
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