Top 25% - Ranking among doctoral programs in "Public Policy, Public Affairs and Public Administration" according to the National Research Council
72 - Number of students enrolled in the program in Fall 2016
12 - Number of program graduates in 2015-16
Doctoral Program Announces Program Director Opening
Friday, October 21, 2016
The Doctoral Program in Public Affairs at the College of Health
and Public Affairs invites applications for a 12-month tenured
associate or full professor position to serve as program director,
to begin August 2017. Salary is contingent upon
Duties: This innovative and effective leader will serve as
program director of the collegewide Doctoral Program in Public
Affairs. The successful candidate will bring a vision of how
doctoral education can strengthen communities and change lives by
creating interdisciplinary solutions to complex social problems.
The program director is expected to guide the vision and the
operational management of the program to advance and grow its
mission related to applied research, social justice and community
engagement. We seek a leader who has the management and
research skills, creativity and vision to guide the program in its
quest to deliver top-quality education, mentor faculty, grow the
department's research agenda and provide service to the community.
The ideal candidate will exhibit excellent collaboration and
communication skills and demonstrate the ability to enhance the
interdisciplinary environment within the program.
The Doctoral Program in Public Affairs comprises an
interdisciplinary core involving Social Work, Criminal Justice,
Public Administration, Health Services Management and
Research. The program recently revised its curriculum and
provides students with an intensive interdisciplinary
perspective. This program is the college's flagship Ph.D.
program - ranked by the National Research Council in the top 25% of
Public Policy doctoral programs. The program has more than 120
graduates throughout the world and a current enrollment of 65
students. For information about the Doctoral Program in Public
Affairs, please visit www.cohpa.ucf.edu/publicaffairs.
The College of Health and Public Affairs is home to eight
departments and nine centers and is a leader in creating positive
community change by building partnerships which transcend
traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is a major partner in
the development of UCF's new downtown Orlando campus. Its strength
lies in both its extensive network with public and private
organizations as well as its vibrant academic community. For more
information about the College of Health and Public Affairs, please
Founded in 1963, the University of Central Florida (UCF) has
enjoyed phenomenal growth in the years since and is one of the
largest universities in the country with approximately 63,000
undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Orlando, UCF
has 13 colleges with 30 doctoral programs and was identified as one
of the top five "Schools to Watch" by U.S. News & World Report.
The university and college stress the importance of community
engagement and partnerships, and they offer the unique opportunity
for collaborative research and work with dedicated community
professions in a wide range of policy and management areas, both
within and outside of academia. Additionally, UCF was named
"Curricular Engagement and Outreach Partnership University" by the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Faculty
at UCF also enjoy the region's mild climate, natural beauty, area
attractions and nearby beaches.
Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate should have an
earned doctorate or Ph.D. in Public Affairs, Urban Studies, or
closely related discipline from an accredited institution; a
record of scholarly work and external funding in the area of public
affairs; and a minimum of two years administrative experience
and/or documented leadership within a university
structure. The successful candidate will be a person who would
be eligible for appointment as a tenured associate or full
professor upon hire and, therefore, have a distinguished record of
scholarly work and external funding commensurate with a tenured
faculty appointment at the rank of associate or full professor in
one of the core areas of Social Work, Criminal Justice, Public
Administration, or Health Services Management and
Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate should
have evidence of: (a) effective leadership and community
engagement; (b) experience in interdisciplinary education; (c)
effective interpersonal and communication skills; and (d)
commitment to high-quality education through curriculum
development, quality teaching and working with doctoral
students. A record of nationally recognized scholarship
evidenced by peer reviewed publications and presentations and
a record of external funding.
Application Process: The university requires that all
applicants apply and submit all supporting documents through the
UCF Online Recruitment System at www.jobswithucf.com. No
paper applications will be considered. Applicants must complete the
online Faculty Applicant Affirmation form and submit the following:
(1) a cover letter indicating qualifications for the position; (2)
a complete curriculum vitae; (3) copy of transcripts; and (4)
contact information for at least four professional references,
which include email addresses. The selected candidate will be
required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of hire
NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can
be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is
finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit
additional documents at a later date. Candidates are responsible
for ensuring all materials have been uploaded correctly.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue
until the position is filled. Candidates will not be considered
until all of the above materials are received.
For further questions about this position, please contact Dr.
Ross Wolf, search committee chair, at email@example.com.
UCF is an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply,
including minorities, women, veterans and individuals with
disabilities. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all
application materials and selection procedures available to the
public upon request.
Share and Enjoy:
If we can change the system and bring people together to have the right kind of conversations, then we can really make a long-term change in people's lives -- and that is the goal.
— Nancy Ellis,
Director, Center for Community Partnerships, UCF; Ph.D., public affairs, '07
I am especially proud to be a graduate of the program. The outstanding faculty and multidisciplinary curriculum have provided me with the unique opportunity to enjoy the kind of academic career I always envisioned.
— Joe Saviak,
Assistant Director and Associate Professor, Public Administration Program, Flagler College; Ph.D., public affairs, '07
Our goals are to offer students a venue for exploring interdisciplinary approaches to policy issues, building various skills for the professional work environment and creating comradery among PAF students.
— Lauren O'Bryne,
Doctoral Student and Secretary, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs Student Organization
I like the interactions that I have with my professors as advisors in developing my dissertation because they are critical, yet encouraging at the same time.
— Matt Bagwell,
Doctoral Student and Graduate Research Assistant, Rural Health Research Group