Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs seeks as its next director a dynamic, collaborative, and visionary leader to help us deepen the impact of our innovative, engaged and interdisciplinary approaches to scholarship and practice in public policy and urban affairs. We seek nominations and applications from candidates who recognize the role of policy in perpetuating and disrupting inequities and disparities. Candidates should be prepared to help develop collaborative research agendas, expanding relationships among various communities within Northeastern University’s global networks and beyond. Ideal candidates will leverage and support the growing opportunities our University offers to engage in innovative research and teaching, including in the areas of environmental and socioeconomic resilience, racial justice, data science, artificial intelligence, and computational social science. Candidates should also be committed to the School’s efforts to center social, racial and environmental justice in every aspect of our teaching, research, campus relationships, and community engagement. Ideal candidates will demonstrate a track record of addressing issues of race and social justice through their research, and their roles in faculty and student recruitment, curriculum development, community engagement, and experiential learning.
Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs is committed to addressing the central challenges of our times, including climate change, social and racial justice and equality, urban resilience, and technological change. We do so through excellence and innovation in research and education in the areas of public policy, public administration, urban planning, international affairs, resilience studies, environmental policy, and urban informatics. We seek to inform change from the neighborhood to the global scale, developing sustained relationships with public, non-profit, and neighborhood organizations in the Boston metropolitan region, throughout Northeastern’s campus network, and in communities around the globe, while also continually expanding our national and international connections to networks of scholars and policy practitioners. The school houses the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and the Boston Area Research Initiative , and works closely with other research centers on campus, including the Institute for Health Equity and Social Justice Research, the Global Resilience Institute, the Burnes Center for Social Change and Innovation, the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, and the Institute on Race and Justice. Collaborations across Northeastern University are central to the school’s work.
Candidates should be internationally recognized scholars and excellent teachers in public policy and/or urban affairs who can envision their work contributing to existing strengths within the School and across the university. We invite scholars from a broad and diverse set of backgrounds, including those who employ qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods approaches to research, whose work is primarily domestic or international, and who are trained in a variety of policy-relevant fields.