Professor of Public Policy
WFH Flexible South Royalton, VT Faculty
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Professor of Public Policy 

Open Rank Faculty

Location: South Royalton, VT (hybrid or remote option possible)  

Vermont Graduate School at Vermont Law and Graduate School (VLGS) invites applications for an open-rank professor in public policy in the graduate school. Candidates with specializations in criminal justice, restorative justice, environmental policy, strategic communication and advocacy, or community resilience are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be able to teach in one of our seven master’s degrees and in a forthcoming master’s degree in public policy to launch in fall 2024. Expectations will include teaching fundamental courses in public policy alongside specialized courses consistent with their subfield of study. Candidates should be comfortable teaching both online and in-person.

In addition to teaching and active student engagement, faculty have both research and service expectations. It is expected that faculty have a coherent research agenda and be published, or have the potential to be published, in either academic journals or applied policy outlets. Further, faculty are expected to provide service to VLGS and engage with other professionals and the public to contribute to the intellectual exchange of ideas and improve public policy and the law. There will be additional opportunities related to the growth and development of the Master of Public Policy program. We are looking for a faculty member who thinks creatively about their pedagogical and curricular approaches and is willing to work collaboratively with colleagues across VLGS.

Vermont Graduate School is a newly launched graduate school functioning alongside Vermont Law School, under the new umbrella of Vermont Law and Graduate School. Vermont Law School was established in 1972 and has been a leader in environmental law and policy since its inception. Our campus uses both historic preservation alongside modern technologies to minimize our environmental impact and endorse sustainable practices. We are also home to the National Center on Restorative Justice and place social justice at the center of our work. Our students engage in this work alongside our faculty in our Center for Justice Reform, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Animal Law Policy Institute, Environmental Advocacy Clinic, Environmental Justice Clinic, and Institute for Energy and the Environment. 

VLGS is in the picturesque community of South Royalton, Vermont, a small town on the banks of the beautiful White River. We are located in the Upper Valley of Vermont, anchored by communities such as Lebanon and Hanover, NH and White River Junction, VT. We are an hour and fifteen minutes south of Burlington, VT and two hours and fifteen minutes north of Boston, MA.


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in public policy or equivalent doctoral degree in a closely related discipline (e.g., Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Urban/Rural Studies, Public Administration, Community Development, Restorative Justice).
  • Teaching experience in core public policy topics such as policy analysis, introduction to public policy, applied qualitative or quantitative research methods, politics of policymaking, etc.
  • Professional public policy experience in one of the aforementioned subfields.
  • Experience developing new academic programs.

Applicants must complete an online application and electronically submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a research agenda, (4) course evaluations and (5) the names and contact information of three references. VLGS will only contact references for finalists. VLGS strongly encourages applications from those who would bring increased diversity to our community. 

Priority will be given to applications received before December 1st, 2023

Vermont Law and Graduate School is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness. We grow and learn better together with a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students. In recruiting for faculty and staff, we seek unique backgrounds to enrich and challenge our community. As part of our commitment to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, candidates who meet the qualifications for this position and who require accommodations to apply should contact Human Resources at Vermont Law and Graduate School strives to raise the bar for being an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, place of birth, marital status, disability, veteran's status, HIV status, pregnancy, genetic information, health insurance status, and crime victim status.   

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