Job ID: 175741

Research Scientist/Associate or Full Professor

University of Kansas

  • Jan. 3, 2022
 
  • Research Scientist/Associate or Full Professor
  • Inst for Policy & Social Res
  • University of Kansas
    Lawrence, KS
 
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
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  • Research Scientist/Associate
    Associate Professor
    Professor
  • Public Policy & Administration
    Economics - General
 
 

Position Overview

The Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR) is a faculty-driven research center supporting social scientists who focus on social problems and policy-relevant questions. The Institute for Policy & Social Research is comprised of seven research centers, several research workgroups, over 100 faculty affiliates, research administration infrastructure, a data analysis group, a graduate student fellowship program and an education evaluation group. IPSR supports KU social scientists in the development and pursuit of research through sponsored project proposal development and administrative management, data collection and management, computing services, and other research assistance. IPSR also sponsors conferences, workshops and seminars throughout the year for university and external audiences.

We are seeking a Research Scientist/Associate or Full Professor for the Institute for Policy & Social Research. The Research Scientist will hold a joint appointment (research and tenured) within IPSR and any one of the following departments at KU in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology or the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Candidates will be considered at the Associate Professor/Associate Scientist or Full Professor/Senior Scientist level depending upon their credentials. The Research Scientist must be a visionary leader and excellent communicator who will be responsible for advancing IPSR’s mission and overseeing the implementation of its strategic goals. IPSR’s mission is to conduct cutting-edge social science and policy-relevant research. IPSR facilitates and supports fundamental and cross-disciplinary research on social problems and issues. The Institute provides policy-relevant research to Kansas state and local governments as well as the federal government.

The Research Scientist will also be expected to assume leadership responsibility in collaboration with the KU faculty and IPSR staff for generating external funding from public and private sources to maintain a significant program of national and international research related to the mission of IPSR. The Research Scientist will possess a robust interest and commitment to policy-relevant research around the areas of regional economic development, public finance, labor markets, demography, education, and/or health.

As the state’s flagship university, KU is a major comprehensive research and teaching university that serves as a center for learning, scholarship, and creative endeavor for more than 28,000 students and 2,800 faculty. Founded in 1865, KU is a designated Carnegie comprehensive doctoral research university and one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).

The KU main campus is located in Lawrence, Kansas, a vibrant university community of 96,000 that is 30 minutes from Kansas City. Lawrence has a rich history with a beloved downtown, distinctive neighborhoods, outstanding public schools, several nearby universities, an abundance of cultural, sports, entertainment and recreational opportunities, and a variety of local and custom cuisines.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the Jayhawks Rising Strategic Plan (See https://jayhawksrising.ku.edu/). The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the time of appointment.

Job Description

Research Scientist, Joint appointment with the Institute for Policy & Social Research and Economics and/or School of Public Affairs and Administration.

Associate/Senior Scientist: (50%) / Professor: (50%)
Research Investigator/Research: (25%)
1. Design, prepare and submit grant proposals to external funding agencies linked to IPSR’s mission.
2. Manage the scientific and programmatic aspects of funded research projects in compliance with applicable laws and institutional policies
3. Publish research results in scholarly journals and present findings at professional local and national conferences and meetings
4. Recruit, train, and supervise research teams

Leadership and Research Administration: (20%)
1. Support the mission and strategic vision of IPSR and provide leadership in the implementation of the strategic plan and scholarly program continuity.
2. Stimulate, identify, and seek external funding across a variety of funding mechanisms and sources including federal (e.g. US Department of Health and Human Services, National Science Foundation, US Department of Education, etc.), state, and private funding agencies
3. Mentor and lead IPSR faculty and staff and other partners’ grant proposal development and submission in support of their individual programs of research, and in leadership and service
4. Where applicable, work with national, state and local government policymakers and thought leaders on informing policy decisions.

Service: (5%)
1. Serve on committees at the department, college, university, local, national, and international levels.
2. Collegiality. All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, http://policy.ku.edu/provost/faculty-code.

Associate or Full Professor (50%)
Teaching/Advising: (20%)
1. Serve as a faculty member in the Economics Department, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology at KU
2. As part of a tenured academic appointment, the candidate will offer two courses per academic year
3. Serve as Advisor or Co-Advisor for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students, and mentor postdoctoral researchers associated with research projects for which the Director serves as PI

Research (20%)
1. Design, prepare and submit grant proposals to external funding agencies linked to IPSR’s mission.
2. Manage the scientific and programmatic aspects of funded research projects in compliance with applicable laws and institutional policies
3. Publish research results in scholarly journals and present findings at professional local and national conferences and meetings

Service: (10%)
1. Serve on committees at the department, college, university, local, national, and international levels.

Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through: (a) descriptions of research agenda and teaching philosophy in letter of application, (b) record of accomplishments and productivity included in curriculum vitae, and © information provided from three professional references.
A PhD in economics, public policy, political science, sociology, or psychology.
Evidence of external funding, as principal or co-principal investigator, from federal agencies such as US Department of Education, US Department of Health and Human Services, and/or the National Science Foundation; and/or leadership in directing research at a federal agency.
Evidence of established dissemination record over at least a six-year period including peer-reviewed publications and presentations
Demonstrated potential to teach effectively both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Demonstrated potential to work collaborative interdisciplinary environments.
Eligibility for appointment with tenure at the rank of Associate Professor/Associate Scientist.

For appointment at the rank of Full Professor/Senior Scientist, all of the above are required in addition to the following:
The individual must have an established record of excellence in funding and a well-established scholarly reputation for research and public in their area of specialization.
Hold an active extramural grant.
Demonstrated excellence in outstanding teaching and mentoring abilities for undergraduate and graduate students.
Be engaged in other professional activities including professional organizations, university committees, scientific review boards, etc.
Candidate must meet KU standards to be appointed at the rank of Full Professor with tenure.

Preferred Qualifications

A strong record of service, as evidenced by participation on editorial review boards, grant review panels, professional organizations, state level partnerships, or community advisory boards.

Contact Information to Applicants

Jena Gunter
kujena@ku.edu

Additional Candidate Instruction

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/20616BR. A complete application includes an online application with the following information included: (1) a cover letter outlining how your research will complement the activities current at IPSR; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; (3) a research statement; (4) a teaching statement; and (5) the names and contact information for 3 professional references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters:
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Review Begins15-Dec-2021
Anticipated Start Date

18-Aug-2022

Position Number00008481
Unit

Economics or School of Public Affairs & Admin

Primary CampusUniversity of Kansas Lawrence Campus
FTE

1.0

Reg/TempRegular
Employee Class

F-Faculty

Disclaimer

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY 9for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).


 
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