Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

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Director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics
The University of Akron

The University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, in cooperation with the Department of Political Science, is seeking applicants for the position of Director.  This 12-month position starting as early as January 2022 but no later than July 1, 2022 includes an appointment as a tenured Professor or Associate Professor of Political Science. The successful candidate will oversee the activities of the Bliss Institute, including managing its budget, supervising its full-time and part-time staff, coordinating research projects (including polling activities), administering its extensive internship program, and hosting conferences. The Director will be a faculty member of the Department of Political Science with teaching responsibilities and will be responsible for administering the Institute’s academic programs, including the Master of Applied Politics [MAP] degree program and the Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate in Applied Politics. Further responsibilities include liaising with university, local, state, and national officials, engaging with the media, and promoting the overall mission of the Institute.


Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate must be a highly experienced scholar with a Ph.D. in Political Science or a closely related field, with a record of publications in peer-reviewed journals and / or academic presses; have a record of teaching at the university level; and have a strong record of administrative experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

Competency in research methods with a demonstrable interest in applied politics at the state and / or national levels; experience in public policy, especially at the state and local levels; and previous experience in hosting conferences in an academic and / or governmental setting.



The Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics is a bipartisan research and teaching institute dedicated to increasing understanding of the political process with special emphasis on political parties, grassroots activity, and ethical behavior. It collaborates with the State of Ohio and local government entities in promoting this mission and advancing a bipartisan understanding and appreciation of the political system and process for scholars, students, and citizens. Its applied activities include the creation and publication of research projects (such as polling and public policy analysis), the development of relevant academic curriculum, the promotion of public education activities (including eminent speakers and guest lecturers), and the preparation of students for future public service. Additional information on the University and the Bliss Institute may be found, respectively, at


About University of Akron:
As one of the largest employers in the region, The University of Akron is creating a community and workforce committed to making a difference in the lives of our students and in the region. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package to qualified candidates who are passionate about shaping and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, experts, artists and leaders.


Application Deadline:

Open until filled, however, review of applicants will begin September 1, 2021.

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Job ID # 12850


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