Assistant/Associate Professor - Technology Policy

Assistant/Associate Professor Position

Governance and policy issues surrounding the development and use of autonomous systems, algorithmic decision-making, or artificial intelligence

Department of Public Administration and International Affairs  

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs  

Syracuse University


The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) seeks to hire an Assistant or Associate Professor whose work explores governance and policy issues surrounding the development and use of autonomous systems, algorithmic decision making, or artificial intelligence. These disruptive technologies have great promise but also pose considerable risks and challenges, and there are many open questions on how they should be managed. We seek a scholar working in the area. Examples of research areas of interest include, but are not limited to: labor market disruptions; privacy implications; management of risks and uncertainties; liability law; machine ethics; appropriate vs. inappropriate domains for the use of machine learning; integration of human and autonomous systems; verification and validity of systems; algorithmic transparency; algorithmic bias; national security and autonomous weapons; municipal government and smart city technologies; and cybersecurity. 


The position begins in the fall of 2019. The successful candidate will support our professional Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in International Relations programs and our doctoral program in public administration, and also may affiliate with one of Maxwell’s interdisciplinary research centers ( Although the primary focus of the position is on governance and policy, an additional plus would be the ability to contribute to our course offerings in policy analysis and data analytics by teaching in one or more of the following areas: descriptive and predictive analytics; machine learning; artificial intelligence; neural networks; network analysis; distributed computing; natural language processing; data mining; or data visualization. Finally, we seek someone who can also lead and contribute to externally funded projects and to interdisciplinary research initiatives across the University. 

The PAIA department is housed within the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, which is committed to citizenship education at the undergraduate level and to graduate education in public affairs and the social sciences. The department seeks candidates who complement the broader Maxwell mission, have interdisciplinary interests and are interested in training future leaders in public and international affairs.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in public policy, public administration, economics, political science, or a related social science, or in an appropriate interdisciplinary field. However, applicants from other fields with substantial experience in public policy will also be considered. Rank and salary commensurate with experience and professional accomplishments.

For consideration, candidates must complete an online faculty application (available at, job# 074079) and attach online the following: a letter of interest and a CV, a sample of professional writing, a statement of teaching philosophy, and evidence of quality teaching. Files may be no larger than 5MB, but you may submit an external link to a larger file if needed.

In addition, applicants will be required to provide the full email addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive with full consideration given to those received by October 31. However, we will continue to consider applications until the position is filled.


Syracuse University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to equality of opportunity and a diverse work force. Women, military veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.