Institute of Urban Policy

The Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis [IUPRA] is accepting applications for its Director position.

Mon, January 7, 2013





Director, Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis

The University of Texas at Austin


Job Type: Tenured

Job Rank: Professor

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College: Liberal Arts

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Department/Unit: Department of African and African Diaspora Studies

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Closing Date: Until Filled

Field of Specialization: policy related to African-American health, education, political participation, economics, law, criminal justice, social justice, or environmental justice.


Job Description:

The University of Texas at Austin: The African and African Diaspora Studies Department invites applications for the Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA).  Interested candidates should have a strong record of policy research relevant to African Americans and African-American communities in the United States related to health, education, political participation, economics, law, criminal justice, social justice, environmental justice, or a related area of policy. Individuals from disciplines including Humanities, Social Sciences, or Public Policy or representing professions such as Law, Social Work, Medicine, or Psychology are encouraged to apply.


The newly founded Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA) will conduct and promote the production of policy-relevant research with the aim of enhancing the lives of African Americans and other communities of color throughout the diaspora. The director of IUPRA will work with various legislative officials, organizations, and community stakeholders to identify issues of importance, as well as to provide research and analysis to inform public policy.  The director will be charged with: 1. articulating a vision and strategic plan for the Institute by which a strong partnership can be fostered between those in leadership positions across the state of Texas, The University of Texas, and the global academic and policy community; 2. identifying and obtaining external sources of funding, including government and foundation-sponsored grants and contracts; 3. overseeing and coordinating the work of the Institute’s permanent staff, including research associates and administrators; and 4. working with affiliated faculty and fellows in producing and disseminating policy-relevant scholarly research and publications to inform the work of policy makers and advocates.


The selected candidate must have a doctoral degree or terminal degree in their field and an established record of scholarship and teaching in any of the disciplines appropriate for a tenured full professorship in the College of Liberal Arts, as well as demonstrated commitments to policy engagement and cross-field collaboration. The selected candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses; develop a strong research program; demonstrate evidence of successful research productivity and success in obtaining external grant funds; direct graduate research; and exhibit a commitment to service to the department, college, and university. Salary is competitive and dependent on qualifications and experience. Applicants from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are especially encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted until the position is filled.


The University of Texas at Austin, the flagship institution of The University of Texas System, is one of the nation’s premier public research universities, a member of the AAU, and home to countless renowned departments, institutes and centers. One of the original eight Public Ivy institutions, UT Austin also enjoys the good fortune of being situated in the center of the capital of Texas and a quarter mile from the Texas State Capitol. Austin is rated as one of the most attractive cities in which to work and live.


Inquiries about the position should be directed to: Dr. King Davis, Search Committee Chair and inaugural IUPRA Director, at


An application consisting of: a letter of interest; curriculum vitae; two representative scholarly publications; a concise statement on administration, research, and teaching; and names and contact information for five references should be sent to: in PDF format. 




Background check conducted on applicant selected.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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