Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Assistant Professor, Data Science and Public Policy/Management

Posted: 11/9/2018 (Employment)


The Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, at the University of Washington, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in Fall 2019 (100% FTE, 9-month appointment). The Assistant Professor will be expected to use data science to improve public policy and public management. The successful candidate will be expected to use data analytics to address the design, implementation, and measurement challenges in public policy, for e.g., environment and natural resource use, transportation, housing, health, education or development more generally. Relevant applications include the acquisition, curation, merging, management, analysis (e.g. machine learning and other approaches), visualization and sharing of big and complex data, to improve the design, delivery, and evaluation of public programs. The Assistant Professor will be expected to consider the equity, bias, and ethical implications of using predictive analytics and algorithms in public management. In addition to scholarship, the successful candidate will help us as we build our curriculum to equip our students to use data for more effective management in the public and non-profit sectors, and to inform the policies and regulations that balance innovation, efficiency, security, and privacy. The Assistant Professor will be expected to comfortably use the language, ecosystem, and applications of data science in the public and nonprofit sector, and to engage with University-wide efforts (e.g., eScience InstituteUrbanalyticsCenter for Statistics in the Social Sciences, Global Innovation Exchange). Successful applicants should be prepared to teach in the core of our undergraduate, MPA, and/or PhD programs.  All UW faculty engage in teaching, research and service.

The University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy & Governance is recognized as one of the best public affairs programs in the country. The School is located in close proximity to a strong public-sector environment and has partnerships with organizations that lead the way to drive change for the public good. University of Washington offers one of the most exceptional research and teaching environments in the United States. UW is the most innovative public university in the world, per Reuters’ ranking. Seattle is a region of explosive growth, global trade, technological advancement, a thriving nonprofit community, and a long history of innovative government. It is also a cultural metropolis surrounded by the unparalleled natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle is home to numerous major technology firms (e.g., Amazon, Microsoft, Tableau) and a thriving data science community. Seattle offers a quality of life that is among the highest in the country, with beautiful lakes and parks, incredible walkability, bike lanes, and a lively music and cultural scene.


To be considered, an applicant must have, or be expected to have by the fall of 2019, a PhD or foreign equivalent in a relevant field.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a formal letter of interest indicating teaching and research interests, curriculum vitae, at least three letters of recommendation, samples of research work, a teaching statement and course evaluations, if available. Applicants should also submit a statement that describes how the applicant’s experiences, teaching, research, and/or service have the potential to support the Evans School’s mission and values, especially our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. In accord with the University’s expressed commitment to excellence and equity, any contributions in scholarship and research, teaching, and service that address diversity and equal opportunity shall be included and considered among the professional and scholarly qualifications for appointment and promotion. Candidates who do not submit all required materials or fail to satisfy minimum qualifications cannot be considered for this position.

Applications should be submitted to Interfolio. Applications received by December 2, 2018 will receive full consideration. On-campus visits are expected during the winter quarter of 2019.  Review will continue, on a rolling basis, until the position is filled. Contact: Julianne Slate, Academic Services Program Coordinator,

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Deadline: 12/02/2018

Location: Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, UW