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Professor and Head of Department of Politics and Public Administration (Ref.: 517470)

Posted On: 2022-12-05

Applications are invited for appointment as Professor and Head of the Department of Politics and Public Administration (Ref. 517470), to commence as soon as possible, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract. Exceptionally outstanding candidates may be considered for appointment on direct tenure terms subject to University's approval.

The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Social Sciences

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is committed to the highest international standards of excellence in teaching and research, and has been at the global forefront of academic scholarship for many years. The Faculty of Social Sciences was established in 1967 and consists of six Departments. Underpinning the Departments are the Faculty’s strategic research clusters and commitments to diverse research methodologies, which represent the areas of strength in which the Faculty is investing further resources to elevate the scale and impact of our research.

The Department of Politics and Public Administration

The Department of Politics and Public Administration is structured around four diverse streams: Comparative Politics (CP), International Relations (IR), Political Theory (PT), and Public Administration (PA). The Department’s long-standing tradition is to promote international excellence in research by creating a collegial environment that supports individuals in pursuing their research interests. Research in these areas is strongly supported by two long standing taught Masters programmes - Master of International and Public Affairs (MIPA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA), and a professional doctorate in Public Administration (DPA), and by the Centre for Civil Society and Governance and the Research Hub on Institutions in China anchored in the department. More information about the Department can be obtained at

The Department is looking for a visionary leader who will be responsible for both strategic and operational leadership within the Department, and contribute a significant voice in the leadership structure of the Faculty. Through effective leadership and coordination, he/she will champion the activities of the Department and will seek to align them with the Faculty’s strategic research areas. We seek a scholar of the highest academic credentials who has a commitment to helping build a community of scholars. The area of research expertise is open, but the appointee should have the experience and capability required to lead the Department. The appointee will lead strategic planning within the Department to deliver positive outcomes across our research and teaching programmes. He/She will bring energy, experience in leadership and administration, and strong interpersonal skills to the role.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income. The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totalling up to 15% of basic salary. Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

The University only accepts online application for the above post. Applicants should apply online and upload (1) an up-to-date C.V. with contact information of three referees, (2) a cover letter, (3) a research plan, (4) a statement on teaching philosophy, and (5) an outline of the vision and mission as Head of Department. Review of applications will commence as soon as possible and continue until December 31, 2022 (Extended to January 31, 2023), or until the post is filled, whichever is earlier.

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