Assistant Professor of Public Law & Government (Municipal Law Specialist)

University of Chapel Hill - School of Government, NC

As the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government offers more than 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year. Established as the Institute of Government in 1931, the School of Government’s mission is to improve the lives of North Carolinians by engaging in practical scholarship that helps public officials understand and improve state and local government.

The School offers a nationally ranked Master of Public Administration program – on campus and online – to prepare public service leaders. The School is also home to entrepreneurial and innovative initiatives that research, advise, and train in areas including public leadership, judicial education, technology, environmental finance, and development finance, among others.

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Position Summary
The School of Government seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member as a specialist in municipal law who will serve as its principal advisor to municipal attorneys.
The primary responsibilities of this position will include teaching, advising, research, and publication in the following areas:
-municipal ordinance authority, including general police powers, ordinance enforcement , and emergency management authority;
-liability and conflicts, including local government liability, public official liability, ethics for elected officials, and conflicts of interest; and,
-general municipal law, including charters, home rule, and Dillon’s Rule.

Work will also include topics of government transparency, board procedures, and local government structure.
Work is centered in Chapel Hill but requires occasional travel and consultation around the state. Faculty appointments are year-round (rather than for the nine-month academic year).
Learn more about working as a faculty member at the School of Government here:….

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
J.D., excellent writing skills, strong academic background, and a demonstrated commitment to public service required.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Five or more years of experience in local government law.

How to Apply

Please submit the following documents with your application: Cover Letter, Resume, and Writing Sample.

Job Details

Job Function
Other, Department Head/Director
Position Type
Full Time

University of Chapel Hill - School of Government


400 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
United States


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