Acad. Job: Assistant Professor or Professor of Practice, Cyber Risks and Policy Strategy for National Security (LBJ School, UT Austin)

Deadline: January 5, 2024

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the nation’s preeminent academic centers for cybersecurity research and policy engagement, exemplified by relevant course offerings across campus and the work of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs now seeks a dynamic scholar or practitioner to contribute to its curricular offerings on cybersecurity and the policy-relevant activities of the Strauss Center.

The LBJ School invites applications for a Professor of Practice or a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Cyber Risks and Policy Strategy for National Security to begin in Fall of academic year 2024-25 (with an August 2024 start date). This faculty position will be housed at the LBJ School while serving as a faculty affiliate of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law.  

Strong candidates will also possess one or more of the following: senior-level experience working in or advising the U.S. government on these issues; knowledge of these issues in the context of one or more regions of importance for U.S. national-security strategy (Russia, Asia or the Middle East); and experience producing policy-relevant research designed to inform policymakers about these challenges. 

The appointee will teach core courses either in the master’s program or the new undergraduate program as well as electives in the areas of specialization described above. The appointee’s research will have direct relevance to public policy. The appointee will conduct and publish scholarly research and seek grant opportunities in support of their research and/or teaching activities. The appointee will participate in faculty governance in the LBJ School.  

As a faculty affiliate of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the appointee will also be expected to mentor students who aspire to careers in these fields; brief and otherwise inform U.S. and allied policymakers; participate in other relevant Strauss Center programs on and off campus; and otherwise participate fully in the intellectual life of the Strauss Center. 

One of the nation’s top ten programs in public affairs, the LBJ School comprises more than 40 faculty members and approximately 300 graduate students, and offers multi-disciplinary curricula leading to the degrees of Master of Public Affairs, Master of Global Policy Studies, and Ph.D. in Public Policy. The Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law integrates expertise from across the University of Texas at Austin, as well as from the private and public sectors, in pursuit of practical solutions to emerging national and international challenges. Toward that end, the Strauss Center sponsors a wide array of research programs and educational initiatives. These include nationally recognized programs on National Security Law, Cybersecurity, Technology and Global Affairs, the U.S.-Mexico Border, U.S. policy toward Asia, and Space Policy. The Strauss Center also offers numerous fellowship and scholarship programs for UT-Austin students with an interest in international security.


A master’s degree in a related field is required for a Professor of Practice position. For a tenure-track Assistant Professor, a PhD is required. ABD candidates will be considered if the doctoral degree will be complete by the time of employment. Experience in college teaching and evidence of scholarship or scholarly potential is preferred.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates can submit their cover letter, CV, statement of teaching, three years of teaching evaluations (or fewer if unavailable), three letters of reference, and one article-length writing sample via Interfolio. Questions about the position can be directed to David Eaton at Questions about the application can be directed to Shannon LaFevers at  

The search committee will begin considering applications January 5th. The position will remain open until filled.

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