Director of Oversight Scholarship

Carl Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy
Location Detroit, MI or Remote
Application deadline 28 February 2023
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
Salary $85,000 - $115,000
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The Carl Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy at Wayne State University Law School seeks to advance bipartisan, fact-based legislative oversight and promote civic discourse through training, scholarship, and public education. To pursue this mission, the Levin Center is working to promote as an academic discipline the study of legislative oversight and its relation to our democratic institutions. The Levin Center has built and maintains an online community of over 200 oversight scholars and also fosters interactions between practitioners and scholars to identify best practices and educate the public about the importance of oversight in our system of governance.

The Center is seeking a professional academic to lead the Levin Center’s research, scholarship, and teaching initiatives, which include developing and maintaining the Center’s oversight-related databases, online libraries, list-serve, and other resources for scholars; creating and teaching academic courses and other programs related to oversight and democracy; conducting oversight-related research and scholarship; and managing the Oversight Fellows program and research award.


  • A PhD or JD from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience as a scholar in political science, law, history, or a related field involving the study of government (Congress, state legislatures, or federal or state executive agencies), public policy, governmental oversight, accountability or transparency issues, federal-state relationships, government management, or democracy.
  • Ability to grasp the breadth and depth of the emerging oversight academic field, identify opportunities for new scholarship and collaboration, and position the Levin Center as an oversight research hub.
  • Expertise pertaining to database development, design, and curation, data coding, maintenance, and management.
  • Skill at academic research and analysis, with a preference for articles published in peer reviewed or similar publications.
  • Knowledge of the legislative and oversight process including legislative and administrative investigations at the congressional, federal and/or state level.
  • Familiarity with the congressional oversight community in Washington, D.C.
  • Ability to design and teach law school or other graduate level courses.
  • Highly skilled in oral and written communication and use of traditional media to communicate ideas along with proficiency with social media tools.