Public Administration Head Search

August 29, 2013

Uic spring time

The Department of Public Administration in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) invites nominations and applications for the position of Head.  The successful candidate will provide leadership for the growth of the department and a vision for its continued excellence in research, teaching, and service.

The department offers two graduate degrees: the Master in Public Administration (MPA), which is fully accredited by NASPAA, and the Ph.D.  The department also co-directs an undergraduate degree program (B.A. in Urban and Public Affairs) with CUPPA’s Urban Planning and Policy program.   The department has 12 tenured and tenure-track faculty, approximately 150 MPA students, and 31 Ph.D. students ( ).

Located just west of Chicago’s Loop, UIC is a Carnegie Research University (very high research activity) / Comprehensive doctoral. It enrolls 28,000 students and is the largest public research university in the Chicago area.  CUPPA was created in 1995 as part of UIC’s Great Cities Initiative.  It houses two academic programs (Public Administration and Urban Planning and Policy).  The college also hosts nine research centers: the Survey Research Laboratory, the Great Cities Institute, the Urban Transportation Center, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, the Great Cities Urban Data Visualization Lab, the Center for Urban Economic Development, the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, the Science, Technology and Environment Policy Laboratory and the Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement.

Professional Qualifications and Duties.   The Head is the chief administrative officer of the department with responsibility for instructional programs and for administrative, budgetary, promotion, and recruitment matters.  The Head also represents the department within the college and the university and in the larger public administration professional community as well as within the State of Illinois and the Chicago metropolitan area.

The successful candidate will have a distinguished scholarship record commensurate with the rank of full professor, a strong record of external funding or exemplary awards, a strong teaching record, and appropriate academic administrative experience.   The area of specialization is open as long as it enhances existing faculty strengths. Preference will be given to candidates with substantial backgrounds in one or more of the six core competencies of the department: public finance and financial management, science and technology policy, organizational theory and public management, survey research methods, local government administration, and nonprofit management.   Applications from underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged.

Application Procedure. To apply please submit a complete an on-line application and upload a complete curriculum vitae, a statement of qualifications, and the names and contact information of three references at Questions about the position can be directed to Professor Rebecca Hendrick, Chair, Public Administration Search Committee, Department of Public Administration (M/C 278), University of Illinois at Chicago, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL  60607-7064 (; 312.355.0305).

 The search committee will begin reviewing applications on October 15, 2013.  For information about the application process please contact Ms. Jaime Masterson at 312-413-3375 or at

The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


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