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Chair, Department of Public Administration - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (6340) (SEARC...

Northern Illinois University (NIU)
DeKalb, IL

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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Chair, Department of Public Administration - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (6340) (SEARCH EXTENDED)



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Public Administration

Position Description Summary:

Northern Illinois University invites applications for the position of the Chair of the Department of Public Administration (DPA). This is a 12-month tenured position with rank of associate or full professor to begin July 1, 2022.

We seek a chair that is a strong communicator and will provide strategic, academic, administrative, and visionary leadership to distinguish the department in its research, teaching and service missions. The chair will help realize the DPA’s mission to improve the quality of life for all in local communities by strengthening professional and ethical public and nonprofit management through our teaching, scholarship and community engagement. The successful applicant will (1) possess an outstanding record of academic and research accomplishment, (2) promote excellence in graduate education and recruitment and retention of excellent students, (3) build strong connections with local governments and communities, alumni, stakeholders, professional associations, other disciplines, departments, and institutions, and (4) demonstrate leadership and administrative abilities through a compelling vision for the impact of the Department on the field and profession of public administration.

Job Responsibilities:
In addition to research and teaching obligations, the duties of this position include: supervising all office staff and the Assistant to the Chair; being responsible for the Department budget and finances; determining the teaching schedule for each Department faculty member and instructor, for both undergraduate and graduate level courses; chairing the Department Personnel Committee; establishing the service assignments for Department faculty and staff; being the primary representative of the Department for external relationships; overseeing the completion of Department reports, evaluations, accreditation reviews, and external requests for information; updating and implementing the Department’s strategic plans on an annual basis; chairing meetings of the faculty; and seeking input annually from the faculty regarding the performance review of the Assistant to the Chair and office staff.

Required Qualifications:

Candidates must have (1) a PhD in Public Administration, Public Management, Public Affairs or related field, (2) excellence in teaching and research commensurate with rank of associate or full professor and the standards for full or senior graduate faculty status in the department, (3) at least 3 years of academic administrative experience, and (4) a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and/or inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

The field of specialization is open but should complement departmental strengths in local government management, budgeting and finance, public or nonprofit management.

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Commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity; position includes a robust benefits package.

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Application Procedures:

For full consideration, applicants must submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by March 28, 2022. Applications received after November 30, 2021 are welcomed, but will be considered as needed.The letter of application and CV will be shared with the current faculty. Potential applicants or nominators having any questions can contact Dr. Eunju Rho, Search Committee Chair, at [email protected]. NIU and the Department of Public Administration value diversity in its faculty, staff and student body. In keeping with this commitment, our academic community strongly encourages applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.

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EEO Statement:

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Health Services 230
[email protected]

Visa Policy:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

ADA Accommodation:

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. For further assistance, please contact the office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Education (AAEOE) at [email protected].

Safety Information:

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

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Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive research university offering programs from the baccalaureate through the doctorate. Colleges include business, education, engineering and engineering technology, law, liberal arts and sciences, health and human sciences, and visual and performing arts. On-campus enrollment is approximately 18,000 students. The university also offers more than 200 extension courses each semester to students in communities throughout northern Illinois.

The main campus is located in DeKalb, 65 miles west of Chicago's "Loop" and 40 miles southeast of Rockford. In addition to the main campus, NIU has three education centers in Hoffman Estates, Rockford, and Naperville. DeKalb/Sycamore, with a population of about 50,000, is a modern paradox, a rural/urban community. It is simultaneously recognized for its manufacturing and rich farmlands. The site of the first manufacture of barbed wire and the development of hybrid seed corn are evidence of its diversified history. The blend of industry and agriculture, coupled with the cultural and recreational facilities of the university and supplemented by easy access to Chicago and Rockford, provide an enjoyable environment in which to live.

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