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School of Public Affairs & Administration seeks New Director

Friday, December 13, 2013

The School of Public Affairs and Administration, a division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, invites applications for the Director position, which is expected to begin as early as August 18, 2014. KU seeks to hire an individual who will provide future-oriented leadership to a dynamic program with a strong tradition of excellence in professional education, research creativity, and collegial decision making. We invite candidates from a wide range of academic backgrounds with an interest in public affairs and administration education and research. Individuals with strong academic credentials and senior public service leadership outside university settings are also encouraged to apply.

The University of Kansas, School of Public Affairs & Administration (SPAA) is highly ranked and collegial, with an outstanding research and teaching faculty and nationally ‐ recruited students. The School serves the flagship campus in Lawrence, as well as campuses in nearby Topeka and the Kansas City metro area. The MPA program is consistently rated among the best, particularly in the areas of City Management/Urban Policy and Public Management. The department supports a small undergraduate program at the Kansas City metro campus and a small, distinguished doctoral program. An excellent professional education program is taught throughout the state.
The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge; and (4) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities.

Please refer to the full position description for complete details of the position and application process.



Ruth DeWitt, Communications Manager
KU School of Public Affairs and Administration
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