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Public Service and Administration Department Head

The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University invites nominations and applications for the position of Department Head and Professor of Public Service and Administration, with responsibilities for a NASPAA accredited Master’s Degree in Public Service and Administration and certificate programs in Homeland Security and Nonprofit Management. The successful candidate will meet qualifications required of a tenured full professor and will assume a 10.5 month academic administrative appointment as full professor of public service and administration beginning as early as July 1, 2017, with the possibility of holding an endowed chair. In addition, the successful candidate will have a substantial record of professional and university service, with a special emphasis on graduate education and research, provide evidence of excellent leadership, communication and management skills demonstrated through leadership roles in universities, government, organizations or associations, and demonstrate a commitment to working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.

About the Degree and Certificate Programs

The Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) program develops principled leaders for the public and nonprofit sectors, providing students the tools and knowledge they will need in order to perform effectively and ethically in a time when public servants face new and increased challenges.

The MPSA program is fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration. The department also offers an Executive Master of Public Service and Administration (EMPSA), and graduate certificates in Homeland Security and in Nonprofit Management.

About the Department

The Department of Public Service and Administration at the Bush School of Government and Public Service offers three tracks of curriculum, including public management, public policy analysis, and nonprofit management. The School is ranked in the top 12 percent of graduate public affairs schools in the nation (U.S. News & World Report) and 1st in the Nation for “Best Value in MPA Programs” (Value College). The curriculum within the department is a blend of both the theoretical and the practical – providing students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for successful careers in public service. Students can choose from a number of concentrations to focus their studies including state and local government; health policy; education policy; security policy; energy, environment, and technology; international nongovernmental organizations; and individually designed concentrations offering flexibility to students with specific interests. The department continues to grow, and currently enrolls 168 full-time in-residence students, with 18 tenured or tenure-track faculty.

About the Bush School and its Institutes

Founded in 1997, the Bush School of Government and Public Service has become one of the leading public and international affairs graduate schools in the nation. One of ten schools and colleges at Texas A&M University, a tier-one research university, the School offers master's level education for students aspiring to careers in public service. The department enrolls 168 students and has 16 tenure or tenured track faculty.

The School is ranked in the top 12 percent of graduate public affairs schools in the nation, according to rankings published in U.S. News & World Report. The School now ranks thirty-first among both public and private public affairs graduate programs and nineteenth among public universities.

The School's philosophy is based on the belief of its founder, George H.W. Bush, that public service is a noble calling-a belief that continues to shape all aspects of the curriculum, research, and student experience. In addition to the Master of Public Service and Administration degree and Master of International Affairs degree, the School has an expanding online and extended education program that includes an Executive Master of Public Service and Administration degree and certificates in Advanced International Affairs, Homeland Security, and Nonprofit Management.

Located in College Station, Texas, the School's programs are housed in the Robert H. and Judy Ley Allen Building, which is part of the George Bush Presidential Library Center on the West Campus of Texas A&M. This location affords students access to the archival holdings of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, invitation to numerous events hosted by the George Bush Foundation at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, and inclusion in the many activities of the Texas A&M community.

In addition to being a part of a research intensive flagship university and having access to the George Bush Presidential Library and Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, the Bush School hosts three cutting edge research institutions.

Application Procedure

Send nominations and applications (letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references) to Dr. Frank Ashley, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (preferably as electronic attachments to Ms. Rane Cunningham at BushSchoolGBS-search@tamu.edu), The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, 4220 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-4220. Review of applications will begin May 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. As a major land-grant university, Texas A&M has both an extraordinary opportunity and a special responsibility to create and maintain a campus climate that affirms diversity of thought, background, ethnicity, and perspective. A&M is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to diversity.


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