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.
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.