The Academic Job Market in Public Affairs: What Characteristics Are Desired?

21 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2020

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Kenneth J. Meier

American University; Cardiff University; Leiden University - Institute of Public Administration

Rich Takacs

American University

Date Written: May 18, 2020

Abstract

This study reports the results of a survey of several hundred public affairs faculty concerning what they look for when evaluating candidates for academic positions. Although fit with program needs is the most important criteria followed by publications, there is a great deal of diversity on what faculty value in job candidates. Faculty from PhD granting institutions place more emphasis on research and publications while those at non-PhD granting programs focus more on department fit and teaching experience. Faculty with greater experience are more likely to emphasize letters of recommendation and the quality of the dissertation.

Keywords: academic jobs, public affairs, higher education

JEL Classification: M51, J21, J23

Suggested Citation

Meier, Kenneth J. and Takacs, Richard, The Academic Job Market in Public Affairs: What Characteristics Are Desired? (May 18, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3604270 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3604270

Kenneth J. Meier (Contact Author)

American University ( email )

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Cardiff University ( email )

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Leiden University - Institute of Public Administration ( email )

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Richard Takacs

American University ( email )

Washington, DC 20016
United States

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