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.

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

Salary: Commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications; includes a robust benefits package.

About NIU Department of Public Administration:
The NASPAA accredited NIU MPA program ranks 6th nationally in local government management, 25th in budgeting and finance, and 40th in public management. The department is distinguished by its premier paid internship program (since 1963), which fields about 50 full time graduate internships in local government and non-profit organizations throughout metropolitan Chicago, along with a rapidly growing number of midcareer students. The department’s online MPA degree and Graduate Certificate in Public Management capitalize on the department’s expertise in local government management. Typically, 95% of MPA students are professionally employed within six months of graduation, and one-third of all Illinois city managers are NIU MPA graduates. Among the first cohort of NASPAA accredited MPA programs, the NIU MPA program boasts a network of over 1,300 alumni. NIU Department of Public Administration is nestled in a vibrant economic region that offers exceptional research opportunities for scholars in local and regional governance, and works closely with the NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies. The department is a founding unit within the School of Public and Global Affairs, along with the departments of Political Science and Economics, the Center for Governmental Studies, and the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies; there is great opportunity for interdisciplinary work with school colleagues. For more information about NIU, click here (, and the department, click here(

Application Procedures:
For full consideration, applicants must submit a cover letter that specifically addresses the candidate’s experience with administration and diversity, equity, and inclusion, a CV, and contact information for three references to by November 30, 2021. 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 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.

Pre-employment background check and verification of eligibility to work in the United States is required.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
Northern Illinois University (NIU) is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an AA/EEO employer, NIU considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.