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Dean Search: School of Public Affairs

Photo of Ward Circle Building, the home of the School of Public Affairs at American University

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Founded in 1934, American University's School of Public Affairs is one of the top-ranked schools of public affairs in the United States. Like American University itself, the school has a deep, historical commitment to public service and attracts both undergraduate and graduate students intent on careers that serve the public interest, whether in the public, private, or non-profit sectors.

American University invites nominations and applications for the position of dean of the School of Public Affairs (SPA). This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced, visionary leader who will enhance the school's commitment to innovative approaches in public affairs education and excellence in research and service.

All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters should be sent electronically and in confidence to: 

Vivian Brocard, Vice President
Heather Brome, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
4386@imsearch.com

Search Committee Members

  • Richard Bennett, Professor of Justice, Law and Society
  • Robert Durant, Professor of Public Administration and Policy, Committee Chair
  • Tamara Hafner, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy
  • Marguerite Jimenez, graduate student
  • Kristine Kalanges, Assistant Professor of Justice, Law and Society
  • Jan Leighley, Professor of Government
  • Brenda Manley, Director of SPA Graduate Admissions
  • Tim McBride, undergraduate student
  • Candice Nelson, Associate Professor of Government
  • David Pitts, Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy
  • James Thurber, Distinguished Professor of Government, Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
  • Robert Tobias, Professor of Public Administration and Policy, Director of the Key Leadership Program and the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation
  • Jonathan Tubman, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Research
  • Jessica Waters, Assistant Professor of Justice, Law and Society
  • Mana Zarinejad, Assistant Director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs and International Research

Sara Ghebremichael will serve as the Search Committee's staff resource person.