Remembering John Mikesell

John MikesellJohn Mikesell, 2002 recipient of the Aaron Wildavsky Award and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of the O’Neill School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, passed away September 12th at the age of 76. Dr. Mikesell’s six-decade career as an academic, researcher, author, and advisor in public finance is among the most diverse, impressive, and contributory to the field represented by ABFM.

“There is not a subfield of public finance and budgeting where one cannot find the reach of John’s work,” said Siân Mooney, Dean of the O’Neill School of Public & Environmental Affairs in a statement.

Dr. Mikesell was a relentless researcher on a variety of public finance topics, constantly publishing numerous articles and presenting at multiple conferences. He was the author of six books, and he is best known as the author of Fiscal Administration, Analysis and Applications for the Public Sector, a standard text for graduate-level study of public finance and budgeting.

“John Mikesell was a scholar’s scholar, epitomizing the academic ideal of the uncompromising pursuit of the truth for the betterment of the public,” said Justin Ross, Chair of Policy Analysis and Public Finance for the O’Neill School of Public & Environmental Affairs. “He was invaluable to those in his orbit for his honest assessments, sage advice, and, above all else, friendship.”

Dr. Mikesell also worked directly with all levels of government. He served three decades with the Indiana State Revenue Forecast Technical Committee, preparing estimates of state revenues. He also served on seven missions for the World Bank, and as Chief Fiscal Economist in a fiscal reform team assisting  Ukraine’s Ministry of Finance. His service to Indiana University, where he served on faculty from 1973 to 2016, included roles as chair of the economics and finance faculty, MPA director, director of international public administration partnerships, director of professional graduate programs, and associate dean for academic affairs.

“He was a good friend and a great scholar, teacher and mentor,” said Sarah Larson, former student of Dr. Mikesell’s and Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida. “His presence in the field and my life will be missed.”

ABFM will honor this giant of our field during a special session, “Life, Work, and Legacy of John Mikesell,” at our upcoming Annual Conference on Thursday, September 26th, 4:45 p.m., in Quads 1-3 of the Washington Marriott Georgetown.

Click Here for Statement from O’Neill School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

Click Here for Recent Interview with Dr. Mikesell on the Academics of PA Podcast

Position Announcement: Faculty, Public Policy, University of Nebraska Omaha

Faculty Position Announcement – Public Policy
School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska Omaha

The School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska Omaha, seeks applicants for a tenure-track
faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor with an emphasis in public policy, to begin
August 2020. A PhD in Public Administration, Public Affairs, Public Policy, or a related field is required by
the employment start date. We seek candidates who will make significant contributions in our doctoral
and masters programs in teaching and research that broadly connects policy processes to public and
nonprofit management and the larger governance environment. The course teaching load for this
position is 2:2. Candidates should also be able to teach in both face-to-face and online settings, and
demonstrate promise of excellence in research, teaching, and a commitment to community
engagement. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2019 and continue until the position is

The School of Public Administration boasts a supportive and collaborative academic culture. It is home
to one of the longest-accredited MPA programs in the country, enrolling approximately 275 graduate
students each year, offering the program both online and on campus. The MPA program is ranked
among the top 10-percent of all such programs in the upcoming 2019 edition of America’s Best
Graduate Schools, and is ranked #6 in Public Budgeting and Finance, and #11 in Nonprofit Management.
The School is also home to one of the few Ph.D. programs in Public Administration in the Great Plains
region; faculty regularly have the opportunity to work with Ph.D. students. The University of Nebraska at
Omaha is a Carnegie Doctoral Research University. For more information, visit our web page
at or contact the chair of the search committee: Dr. Gary S. Marshall

To apply for this position, please go to The
application must include: current curriculum vita; a letter addressing experience and qualifications; the
names and contact information for three references; and evidence of teaching excellence, productive
scholarly research, and commitment to community engagement.

The university and school have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. We
are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and
strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor, Public Management, UNC-Chapel Hill

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School of Government, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Background: Established as the Institute of Government in 1931, the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill has 46 faculty members and its mission is to improve the lives of North Carolinians through engaged scholarship that helps public officials understand and improve state and local government. For more information about the School’s mission and history, visit The UNC-Chapel Hill MPA Program ( is recognized as a top program nationally.

Position: The School of Government seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor who specializes in public management. This faculty member will work with state and local government officials in North Carolina to improve the operations of service delivery through the use of performance information and will engage in rigorous and relevant research about performance management systems. This position offers the faculty member access to important research data compiled at the School of Government, including data from the North Carolina Benchmarking Project (the nation’s longest running local government benchmarking project).

The successful candidate must be well-versed in performance management, benchmarking, practical analytic techniques, and research methods, and must be committed to engaged scholarship. The School of Government anticipates that this faculty member will advance both the theory and practice of performance management. The person selected will teach, advise, research, and prepare publications for state and local officials, as well as have the opportunity to teach in the School’s highly ranked MPA program and contribute to the broader public management discipline.

Work is centered in Chapel Hill, but requires occasional travel and consultation around the state. Faculty appointments are year-round (rather than for the nine-month academic year).

The School of Government recognizes the importance of an educational and work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued. To that end, we are strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. For more information about the School’s commitment to diversity, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page:

Educational requirements: Doctorate in public administration or management, political science, public policy, or a related field

Qualifications and experience: Commitment to public service, ability to work effectively with diverse audiences, and a record of, or demonstrated potential for, practically focused and engaged teaching, advising, and scholarship required. Candidates with practical, applied experience in performance management in the public or private sectors are encouraged to apply. Specific experience working in state or local government or teaching public administration courses is also desirable.

Application: Position will remain open until filled. Expected starting date is January 1, 2020 or a later date negotiated by the selected candidate. To apply, submit a resume, writing sample, references, and a cover letter describing your interest in the position at

For more information, contact: Aimee Wall, recruiting committee chair, at or School of Government; CB# 3330, Knapp-Sanders Building; UNC-Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3330

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University

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Assistant Professor – Public Administration

The Department of Public Administration at Northern Illinois University invites applications for an assistant professor position to begin August 2020 to support our nationally ranked MPA program located in global Chicago’s metropolitan region. Strong preference will be given to candidates whose research focuses on the local government level (research subject field is open).


Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD in Public Administration, Public Management, Public Affairs or related field by August 15, 2020 from a college or university accredited by the US Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization.
  • Demonstrated tenurable research record (or the potential for one) in core public and nonprofit management subjects of the MPA degree, including budgeting and finance, human resources management, information technology, organization theory and behavior, and performance measurement and management.
  • Ability to teach in the program’s local government management specializations and select core MPA courses.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated competency for research and teaching related to local government management and community governance.
  • Experience teaching and mentoring students of diverse backgrounds is highly preferred
  • Experience engaging with public service practitioners.
  • Experience teaching online courses, especially at the graduate level.

A description of the program’s core courses and specializations is at <>. In addition to the MPA Program, Department faculty teach undergraduate courses for three university majors, and in the political science doctoral program.

The main NIU campus is located in DeKalb, Illinois, 60 miles west of Chicago. NIU enrolls more than 19,000 students, including a graduate body of about 5,000, and instruction is offered in DeKalb and three other sites – Hoffman Estates, Rockford and Naperville, to serve metropolitan Chicago students. NIU is nestled in a vibrant economic region that offers exceptional research opportunities for scholars in local government, and works closely with the University’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, and the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies; there is great opportunity for interdisciplinary work with school colleagues.

The NASPAA accredited MPA program ranks 4th nationally in local government management, 17th in budgeting and finance, 21st in nonprofit management, and 32nd in public management and leadership. The department fields about 50 full time graduate internships in local government and non-profit organizations throughout metropolitan Chicago, and a rapidly growing number of part-time midcareer students. The department launched its online MPA in local government management in 2018. 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. The MPA program celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013-14 and boasts a network of nearly 1,400 alumni.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online at A review of applications will begin after October, 3, 2019; the search will remain open until the position is filled. Applicants invited to campus will be asked for three letters of reference. Potential applicants or nominators can contact Dr. Kurt Thurmaier for information at 815-753-0311 or email A pre-employment background check is required. Northern Illinois University is an AA/EEO institution and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

EEO Statement, Visa Policy, ADA Accommodation, Clery Act Information

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Acting Ethics and Compliance Officer, Title IX Coordinator
Altgeld Hall 238

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-4544

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document from upon hire.

NIU remains committed to ensuring that its recruitment and application procedures include full opportunities for applicants with disabilities. Employment opportunities will not be denied to anyone because of the need to make accommodations for a person’s disability during either the application or interview process. An applicant who believes they require an accommodation to participate in the employment process due to a disability may request that accommodation through the Accommodation Request Form. This form can be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADEI) at 815-753-8399.

NIU provides information regarding campus security, personal and fire safety, including topics such as: crime prevention, emergency response procedures and crime reporting policies, in addition to crime and fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. The Annual Security Report containing security and safety information is available at or by contacting the University Police Department and Public Safety Department at 815-753-9628 to receive a hard copy. The Annual Fire Safety Report is available at or by contacting the Environmental Health and Safety Department at 815-753-0404 to receive a hard copy.

Position Announcement: Director of Finance, McHenry County, IL

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Director of Finance, McHenry County, Illinois (pop. 309,000). Located in northeastern Illinois within a short drive from Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee, McHenry County is offering an exciting opportunity in one of Illinois’ premier places to live and work. McHenry County is recognized for its scenic beauty and outstanding recreational opportunities. The County seat, located in Woodstock, provides excellent cultural, recreational and educational amenities.

The Director of Finance is a key part of the County’s management team in a financially stable organization, and reports to the County Administrator. The County maintains a Aaa bond rating from Moody’s Investor Services, and has earned the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for several consecutive years.

The County is seeking a technically skilled and collaborative Director of Finance to lead the County’s Finance Department and a variety of financial activities. The County’s Finance Department, within the County Administrator’s Office, includes six employees and is responsible for accounting, financial reporting, budget development, payroll and accounts payable. The County Administration develops and manages an overall County budget of approximately $220 million.

The County is seeking an ethical and experienced professional with strong technical and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate must have an inclusive managerial style, as well as clear, concise, and open communication skills.

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a record of leadership, problem solving and decisiveness;
  • Possess a passion for public service; and
  • Have a desire to work collaboratively with members of the finance team and with other departments on the delivery of County services.

Candidates should also have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, economics, business administration or related field; a Master’s degree and/or CPA is ideal, but not required;
  • Seven to ten years of experience in a government setting or demonstrable skills in governmental fund accounting;
  • Working knowledge of financial management/ERP systems; and
  • Supervisory experience.

The starting salary range is $120,000 – $130,000 +/- DOQ. A competitive benefit package is offered which includes participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Candidates should apply by September 23, 2019 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five work-related references to to the attention of Lee Szymborski, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA, 630 Dundee Road, #130, Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: 847-380-3240. McHenry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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