Public Policy Faculty Position, University of Nebraska Omaha (Review Begins 11/15/15)

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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 an open rank faculty position with an emphasis in public policy, to begin August 2016. A PhD in Public Administration, Public Affairs, Public Policy, or a related field is required. We seek candidates who will make significant contributions in our doctoral and masters programs and whose work broadly connects policy processes, including design and implementation, to public and/or nonprofit management and the larger governance environment. Candidates should have a strong research record, demonstrated excellence in teaching and a commitment to community engagement related to these areas, commensurate with rank. This position is a strategic priority for the School and aligned with the University priority on Doctoral/Graduate Research.


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. The MPA program is ranked among the top 15 percent of all such programs in U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools (2013 edition) and is offered both online and on campus. The School also has a growing M.S. in Urban Studies program and is home to one of the few Ph.D. programs in Public Administration in the Great Plains region. The University is a Carnegie Doctoral Research University. For more information, visit our web page at or contact the chair of the search committee: Dr. Angela Eikenberry (

To apply for this position, please go to Current curriculum vita; a letter addressing professional experience and qualifications; the names and contact information for three references; and evidence of teaching excellence, productive scholarly research, and commitment to community engagement must be included in the application. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

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.

Faculty Openings (Multiple): University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs

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The School of Public Affairs (SPA) at CU Denver plans to hire for 3 tenure/tenure-track positions to start in fall 2016. One hire will be at the Assistant Professor level and will focus on advancing theoretical and/or methodological approaches in the study of policy and politics involving the environment and/or natural hazards (an area where we are ranked #10 by US News and World Report). Two hires may either be at the Assistant or Associate level. One of these will be in the area of nonprofit management (where we are ranked #14 by US News and World Report) and the other will be in the areas of local government and/or public management. Candidates with expertise in more than one of these areas are particularly appreciated. In addition to demonstrating excellent research and teaching in the above areas, candidates with quantitative skills, including the ability to teach methods courses at the PhD level, are sought.

Tenure-track positions at SPA teach a 2:2 load each academic year. SPA has considerable online enrollments, and we expect faculty to teach both face/face and online. Complementing the existing graduate level degrees, SPA will launch a new online BA in Public Service degree in fall 2016 and we are looking for candidates willing to teach at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. For the Assistant Professor hires, we seek candidates who have completed PhDs, with evidence of excellence in teaching, publishing, and demonstrated efforts at attaining external grant funding. For the Associate Professor hire, candidates are expected to be a leader in their field, with an excellent record in research, demonstrated through both externally funded awards and publications, as well as excellence in teaching, mentoring, and funding graduate and/or undergraduate students.

SPA is a NASPAA-accredited MPA program ranked nationally at #29 by US News and World Report. With 25 full-time faculty, we also offer a PhD in Public Affairs, a Masters in Criminal Justice, a Bachelors in Criminal Justice, and will soon launch the fully online BA in Public Service. All programs except the PhD are available fully online. SPA and CU Denver are located in the downtown area of one of the fastest growing cities in America. Our city and state are microcosms for research and teaching in environmental policy, local government, nonprofits, emergency management, public health, and public finance. Our faculty have grown their external funding by 200% over the past 5 years. Faculty currently have grants from NSF, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson, Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, the Colorado Trust, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. SPA faculty routinely attend and present at conferences around the world and are often invited to speak to both academic and practitioner communities on their areas of expertise.

Most faculty are involved with SPA’s Buechner Institute for Governance (BIG), the applied arm of the school, either through research, training, evaluation, or service. BIG is known as an institute leading the way for translational research, with a focus on evidence-based practices, including but not limited to applied research in Colorado. BIG includes Centers focused on local government, collaborative governance, education policy, criminal justice and policy process research. BIG also runs a Certified Public Management program and several other leadership development programs. We seek candidates who demonstrate interest or experience in contributing to BIG’s mission in some way.

Generally, SPA is seeking candidates who want to contribute to the dynamic efforts among faculty to support and expand our research and impact, as we continue to be recognized as one of the top public affairs schools in the country. Faculty are committed to working collaboratively and in support of making an impact on the field of public affairs and more broadly, the public sector. We are also committed to graduating high quality students who have the best experiences in the classroom, working alongside faculty in research, and making an impact as graduates that employers seek out to hire. We are poised for more growth at SPA and we expect that these three candidates will quickly become part of an energetic effort to produce the best research and teaching in the field.

Our downtown Denver location provides unprecedented access to a diverse urban environment where policy becomes practice. SPA is a diverse learning community and one of the most culturally inclusive schools on campus, allowing our students to interact with people who reflect their own identity and with others who broaden their horizons. More than one-third of SPA students are students of color. CU Denver students come from all 50 states and 67 countries.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle pf diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled with full consideration given to those who apply by October 1, 2015.



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Non-Profit Specialization:

Local Govt./Public Management Specialization:

Enviro. and/or Risk Policy Specialization:

Contact information: contact search committee co-chairs Professor Chris Weible ( and/or Professor Danielle Varda ( if you need more information about the academic elements of the positions; and contact Chris Smith ( if you need information about application processes and logistics.

2015 Conference App Now Available

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Faculty Opening: Assistant/Associate Professor, Budgeting & Financial Management, American University

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Position Announcement: Assistant or Associate Professor
(Budgeting and Financial Management)
Department of Public Administration & Policy, School of Public Affairs
American University

The Department of Public Administration & Policy in the School of Public Affairs at American University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of advanced Assistant Professor (including experience in the field) or Associate Professor beginning August 1, 2016. Applicants should have a PhD in Public Administration, Political Science, or a related field.

We welcome applications from candidates engaged in high-quality scholarship in budgeting and financial management, specifically those with a focus on state and local budgeting or public and nonprofit financial management. Teaching responsibilities will include courses in the school’s Master of Public Administration, Master of Public Policy, and doctoral degree programs. The ideal candidate will be able to contribute to both the management and policy fields in their research and teaching. In addition to scholarship and teaching, responsibilities will include participation in department, school, and university activities.

Salary is competitive. Review of applications will begin on October 8, 2015< and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit applications via Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations, and copies of recent published papers or working papers. Applicants at the rank of Assistant Professor should include three reference letters and senior faculty candidates should include a list of three references. Please email, if you have any questions.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital. For more information about American University, visit

Established in 1934, the School of Public Affairs offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the departments of Government; Justice, Law, & Criminology; and Public Administration & Policy. The Department of Public Administration & Policy offers six graduate degrees, an undergraduate minor, and several graduate certificates. Its programs are consistently ranked among the best in the field of public affairs by U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about the School of Public Affairs at and about the Department of Public Administration & Policy at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus.

Faculty Opening: Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration, Cal State San Bernadino

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The Department of Public Administration seeks an energetic and innovative educator/practitioner/scholar to join the team beginning September 2016 as an assistant/associate professor, assistant preferred. All areas of public administration considered. The successful candidate will join an intellectually stimulating and innovative academic environment that embraces diversity. The incumbent must have demonstrated teaching excellence and an ability to integrate technology into class room instruction. For more information see

All faculty support a NASPAA accredited Master of Public Administration degree with over 200 students, and an undergraduate program of approximately 90 students, including a large section College course in government-business relations and branch campus offerings at our Palm Desert campus. Preferred candidates will be expected to meet the traditional requirements of excellence in teaching, active scholarly and professional work, and service to the University and to the surrounding community.

An earned doctorate in Public Administration or closely aligned field is required. Candidates must display potential for excellence in teaching, research and service. Practitioner experience is a plus. There is a preference for candidates with online teaching experience.

The Department of Public Administration is one of the most respected in the University and is committed to maintaining that reputation. The Department has a strong commitment to public service values, ethical behavior, shared governance, diversity and student learning. Faculty are expected to actively engage in the life of the Department, College, University and community. New faculty are valued and supported in their academic careers. Anticipated start-date is Fall 2016. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the diversity in California. Position is dependent on funding.

Review of applications will begin October 16, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. Submit a vita and a letter of application that includes a statement on teaching philosophy and strategies, as well as research accomplishments and goals. Submit the names, telephone, and e-mail addresses of three references, and have them email letters of recommendation to Also provide a copy of your doctoral transcripts.  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

GASB Statement will require State & Local Disclosure of Tax Abatements


NewGASB(Norwalk, CT) The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has issued final guidance that requires state and local governments for the first time to disclose information about tax abatement agreements.

The disclosure requirements in GASB Statement No. 77, Tax Abatement Disclosures, are designed to provide financial statement users with essential information about these agreements and the impact that they have on a government’s finances.

Governments often agree to abate or reduce the taxes of individuals and entities to promote economic development, job growth, redevelopment of blighted or underdeveloped areas, and other actions that are beneficial to the government or its citizens. Many state and local governments have tax abatement programs in place and the effects of tax abatements on their financial health and ability to raise revenue can be substantial. However, until now it has been difficult to determine the extent and nature of these effects from financial statements.

“This new guidance will result in people who use governmental financial statements having access to essential information about the tax abatements governments enter into,” said GASB Chair David A. Vaudt. “Not only will this mean that they’ll have access to information that will allow them to better assess a government’s financial health, but it will also make the impact of these agreements much more apparent.”

Statement 77 requires governments to disclose information about their own tax abatements separately from information about tax abatements that are entered into by other governments and reduce the reporting government’s tax revenues. The new disclosures about a government’s own tax abatement agreements include:

  • The purpose of the tax abatement program
  • The tax being abated
  • Dollar amount of taxes abated
  • Provisions for recapturing abated taxes
  • The types of commitments made by tax abatement recipients
  • Other commitments made by a government in tax abatement agreements, such as to build infrastructure assets.

The new disclosures about tax abatements that are entered into by other governments and reduce the reporting government’s tax revenues include:

  • The name of the government entering into the abatement agreement
  • The tax being abated
  • Dollar amount of the reporting government’s taxes abated.

The full text of the Statement is available on the GASB website,

About the Governmental Accounting Standards Board

Established in 1984, the GASB is the independent, private-sector organization based in Norwalk, Connecticut, that establishes accounting and financial reporting standards for U.S. state and local governments that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). These standards are recognized as authoritative by state and local governments, state Boards of Accountancy, and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The GASB develops and issues accounting standards through a transparent and inclusive process intended to promote financial reporting that provides useful information to taxpayers, public officials, investors, and others who use financial reports. The Financial Accounting Foundation (FAF) supports and oversees the GASB. For more information, visit

2016 WSSA Issues CFP, Proposals Due December 1st

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Call for Proposals

58th Annual WSSA Conference

April 13-16, 2016 – Grand Sierra Resort & Casino – Reno, NV


15th Annual Meeting

A Section of the Western Social Science Association

Coordinators: Thad Calabrese and Christopher Goodman 

Public Finance and Budgeting (PFB) is a section of the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) created to provide a friendly and scholarly environment for sharing research in the areas of public finance, public budgeting, and public financial management as they are broadly defined. Paper and panel proposals are welcome on all topics in public finance, financial management, budgeting, and public economics. The association also offers sections in public administration, economics, political science, urban studies, and many other social science disciplines.

Continuing a sectional tradition of journal symposia, papers that are accepted and presented will be eligible to be included in a symposium in the Municipal Finance Journal. The symposium will be peer reviewed and the usual standards and topical considerations for publication in the Municipal Finance Journal apply.

The section also offers a Best Manuscript Award as well as a Runner-Up Award. Papers are self nominated following the completion of the conference. The 2015 winner was Professor Soomi Lee for her paper “Do States Circumvent Supermajority Vote Requirements to Raise Taxes? Examining Time Varying Effects of Supermajority Rule.” Dr. Lee is Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Business and Public Management, University of La Verne. The author of the runner-up paper this year and Professor John L. Mikesell for his manuscript titled “Dynamic Performance Of State Tax Revenues: Growth And Reliability Of Major State Taxes.” Dr. Mikesell is Chancellor’s Professor at School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University. The PFB section will recognize the winners at the WSSA’s Annual Meeting next year.

Please check the conference website regularly for registration and hotel reservation details:

For students: Students affiliated with WSSA can win $500, a free one-year subscription to the Social Science Journal, and free conference registration at the conference in Reno, NV. Each winning paper will also receive one room/2 nights free lodging.

Completed papers are generally due by mid-January. As soon as your proposal is accepted, please consider submitting your completed paper to this student paper competition.

To Submit a Proposal, Include the Following:

  • Indicate if you are proposing a Paper or organizing a Panel.
  • ***(Indicate whether you wish to serve as a panel chair. In advance, many thanks!)
  • Name, Title, Affiliation, Address, Telephone Number, and E-mail Address for Author(s)
  • Abstract(s), Not to Exceed 200 Words

Each Proposals must be received by December 1, 2015.

Sullivan Elected 2016 Vice-Chair

Dr. Bryan Sullivan was elected to serve as the 2016 Vice-Chair of ABFM during recent elections, putting him in position to be Chair of our organization in 2018.

Bryan is the Director of Management Efficiency for the State of Delaware Office of Management and Budget. He is the first practitioner to be elected to the Chair track in ABFM leadership since Dr. Carol Ebdon, who was elected while she was CFO for the City of Omaha, NE.

Bryan has a long history in ABFM service and leadership, including prior terms on the Executive Committee and as the organization’s Treasurer. He was elected back to the Executive Committee last year.

Bryan has worked in public budgeting for more than 20 years and holds an MPA and PhD from University of Delaware.

Bryan will service as Chair-Elect and Conference Chair in 2017 before becoming ABFM Chair in 2018, then Immediate Past Chair in 2019.

In addition, three ABFM members were elected to positions on the Executive Committee for terms beginning January 1, 2016, and ending December 31, 2018:

Dr. Benjamin Clark was reelected to the Executive Committee for a second term. Ben is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center and Associate Professor of Public Budgeting and Finance at Cleveland State University. Ben earned his MPA from Syracuse and a PhD from The University of Georgia.

Dr. Sharon Kioko is a new member to the ABFM Executive Committee and has been involved in the organization the past nine years. Formerly an Associate Professor at Syracuse University, she is now an Associate Professor of Public Administration at University of Washington in Seattle.

Peter Van Der Hoek is one of ABFM’s most active international members and a past member of the Executive Committee. Retired from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Peter is Professor of Privatization, Management and Finance at the University of Economics in Bucharest, Romania, and External Examiner at Ternopil National Economic University in Ternopil, Ukraine.

PA Times requests Articles on Private Delivery of Public Services


In the era of declining budgets and shrinking staff, governments have adopted a number of strategies to maintain efficient delivery of services. From outsourcing to public private partnerships (P3) and cooperatives, a range of options have been adopted by public managers.

The October issue of PA TIMES explores Public Services through Private Delivery and the different models used. In addition, PA TIMES will examine the role and use of technology in delivery services. From e-government to the increasing use of mobile applications and programs, how is citizens’ relationship with government changing because of technology.

Among the questions PA TIMES will examine:

  • How are transparency and accountability built into the process?
  • Is private delivery cheaper than public organizations providing that same service?
  • What promotes legitimacy for non-government agencies to provide public services?
  • How do public manager determine when this is the best model?
  • What challenges are associated with private delivery of public services?
  • What role does technology play?

ASPA invites articles that discuss the relationship between private delivery and public services.

Please take a moment to review our submission guidelines before submitting. A few highlights:

  • PA TIMES follows AP format.
  • Articles should be no more than 900 words
  • References and citations are not published.
  • A 25 word author bio and contact email must accompany the submission.

Send your articles for consideration via email to by Monday, August 24th.


Call for Proposals for Handbook on Sub National Governance


Call for Chapter Proposals

For the Handbook on Sub National Governance and Development



Eris D. Schoburgh, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica West Indies

Roberta Ryan, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia



The intersecting factor in the post-2015 development debates and domestic policies is that institutions have a positive role in a country’s quest for economic prosperity. There are renewed efforts to decentre development strategies as alternative solutions to development problems are being sought. Development is once again being associated with different types of geographies, viz, regional and local and as a consequence political and civil institutions are aligned to place-making. In this milieu, sustainable development efforts are necessarily linked with local and regional governments with a local economic development strategy as a basis for enhancing economic prosperity, arresting growing unemployment levels and improving standard of living and general welfare.

The primary objective of this handbook is to amass a wealth of research and social inquiry into global experiences with sub national governance and development into one volume to enrich the development discourse in the area of alternative approaches to development.

The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and researchers working in the field of public policy and management, local and regional governance, local economic development, and community development. The book will provide new insights about the theory and practice of sub national governance and development from an international perspective to aid knowledge transfer. The book will be a useful source of policy relevant information for policy officials at all levels of government.

Papers may deploy any appropriate theoretical lenses and methodological approaches and might consider questions relating, but not limited to, the following sub-themes:

  1. Local/regional economic governance
  2. Local/regional economic development
  3. Local/regional government in rural development
  4. Community development and governance structures
  5. Public-private-partnerships; co-production in sub national government
  6. Cities as cites of economic and social development
  7. The role of the business sector in local/regional economic development
  8. Strategies for third sector integration in local and regional governance
  9. Locating international technical assistance in sub national development policy and strategy
  10. Climate change adaptation and sub national governance
  11. Public financial management and systems of accountability in sub national government
  12. Fiscal responsibility frameworks and sub national governance
  13. Managing the local commons – the informal economy and sub national government
  14. Performance management in sub national government
  15. Organisational change for managing local/regional economic development
  16. Organisational change for effective and efficient service delivery in sub national government
  17. Local/regional economic development capacity requirements – institutional/organisational; leadership/managerial; policy/political
  18. The political economy of local and regional economic development – central-local and intergovernmental relations
  19. Innovations in sub national governance and development
  20. The post-2015 development agenda and sub national government/governance
  21. Theorizing sub national politics/policy, government/governance, development/economic development

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 1st, 2015, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by September 15, 2015 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 30, 2015, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, The Handbook of Research on Subnational Governance and Development. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager or via the link:

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. Foradditional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2016.

 Important Dates

September 1st, 2015: Proposal Submission Deadline
September 15, 2015: Notification of Acceptance
November 30, 2015: Full Chapter Submission
February 25, 2016: Review Results Returned
March 31, 2016: Final Acceptance Notification
April 30, 2016: Final Chapter Submission

Inquiries can be forwarded to:

Co-editor Dr. Eris Schoburgh:

Co-editor Associate Professor Roberta Ryan:

Proposed papers must not be under consideration by other publication