The Public Affairs Faculty Manual: A Guide to the Effective Management of Public Affairs Programs

1st Edition

Bruce D. McDonald III, William Hatcher

Routledge
March 25, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 288 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367893361 - CAT# K459616
Series: Routledge Public Affairs Education

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Summary

While public affairs faculty study administration and management techniques, few administrators of public affairs programs receive formal training in the nuts and bolts of academic administration. Even those faculty who come to academia after distinguished careers in managerial positions may not be ready for the very different (and sometimes difficult) environment of university administration. The Public Affairs Faculty Manual brings together major leaders in the discipline to explore key features of academic administration, demonstrating that public affairs as a field benefits from applying knowledge about administration and management to the running of its academic programs.

Crucial issues of academic administration discussed include the basics of public affairs programs, models of governance, roles of different administrative leaders, planning and budgeting for programs, navigating the accreditation process, assessing and improving student learning, ensuring social equity and cultural competency, mentoring faculty, developing curriculum, and helping provide service and applied research to community partners. Contributors have served as MPA directors, chairs, and deans at the nation’s topic public affairs programs. The collection and the strategies within it are designed to encourage faculty to assume positions of leadership in their programs and to manage those programs in an effective, efficient, and fair manner. The Public Affairs Faculty Manual is required reading for new, seasoned, and aspiring academic administrators in public administration, public policy, and nonprofit management programs, as well as schools of government.

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