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 difficult) environment of university administration. The Public Affairs Faculty Manual argues that public affairs as a field needs to ensure that knowledge about administration and management is applied to the running of its academic programs, and brings together major leaders in the discipline to explore key features of academic administration. Many of these leaders have served as Master of Public Administration (MPA) directors, chairs, and deans at the nation’s top public affairs 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. Themes running throughout the book’s chapters are examined, and additional resources to help manage public affairs programs are offered. This collection of essays and the strategies within it are designed to encourage faculty to assume positions of leadership in their programs and 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.

chapter 1|10 pages

Managing Your Public Affairs Program

ByWilliam Hatcher, Bruce D. McDonald

chapter 2|22 pages

Understanding the Degrees

MPA, MPP, versus MNM
ByThomas J. Barth, Justin D. Hamel

chapter 3|15 pages

Models of Academic Governance

ByMyung H. Jin

chapter 4|29 pages

Administrative Roles

Directors, Chairs, and Deans
ByRobert W. Smith

chapter 5|21 pages

Strategic Planning for Your Program

ByJerrell D. Coggburn, Jared J. Llorens

chapter 6|12 pages

The Accreditation Process

ByMaja Husar Holmes

chapter 7|13 pages

Budgeting for Departmental Needs

ByJohn R. Bartle

chapter 8|16 pages

Effective Faculty Development

ByKathryn Newcomer, Jasmine McGinnis Johnson

chapter 9|23 pages

Curriculum and Instructional Design

ByDoug Goodman

chapter 10|23 pages

Fundamentals of Program Assessment

ByKathleen Hale

chapter 11|18 pages

Improving Student Outcomes

ByD. Ryan Miller

chapter 12|20 pages

Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Student Body

ByWilliam Hatcher, Martha Humphries Ginn

chapter 13|16 pages

Cultural Competency and Social Equity in Public Affairs Programs

BySusan T. Gooden, Brandi Blessett

chapter 14|20 pages

Community Outreach and Applied Research Centers

ByHunter Bacot

chapter 15|8 pages


ByBruce D. McDonald, William Hatcher