SPA Dean Search – Graduate Student Briefing Sessions

Please see the following announcement regarding the search for a new SPA Dean.


“Dear SPA Graduate Students,

As you may know, AU has announced a national search for a Dean of the School of Public Affairs. As leader of SPA, the Dean plays a critical role in shaping the educational mission of the School, securing resources for its activities, and advancing its visibility in the public arena.

A committee of faculty and senior staff has been appointed by the Provost to recruit and evaluate candidates, with assistance of one of the country’s leading executive search firms. We write to you as co-chairs of that committee to invite you to take part in the search process.

To encourage student involvement, we will hold two briefing sessions where we will discuss our efforts to date and seek their input regarding the qualities that we should prioritize in seeking to identify a leader for the School. Details are below. Undergraduate students, faculty, and staff will have separate sessions.

Evening Graduate Briefing Session

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Time: 8:00pm-9:15pm

Location: Kerwin 301


Daytime Graduate Briefing Session

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Time: 2:00pm-3:15pm

Location: Kerwin 301


Snacks and beverages will be served at both meetings. In advance of this meeting, you may find it useful to review the position description and institutional profile at, which is being distributed widely in professional networks and through advertisements in major publications.

We hope to see you at one of the meetings on September 12 and 13, and look forward to hearing your views about this important process. If you are unable to attend either one but would still like to provide feedback, please email your comments to Eric Hershberg, or Bradley Hardy at

Bradley Hardy and Eric Hershberg

SPA Dean Search Committee Co-Chairs”


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