Month: February 2019

Job Posting: Open Rank Faculty, Public Policy

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Job Posting: Open Rank Faculty, Public Policy

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The Department of Public Policy (DPP) at the University of Connecticut seeks to fill a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor starting in August 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. The Department of Public Policy is home to the NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA), the Master of Public Policy (MPP), the on-line Graduate Program in Survey Research, the MPA Fellows (an executive MPA cohort), and four graduate certificates in nonprofit management, public financial management, survey research and leadership and public management. The Department also offers an undergraduate minor and a “fast-track” (3+2) program.

The Department of Public Policy is located on the new state-of-the-art campus in Hartford, Connecticut’s capital city. The University of Connecticut is a premier research institution, designated as a Research University/Very High research activity by the Carnegie Foundation. UConn is ranked 22nd by U.S. News & World Report among national public universities in the United States. The Department’s public affairs programs are ranked 9th in public budgeting and finance and 44th among public affairs programs. The Department of Public Policy has 15 full-time faculty, 140 graduate students, and 1,100 alumni.

While the position is open to all areas of specialization, focus, and approaches, candidates with research interests in the analysis or evaluation of public programs are of greatest interest. The successful candidate’s primary teaching assignment will be to offer core and elective classes in the MPA and MPP programs, including policy analysis and quantitative methods courses. The specific teaching assignment will be determined based on the interests of the candidate and the needs of the Department, and can include graduate or undergraduate classes.


Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in public administration, public policy, economics, political science, sociology, or a related field. Candidates must have a strong record of, or strong potential for, scholarly excellence based on rigorous social science research methods. Candidates must demonstrate strong communication skills and the capability to teach program evaluation and policy analysis. Successful applicants must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. prior to start date to be considered for appointment the Assistant Professor level. Applicants with advanced ABD’s will be considered at the Instructor level until their Ph.D. requirements are completed. Current faculty at all ranks are encouraged to apply.


The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of scholarly success in the analysis of public policy or evaluation of public programs. Preference will be given to candidates with a record of or strong potential for obtaining external research support. Strong preference will be given to applicants who are comfortable with a wide array of analytical methods, and who are well prepared to teach advanced graduate-level courses in applied microeconomics, policy analysis, or quantitative methods. Finally, the best candidates will provide clear evidence of contributions to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience through research, teaching, and/or public engagement.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2019. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Hartford Campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at UConn’s main campus in Storrs as part of their ordinary workload. The University offers a highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Use this link to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, and recent teaching evaluations (if available), and contact information for three references (email, phone number, and mailing address) who can comment on research and teaching capabilities and accomplishments. Any questions about the position may be sent to Mohamad Alkadry, Department Head, Department of Public Policy at Review of applicants will begin on March 18, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search 2019389)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

DPP Alumni, Blaize Levitan, Published in CT Post

Blaize Levitan


DPP Alumni, Blaize Levitan, published an Op-Ed in the CT Post on January 18, 2019.  He discussed how the country seems to be in a hyper-partisan environment, and that the nation is much divided.  However, despite this common feeling, Blaize suggests that we are not as divided as we seem. Read the article below to learn about what unites the American people, and how these common ideas can be incorporated into current political dialogue.

Don’t listen to the pundits, we’re not that divided

Dr. Kerri Raissian Stresses the Importance of Education on Domestic Violence


Kerri Raissian

After the recent death of Lauren McClauskey, a University of Utah student, due to domestic violence, UConn DPP Assistant Professor Dr. Kerri Raissian commented on what resources need to be available to prevent future cases. Lauren reached out to university police when she felt endangered by a man that she was in a previous relationship with. However, since the police were not trained to handle incidents of domestic violence, they did not help Lauren with her situation. Dr. Raissian, who is a specialist in child and family interpersonal violence, discusses how universities need to financially bolster their police and counseling centers to deal with domestic abuse cases. She references the resources at UConn, where the Dean of Students offers victim advocacy services to help survivors of domestic violence emotionally, as the police work on their cases. This is a very unfortunate tragedy to have occurred, and we are glad that professionals like Dr. Raissian are working to increase domestic violence awareness, education, and resources in colleges and universities.

Dr. Raissian’s comments appeared in the January 22, 2019 Inside Higher Ed article by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf, Multiple Warnings, No Action

DPP Department Head Mohamad Alkadry Appointed as 2019 NASPAA Program Chair

Mohamad Alkadry

Dr. Mohamad Alkadry, professor and department head of UConn’ s Department of Public Policy, has been appointed as chair of NASPAA’s 2019 Annual Conference, which takes place on October 16-19, 2019, in Los Angeles, California.  This is NASPAA’s 50th Anniversary conference, and Mohamad looks forward to recognizing “the 50 years of advancing excellence in public service education” as well as imaging what the next 50 years will bring. This year’s NASPAA theme is Reconstructing Governance for the Next 50 Years, which will focus on innovation in public affairs, Diversity to Inclusion to Participation, and future challenges in training students to collect, analyze, and communicate data.

Associate Professor Dr. Deneen Hatmaker Named Associate Editor for the JPART

Deneen Hatmaker


As of January 1st, UConn DPP’s Associate Professor Dr. Deneen Hatmaker is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART). From January 2014-December 2018, Deneen served on the Board of Editors. To recognize JPART’s new editorial board, they have made a collection of articles written by the new editorial team freely available. You can check them out in the link below.

Welcoming the JPART Editorial Team