CFP: Russell Sage Foundation’s New Initiative on Computational Social Science

Call for Proposals: New Initiative on Computational Social Science

RSF’s initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) will support innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, and Social Inequality. We are especially interested in novel uses of new or under-utilized data and new methods for analyzing these data. Smaller projects might consist of a pilot study to demonstrate proof-of-concept. RSF encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. Proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Awards are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results (within our budget guidelines). Applications must be limited to no more than a two-year period, with a maximum of $150,000 per project (including overhead). A letter of inquiry must precede a full proposal to determine whether the proposed project meets RSF’s priorities under this special initiative.

The deadline for letters of inquiry is November 30, 2016 at 2pm ET. Click here for detailed information on the initiative, budget guidelines, and application requirements.

New datasets at ICPSR

36146 National Health Interview Survey, 2012

36173 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA): Loan Application Register (LAR) and Transmittal Sheet (TS) Raw Data, 2013

36399 Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data: County-Level Detailed Arrest and Offense Data, 2014

36463 Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2013 [United States]

36476 Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2012 [United States]

36498 Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study [United States] Public-Use Files

36512 Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2014 [United States]

New PAR symposium on publicness and universities

Derrick Anderson of Arizona State University and I have written the introduction to a new PAR symposium on publicness and universities. It’s now out on Early View. Here’s our abstract:

This introduction to the symposium on the institutional design frontiers of publicness and university performance summarizes the range of diverse intellectual and practical perspectives converging on the idea that issues of design and publicness are important for thinking about the future of higher education. Collectively, the articles featured in this symposium demonstrate that the challenges facing higher education exhibit assorted social, economic, and political complexities. Public administration perspectives can play a key role in understanding and reshaping our higher education system into a more responsive social enterprise.

IPMJ news

Special notice to our most-downloaded paper published in 2014-15: “Common Method Bias in Public Management Studies” (Jakobsen & Jensen) Vol. 18 (1) 2015

And our most-downloaded paper during the past three years: “Understanding Strategic Planning and the Formulation and Implementation of Strategic Plans as a Way of Knowing: The Contributions of Actor-Network Theory” (Bryson, Crosby, & Bryson) Vol. 12 (2) 2009

Learning about learning

Karl Weick has penned the 60th anniversary essay for the ASQ:

Jerry Davis’s (2015) question “What is organizational research for?” is ill-served by the narrow answer “settled science.” Constraints of comprehension may give the illusion that organizational research represents settled science. But the experience of inquiring actually comprises a greater variety of actions that increase the meaning of present research experience and the contributions it makes. I discuss acts of conjecture, differentiation, attachment, affirmation, complication, discernment, interruption, and representation to illustrate that meaningful contributions are generated by actions associated with connecting perceptions to concepts. ASQ’s 60th anniversary is an opportune time to make these interim contributions more explicit.

We’re rarely explicit about the nature of learning in PA. We are Bayesians, learning about a process that is itself moving in time. In classical inferential statistics, it’s thought that the parameters are fixed and the data are random. In Bayesian statistics, it’s reversed – the data are fixed and the parameters are unknown.

Sometimes we act as though everything that’s been done so far is wrong because our predecessors were dolts, used bad methods, were naive, etc. Maybe instead it’s because we are all operating inside a learning meta-process. We’re knitted together through time by our collective attempts (and misses) at learning about processes that change through time.

The upshot is that whatever we think is “truth” now will be revealed, at some later point, to be just as wrong as we think our predecessors were.

I’ve always been struck by the opposite – at the quality of many contributions from the 1950s or 1960s or even earlier time points given what they had to work with.

In any case, truth is far from settled and who knows what it will be ten years from now, but even so the Weick essay is a useful read for those trying to contribute to this body of knowledge.

Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Management

The Department of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor position with appointment to begin in August 2017. The position requires a research and teaching focus on public management; expertise and interest in one or more public management specialties is desirable. Ideal candidates will contribute to our MPA program and our Ph.D. program in public administration and policy. Evidence of high-quality research and an active research agenda along with a commitment to excellence in instruction are necessary. Candidates with demonstrated success in securing external research funding are especially encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. in public administration, public affairs, political science, or a related field is required.

Please apply using the FacultyJobs@UGA online system ( Include in your application (1) a cover letter (2) a curriculum vitae and (3) the contact information for three individuals providing reference letters. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Laura Bayne at 706-542-9660 or All applications received by September 15, 2016 are assured full consideration.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Margaret Hughes and Robert T. Golembiewski Professor of Public Administration

The University of Georgia’s School of Public & International Affairs, Department of Public Administration and Policy invites applications for The Margaret Hughes and Robert T. Golembiewski Professorship in Public Administration. Appointment begins in August 2017. The position is an endowed professorship, held by a full professor with an outstanding record of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity in public administration, including any subfield of public administration.

A Ph.D. in public administration, political science, or other appropriate discipline is required. Teaching is primarily at the graduate level and includes courses in public administration and/or subtopics in public administration. Successful candidates will contribute to both our MPA and Ph.D. programs and demonstrate national and international leadership in research, combined with excellence in teaching and public service. Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vita, and contact information for three references.

Please apply using the FacultyJobs@UGA online system ( Include in your application (1) a cover letter (2) a curriculum vitae and (3) contact information for three references. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Laura Bayne at 706-542-9660 or Applications received by November 15, 2016 are guaranteed full consideration.