CFP: Are We All Touching the Same Camel?




Deadline-March 27 George Washington University Washington, D.C.

Are you researching the intersection between public administration and nonprofit studies or public policy and nonprofit studies ?

If so, please read the attached call and submit a paper to

Papers submitted for the Special Issue will be presented at a symposium hosted by the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University, June 7. GWU will pay for all travel.

If you are not able to make the symposium or have additional questions please e-mail Jasmine,

Communicating science more effectively

Here’s the new report from the National Academy of Science (free PDF download).

Science and technology are embedded in virtually every aspect of modern life. As a result, people face an increasing need to integrate information from science with their personal values and other considerations as they make important life decisions about medical care, the safety of foods, what to do about climate change, and many other issues. Communicating science effectively, however, is a complex task and an acquired skill. Moreover, the approaches to communicating science that will be most effective for specific audiences and circumstances are not obvious. Fortunately, there is an expanding science base from diverse disciplines that can support science communicators in making these determinations.

Communicating Science Effectively offers a research agenda for science communicators and researchers seeking to apply this research and fill gaps in knowledge about how to communicate effectively about science, focusing in particular on issues that are contentious in the public sphere. To inform this research agenda, this publication identifies important influences – psychological, economic, political, social, cultural, and media-related – on how science related to such issues is understood, perceived, and used.

Some news about editorships and editorial boards

Just a couple of news items:

Congrats to Paul Battaglio and Jeremy Hall for their impending editorship of PAR. Paul is an alum of UGA’s PhD program in public administration and policy and currently editor at ROPPA.

Also congrats to Marc Holzer and Stephanie Newbold as they take over the reins at ARPA.

In other news, I’m joining the editorial board at Policy & Society, and extending my term on the editorial board at Policy Studies Journal for another two years. In addition, we’ve reorganized some of the duties at the Journal of Public Policy; I’ll serve as the Field Editor for Policy Implementation and Public Administration.

Do people stop publishing after tenure?


In JELS, Albert Yoon answers this question using data from US law schools:

In academia, a subset of faculty has tenure, which allows its beneficiaries to retain their professorships without mandatory retirement and with only limited grounds for revocation. Proponents of tenure argue it protects intellectual freedom and encourages investment in human capital. Detractors contend it discourages effort and distorts the academic labor market. This article develops a framework for examining academic tenure in the context of U.S. law schools. We construct a unique data set of tenured U.S. law professors who began their careers between 1993 through 2002, and follow their employment and scholarship for the first 10 years of their career. Across all journal publications, tenured faculty publish more frequently, are cited with roughly the same frequency, and place in comparable caliber of journal. These productivity gains, however, largely disappear when excluding solicited publications. These results suggest that legal academics continue to produce after tenure, but channel more of their efforts toward less competitive outlets.

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