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PMRC2021 – Call for Proposals is Open

See the 2021 Public Management Research Conference menu to the left or click here.


Call for Professional News & Updates for Management Matters

We are preparing the Winter issue of Management Matters, PMRA’s semi-annual newsletter. Members are welcome to share professional news and updates such as: newly minted PhDs, recent hires, promotions, new jobs, forthcoming books, grants, and awards.

At a minimum, please provide the following information:

If you would like to share your news, please submit via email to: The deadline for submissions is October 23, 2020.


Call for Symposium Abstracts from Perspectives on Public Management and Governance: Reappraising Bureaucracy in the 21st Century

No concept is more central to public administration and management than bureaucracy. Professors faithfully teach Max Weber’s six characteristics along with Luther Gulick’s list of administrative activities. In the field’s research, however, improving management is more often the focus than examining the structural features of bureaucracy and its political-economic context.

This is most noticeable in American scholarship, for which there is a historical explanation of sorts. The appearance of this symposium in 2022 will mark the centenary of the German publication of Weber’s essay on bureaucracy. Yet not until 1946, in Gerth and Mills, From Max Weber, did the essay appear in English. By that time, American public administration had pondered administration and management for more than sixty years. Debatably, bureaucracy has never received comparable attention in the U.S., other than for its negative or unintended consequences. Today, regardless of setting, the concept of bureaucracy warrants the kind of serious reflection and critical analysis that Weber gave it a century ago.

We invite public administration and management scholars to take a fresh look at bureaucracy in an era of dramatic societal change. We are interested in theoretical approaches that identify new issues, reappraise bureaucracy as a theoretical framework, and build on or critique previous work. There are different ways of theorizing in public administration, including political and normative theory, interpretation, and empirically driven theory building. All are welcome in this call. We are equally interested in proposals from international and U.S. scholars.

To submit proposed abstracts, email them by October 20 to the symposium co-editors:

Leisha DeHart Davis, UNC Chapel Hill:

Camilla Stivers, Cleveland State University:

Please note that acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee final publication.

For more information, please go to this link.


Call for Papers from JPART: Framing the Study of Racism, Power, and Inequality in Public Administration

Editorial Team: Jason Coupet, Muhammed Azfar Nisar, Sonia Ospina, and Mary K. Feeney

JPART welcomes manuscripts that offer meaningful theoretical advances in the study of racism and xenophobia, and the legacy and impact of colonialism and neo-colonialism in the multiple dimensions of public administration theory. Studies can be empirical or theoretical, and can leverage developed frameworks or emerging ones. The best manuscripts will make important theoretical and empirical advancements.

See below for more details.

JPART-Call for Papers - Racism and Power


Call for Applications: University of Missouri Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Program

The University of Missouri’s Preparing Future Faculty – Faculty Diversity (PFFFD) Postdoctoral  Program is designed to develop scholars for tenure-track faculty positions at the University of  Missouri and elsewhere. Applicants should demonstrate how they can contribute to faculty  diversity, such as through membership in a group that is historically underrepresented in a  particular discipline or through other experience. Postdoctoral positions are for two years and  provide research, teaching, and professional development opportunities. The stipend is a minimum of $56,000 per year plus University benefits and professional development funds. In  order to be eligible for this program, applicants must have completed their doctoral degree, or expect to complete their degree no later than July 1, 2021, at a regionally accredited university.

We are currently accepting applications in the following research areas:

Political Science/Public Affairs – Scholar with research and teaching interests in race/ethnicity/diversity in politics, public administration, or public policy. Scholars with a Ph.D.  in Political Science, Public Affairs, or related field.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM (Central time), November 2, 2020. Finalists will be  interviewed in January-February 2021.

To apply, please click here

UNC Charlotte Seeks an Assistant Professor in Public Management or Urban Policy

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Political Science and Public  Administration invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level  specializing in public management or urban management and policy to teach in the NASPAA- accredited and nationally ranked Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration Program.

Review of applications begins November 2, 2020 and continues until the position is filled.

For more information, please see the attached flyer.

UNCC MPA Assistant Professor Ad