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Dean Washington, DC

American University has selected Dr. Vicky Wilkins as Dean of the School of Public Affairs. Her appointment is effective immediately.  

A nationally recognized scholar, highly regarded teacher, and experienced administrator, Dr. Wilkins came to American University in 2014 after holding faculty and administrative positions for over eleven years in the department of public administration and policy at the University of Georgia (UGA). She received several teaching awards while at UGA and is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in representative bureaucracy and street-level bureaucrats.

Under her tenure as graduate coordinator and director of the MPA program at UGA, enrollments increased 20 percent each year, merit awards for incoming and returning students doubled, and the program benefited from greater understanding of students’ experiences through several successful student engagement initiatives and a variety of unique curricular revisions.  

Most recently, Dr. Wilkins' administrative successes continued as SPA’s senior associate dean for academic affairs. In this capacity, she oversaw the activities and administrative needs of the school's faculty; supervised its graduate degree, executive, and certificate programs; and worked on fiscal administration, development, graduate admissions, communications and marketing, and facilities matters.  

Dr. Wilkins earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She holds the faculty rank of professor of public administration and policy at AU. Nationally, she has served on the executive council of the Public Management Research Association, as chair for the public administration section of the American Political Science Association, and on several editorial boards. Her research in the field of representation—specifically, minorities, women, and policy outcomes—has made a substantial impact in the field of public administration and political science.

This search was led by Sean Farrell with Jennifer Carignan.


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