Van Slyke named Associate Dean and Chair of Department of PAIA at Maxwell

VanSlyke, DavidDean James B. Steinberg is pleased to announce that David M. Van Slyke, holder of the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government Policy, has been appointed associate dean and chair of the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. 

Van Slyke, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, has established himself as one of the leading scholars in the field of public policy and management. He received the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus in Public Administration and Policy Award from the University at Albany, is a two-time recipient of the Maxwell School’s Birkhead-Burkhead Professorship for Teaching Excellence Award (2006-2010 and 2014-2018), and earned best article awards from the Public Management Research Association (2007) and the Academy of Management (2002). 

“I am delighted to have David Van Slyke, a leading figure in public administration, heading Maxwell’s top-ranked Department of Public Administration and International Affairs,” says Steinberg. “David’s deep expertise in public-private partnerships, working with governments, business leaders, and NGOs around the world, combined with his outstanding scholarship and his award-winning teaching, makes him the perfect choice to lead the department to continued growth and success.”

Throughout his career Van Slyke has also been active in the community, serving as an adviser for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, the World Bank and the Russian government, among many others. Additionally, he has published two books, including the award-winning Complex Contracting: Government Purchasing in the Wake of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Deepwater Program, which won the American Society for Public Administration's Section on Public Administration Research (SPAR) annual book award for public administration scholarship.

Van Slyke holds a doctorate in public administration and policy from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. He joined Maxwell’s faculty in 2004.

I feel really passionate about the Maxwell School,” said Van Slyke. “In my role as chair there are a number of priorities. First among them is that I don’t ever want us to compromise on standards of quality. But I want all our students to understand they are not a number, that we are committed to high quality teaching that is informed by high quality research. We want to use scholarship to improve the practice of governance. For PAIA, public service is not a job only in government, but a mission we can all engage in and be a part of.”

The department Van Slyke chairs is home to the number-one master’s degree in public administration program in the country (U.S.News & World Report) and to a master of arts in international relations program that has been ranked top-15 by Foreign Affairs. The department’s faculty are renowned practitioners and researchers in public affairs, and are committed to their students’ professional growth.  Students in PAIA graduate into a community of nearly 6,000 alumni who have found careers in governments, NGOs, nonprofits, and corporations in 111 countries around the world. 09/30/15