UT Dallas Professor to take Helm of Top Journal in Public Administration

The American Society for Public Administration has selected Paul Battaglio of the Public and Nonprofit Management Program at the University of Texas at Dallas and Jeremy Hall from the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida as the next editors-in-chief of Public Administration Review (PAR), the leading professional journal in public administration research, theory and practice.

PAR is a bi-monthly publication with over 12,000 institutional and individual subscribers. Over the past years, PAR has seen a significant growth in its readership, relevance and impact. In 2015 alone, PAR articles were downloaded nearly 1 million times. Paul Battaglio and Jeremy Hall will lead the journal from 2018 to 2020, sharing full supervisory and editorial roles of the publication.

According to ASPA President Susan Gooden, the selection of the editors-in-chief was "the culmination of a rigorous, competitive process that reflects the stature and reputation of ASPA’s flagship journal." Along with the selection committee, the President believes that "the expertise, creativity and enthusiasm that Paul and Jeremy will bring to the position … will enable them to build on the current editorial team's successes and take PAR to even greater heights."

"For more than 75 years, PAR has filled a unique niche in serving academic and practitioners alike," ASPA Executive Director Bill Shields said. "From addressing current public sector trends to forecasting new ones, the journal is the central platform for ASPA to fulfill its mission: Advancing excellence in public service. It is a mission that is more critical than ever."

"We are profoundly grateful to ASPA's leadership for selecting our proposal," Battaglio and Hall said. "The PAR editor-in-chief role brings with it great opportunity and responsibility. We will work tirelessly to build on the journal's accomplishments in ways that will serve the field of public administration—both those who study and practice it—exceedingly well."

Sharing full supervisory and editorial roles, Battaglio and Hall will work with James Perry, distinguished professor emeritus at Indiana University, over the next year on publication and transition matters.

See full text of the ASPA press release here