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KU political science professor a finalist for dean job at Marquette University


A political science professor at KU is up for a top job at Marquette University in Milwaukee, it would appear.

Erik Herron, a professor and associate chair of political science, is one of four finalists to become the dean of Marquette's College of Arts and Sciences, per the university's website.

Herron joined the KU faculty in 2001 and has held a number of other administrative jobs, as well. At the moment, he's actually on a two-year leave through August of this year in Washington, D.C., where he's a program director for the National Science Foundation.

Marquette, a Jesuit university, has around 12,000 students. The other three candidates are professors from Loyola University Chicago, Boston College and — wait for it — the University of Missouri. Herron is set to appear on the Marquette campus next week.

In contrast to KU, which in the case of public job searches tends to announce the names of candidates one at a time just before they visit, Marquette announced this crop of candidates all at once. I'm not sure what the significance of that might be, but hey, I noticed it.

In case you'd like to follow along with the dean search, the Marquette student newspaper is promising continued coverage.

If you, too, have aspirations of moving up the career ladder, it couldn't hurt to submit a KU news tip to merickson@ljworld.com. It probably won't help, either, but it might be fun!


Roger Tarbutton 5 years, 5 months ago

I don't understand how a political science professor is qualified to be program director of the National Science Foundation? What is he a fund raiser? If he has been gone for years how is he still listed as being a professor and administrator at KU? Is he getting paid by KU and if so for what? I wish I could live in that ivory tower.

merickson 5 years, 5 months ago

Ah, sorry if I was unclear -- he's not the program director for the entire NSF, but rather its political science program in particular, which awards grants to political science researchers:


And this Kansas public employee database suggests he has not been paid by KU while working in D.C. -- he was paid about 1/3 less in 2011, when he left for the NSF in August, than he was in 2010:




Steve Bunch 5 years, 5 months ago

It's distressing, however, to think that political "science" is living under the umbrella of the NSF.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 5 years, 5 months ago

Good luck, Eric! If you want it, you deserve it.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 4 months ago

One of the few humanities professors at KU who actually does research.

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