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“Pracademics”: Mixing an Academic Career with Practical Politics

Editors' Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 April 2011

Michael P. McDonald
Affiliation:
George Mason University
Christopher Z. Mooney
Affiliation:
University of Illinois, Springfield

Extract

College professors are evaluated for promotion and tenure on the basis of their accomplishments in three areas: teaching, research, and service. All too often, however, service is considered the poor cousin of the trio. In political science in particular, we believe that this imbalance is detrimental to the individual scholar, our students, the discipline, and the general public. The goal of this symposium is to contribute to what we see as a nascent revitalization and rehabilitation of service—especially public service—as a respectable and integral part of a political science career. We encourage our colleagues to engage the political world more often, more directly, and more reflectively, and we encourage the profession—the APSA, our departments, and our colleagues—to value such engagement institutionally and through our social norms.

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Copyright © American Political Science Association 2011

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