Summer Faculty Workshop in Policy Research and Analysis

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Professional Development in Policy Analysis for Faculty

Addressing obesity-related chronic health conditions. Implementing school reform in post-Katrina New Orleans. Alleviating unemployment among African-American males in Mississippi. Caring for an aging Latino population in South Florida. These are some of the critical public policy challenges that communities across the United States grapple with on a daily basis. It is essential that the thought leaders within those communities have the tools to help guide the discussion around these policy issues and propose solutions to these enduring problems. Pardee RAND can provide you with these tools through our Summer Faculty Workshop in Policy Analysis. The topics mentioned above are all examples of policy issues that previous workshop participants chose to focus on in hopes of effecting change in their communities by augmenting their existing expertise with the tools of policy analysis.

As the Pardee RAND Graduate School trains graduates who will develop public policy in this country and around the world, we are obliged to help ensure that a diversity of voices and perspectives are an integral part of the policymaking process. Part of that commitment is drawing that diversity into public policy education to create the next generation of leaders with a range of voices and perspectives.

To that end, the Pardee RAND Graduate School invites faculty from a select group of U.S. institutions to participate in a week-long policy analysis workshop at RAND's Santa Monica headquarters.

The workshop is designed to have a number of facets:

  • a “short course” in the methods of policy analysis modeled after the curriculum of our doctoral program
  • an opportunity for each participant to apply these tools to a policy issue of their choice throughout the week with mentorship and input from RAND policy researchers in areas of common interest
  • an introduction to the Pardee RAND Graduate School, its faculty and advanced doctoral fellows in policy analysis
  • a forum in which to network with each other and past participants in the program

The intent is for participating faculty to return to their home institutions armed with new tools to effect change in their communities and to inspire their students to consider careers and advanced study in public policy analysis.

The next run of the program will occur from July 20 to July 24, 2015.

Application Process

Admission is competitive; applicants will be vetted based on their interest in learning more about incorporating the concepts of policy analysis into their teaching and research, as shown through the following components:

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from a Dean or department chair
  • Two essays
  • Supplemental forms may be submitted electronically to or mailed to:
    Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Summer Faculty Workshop
    1776 Main Street
    Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138

To begin, please visit the application page.

The deadline for submission of all materials is April 17, 2015. Application decisions will be made by the first week in April and applicants will be promptly notified of their status.

Learn More

For more information about the Pardee RAND Summer Faculty Workshop program, contact

Kristina Wallace
Program Coordinator
(310) 393-0411, ext. 6742

Rachel Swanger
Associate Dean
(310) 393-0411, ext. 7197