Faculty Leaders Program
Professional Development in Policy Research & Analysis
Photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation
Due to COVID-19, the program originally scheduled for July 2020 has been postponed until summer 2021.
Through the Next Generation Initiative’s Faculty Leaders Program, the Pardee RAND Graduate School seeks to build diversity in public policy through strong engagement of faculty leaders across the United States, and in particular at colleges and universities serving students underrepresented in public policy.
Faculty Leader Fellowships are awarded to 12–15 selected faculty to participate in a week-long policy analysis summer program held at the Pardee RAND Graduate School at RAND’s headquarters in Santa Monica, California.
“We were able to engage actively in the learning process by participating in sessions that fostered critical thinking, analytical reasoning, complex problem-solving, and multidisciplinary collaborative research planning.”
As the Pardee RAND Graduate School trains graduates who will develop public policy in this country and around the world, we are committed 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.
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.
How to Apply
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
- Professional bio and résumé/CV
- One letter of recommendation, preferably from a Dean or department chair
- Two essays
Photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND
For more information about the Pardee RAND Faculty Leaders Program, contact
Program and Compliance Analyst
(310) 393-0411, ext. 6523
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Strategic Initiatives
(310) 393-0411, ext. 8224
The Next Generation Initiative
Pardee RAND created the Next Generation Initiative to broaden the perspectives within, and the resources for, the next generation of policy leaders. Through education and training in policy analysis and research; building relationships across institutions, disciplines, academic researchers, policy analysts, and students; and developing direct ties with the communities affected by public policy, the Next Generation Initiative will prepare a cadre of policy analysts, innovators, and leaders who can tackle the most challenging societal and public problems in their communities, nationally, and internationally, from perspectives that are as informed as they are diverse.
Support for the Faculty Leaders Program
The 2018-2019 Faculty Leaders Program was generously supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.