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LBJ School Announces Search for Inaugural Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values

AUSTIN, Texas-- Sept. 8, 2010-- The LBJ School of Public Affairs is seeking nominations and applications for the inaugural holder of the Barbara Jordan Chair of Ethics and Political Values. Barbara Jordan held the Lyndon B. Johnson Chair in National Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs from 1978 until her death in 1996 and taught graduate courses in Ethics and Political Values.

Barbara Jordan championed public service and education both in spirit and substance," said Robert Hutchings, Dean of the LBJ School. "Her brilliant mind and passionate, erudite voice challenged and inspired countless young people to become involved citizens and take active roles in government or civic charitable projects. Renowned as a public official and guardian of the Constitution, in later years she immersed herself in engaging and enlarging the bright young minds at the LBJ School, winning legendary acclaim from her students, the faculty and the administration. It is with the creation of this Chair that bears her name that we honor her enduring legacy of public service and education.

Candidates should be either leading scholars with national or international distinction in one or more of the following fields: American politics, ethics, and political values; or should have a high level of experience in politics or policy making, preferably with a record of senior academic and teaching experience at a major university. The chair holder will be expected to provide senior leadership in teaching, research, and program development on behalf of the LBJ School's Center for Politics and Governance, and to collaborate with other major programs across The University of Texas at Austin campus.

The Barbara Jordan Chair of Ethics and Political Values search committee is chaired by Peter Ward, C.B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair in United States - Mexico relations and Fellow of the Sid Richardson Chair in Public Affairs. Search committee members include: LBJ School Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, Jacqueline L. Angel; Red McCombs School of Business Professor and Director of the IC2 Institute John Sibley Butler; President Emeritus of The University of Texas at Austin Larry R. Faulkner; Professor of Government and J.J. "Jake" Pickle Regents Chair in Congressional Studies Bryan D. Jones; LBJ School Professor and Dennis O'Connor Regents Professor in Business Ethan B. Kapstein; LBJ School Professor and Department of Theater and Dance Professor Francie Ostrower; and LBJ School Professor, Department of Radio, Television and Film Chair and George Christian Centennial Professor in Communications Paul Stekler, DeAnn Friedholm, Director for Health Reform for the Consumers' Union; Cesar Martinez, LBJ School Ph.D. candidate; and Shelby Tracy, LBJ School public affairs student.

The creation of the Barbara Jordan Chair of Ethics and Political Values is an example of a greater trend of bolstering and honoring the works and memory of Barbara Jordan across The University of Texas at Austin campus. In April 2009, The University of Texas at Austin unveiled a bronze statue of Barbara Jordan following a week of special events honoring the late congresswoman. Jordan is the first female public figure so honored on the campus. For more information on the Barbara Jordan statue project, visit:

The LBJ School will beging considering applications immediately. Formal applications are sought by December 15 but the position will remain open until filled.  For a full job description as well as more information on Barbara Jordan, visit The Barbara Jordan Chair of Ethics and Political Values search page at




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