After John Jay: Higher Education in Public Administration

December 8, 2014
Crystal Charles, 3rd-year MPA Student

Crystal Charles, 3rd-year MPA Student

While many students in the MPA program see a Masters of Public Administration as their final educational destination, some students choose to move beyond this degree and pursue other educational avenues, including law degrees (J.D’s) and doctorates in public administration or related fields (PhD’s). One of those students is Crystal Charles, who is currently applying to PhD programs in public administration for Fall 2015. Crystal agreed to chat with MPA Newsletter editor Peter Federman about her experience and how John Jay has helped her pursue her dream of a terminal degree. Click “Read More” to find out more about Crystal’s educational journey.

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MPA Students Present at NECoPA 2014

December 8, 2014
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From left to right: Bieu Tran, Michael Bensimon, Dr. Patrick O’Hara, Julia Von Ferber, Natalie Wenzler and Theresa Middleton.

This November, 12 John Jay students and three faculty members attended the 2014 Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA). A regional conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), NECoPA’s annual meeting is a chance for public administration students, faculty and practitioners from New England and the Tri-State Area to gather together to share research and network. Drs. Nicole Elias, Lois Warner, and Patrick O’Hara along with MPA students Natalie Wenzler, Bieu Tran, Michael Bensimon, Theresa Middleton, Julia Von Ferber, Sherrad Belin and Peter Federman presented research projects ranging from off-duty police employment issues to the use of technology in public agencies. Below, Julia Von Ferber discusses her experience at NECoPA with MPA Newsletter editor Peter Federman. Read More »

Become a city leader: The Urban Affairs specialization

December 8, 2014

Many incoming students are not aware that the John Jay MPA Program offers a specialization in Urban Affairs. logoThis specialization is intended for those students interested in issues such as urban development, social and economic analysis of urban areas and dealing with problems in urban and community settings. Like other MPA specializations, Urban Affairs requires three core classes, but these classes are taken through the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, also part of the CUNY system.

Our editor, Peter Federman, interviewed one student who has chosen this specialization and asked him to expand a little on the various benefits and challenges of a program that takes place on two campuses. Jason Rochford began his John Jay career in the Inspector General program, but is now an Urban Affairs specialist. Click “Read Here” to learn more about this specialization and Jason’s experience in the program.

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Faculty Attend NASPAA, APPAM 2014; John Jay College Wins Two Awards

December 8, 2014

logoThe Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs & Administration (NASPAA) are the two major membership associations of public policy and public administration programs, respectively, in the United States and abroad. NASPAA is also the organization entrusted with accrediting Master of Public Administration programs and ensuring that educational standards are met and maintained. The conferences were co-held in Albuquerque, NM in November this year, as recognition of their shared mission towards robust public policy and administration education and scholarship.  Several John Jay professors and administrators, including Dr. Elaine Yi Lu, Dr. Karin Martin, Dr. Leigh Graham, and Dr. Elizabeth Nisbet attended APPAM while Dr. Lu and Dr. Marilyn Rubin represented the department at NASPAA.  Drs. Lu and Martin shared their thoughts on the conferences with MPA newsletter editor Peter Federman.

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MPASA Wins OSL Award

September 11, 2014
MPASA Teamwork Award 2014Congrats to the MPA Student Association (MPASA) for receiving the “Teamwork Award” at the Office of Student Life (OSL) Award Ceremony on Monday, May 5th for the 2013-2014 academic year.
MPASA is represented by President Ohakwe Odum, VP Crystal Charles, Treasurer Camisha Dyce, and Secretaries Shanelle Rodrigues and Natalie Wenzler. They were nominated by their OSL advisor, Katherine Outlaw. There are over 50 student organizations in OSL eligible for the award.The mission of MPASA is “to inform and inspire students of public administration by providing them with a forum for social and professional development. MPASA provides students with both professional and academic networking opportunities.”

If you are interested in participating in MPAPSA, please email Natalie Wenzler at natalie.wenzler@jjay.cuny.edu.

Prof. Heath Brown joins MPA Faculty

September 11, 2014

SHU Faculty  PortraitsDr. Heath Brown joins the MPA program this fall as an Assistant Professor, where he will concentrate on courses and research in public administration, American politics, and interest groups. His current agenda focuses on the intersection of immigration, advocacy, and the Presidency. Dr. Brown is teaching the introductory course PAD 700 this fall.

He was born and grew up in Brooklyn. He earned his Master’s in International Affairs and Ph.D. from The George Washington University where his dissertation examined the personnel politics of charter schools. Dr. Brown is the author of Lobbying the New President: Interests in Transition, a study of how interest groups influence an incoming Presidential administration.

Click Read More to learn more about Dr. Brown’s current research agenda and plans for his future at John Jay.

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Prof. Robin Kempf joins MPA Faculty

September 11, 2014

RobinKempfRobin J. Kempf joins the department this fall as an Assistant Professor.  Her research interests relate to government accountability, the development and evolution of institutions, the politics of policy implementation, and law and society.  She is teaching PAD 701: Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Corruption and PAD 758: Ethics, Integrity and Accountability.

Ms. Kempf earns her PhD this month in Public Administration from the University of Kansas, School of Public Affairs and Administration, where she was a University Graduate Fellow and a Research Fellow with the University’s Institute for Policy & Social Research. She also holds a J.D. from the University of Kansas and a B.A. in American Studies from Brandeis University.

Click Read More to learn more about Professor Kepmf’s plans for her career at John Jay.

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Prof. David Shapiro Joins MPA Program

September 11, 2014

1ba463bWe are excited to welcome back David Shapiro, Esq. to John Jay, and to the MPA program for the first time! Professor Shapiro previously served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, and will hold the same title in the Department of Public Management. He has practiced in the general field of management consulting and more specifically in forensic accounting and fraud examination, risk management, and law enforcement for almost thirty years.

Prof. Shapiro serves as Deputy Director in the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting. This fall, he will be teaching PAD 742 – Public Sector Accounting and Auditing.

Click Read More to learn more about Professor Shapiro’s background, research and academic interests.

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Want to Share Your Thoughts on Sustainability?

March 3, 2015

Interested in writing about sustainability, environmental justice and more? Check out the John Jay Sustainability and Environmental Justice Blog, produced and written by members of the SEJ minor here at John Jay. The blog can be read at http://sustainabilityjjay.org/blog/. For more information or if you are interested, please reach out to Leigh Graham (lgraham@jjay.cuny.edu).

Professional Memberships Available!

March 3, 2015

Many MPA students may not be aware that they are eligible for FREE membership in several professional societies through the Department of Public Management. Click “Read More” to find out more about these organizations.

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Graduate Student Workshops

January 21, 2015

This semester, the Dean of Graduate Study’s Office is offering a series of free workshops for graduate students. Topics include writing in graduate school, how to connect with faculty members, how to engage in graduate-level research, how to present your work and yourself effectively and powerfully, and strategies for maximizing overall success in graduate school.

To find out further details about these workshops and to sign up online, go to http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/gradstudiesworkshop.

Refreshments will be served and seating is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible.

Fall 2014 MPAQE Results

January 21, 2015

Click “Read More” to see the results.

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NASPAA Student Simulation Competition – Registration Now Open!

January 21, 2015

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The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) is pleased to announce the Student Simulation Competition, which will occur on February 28, 2015 at six regional host sites across the country. This daylong event will bring together graduate students at NASPAA schools to analyze a real world problem and present their solutions to a panel of judges. The competition features a simulation model, which requires students to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom and implement systems thinking.

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Spring 2015 Schedule for Textbook/Tablet Loans

January 5, 2015

iPad repairThis is the Spring 2015 schedule for distribution and return of loaner textbooks and iPads. MPA services are located at Suite 3312N. However, if you go to the old offices at 3509N we will have a sign directing you to the new location, which is down the hall from the old location.
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January MPA Free Workshops

December 23, 2014

The free MPA Workshops for January 2015 include many new topics. The Writing Center MPA workshops are listed in a separate Newsletter announcement here:  Writing Center MPA Workshops.  Students sign up for regular MPA workshops using the link below, and for the Writing Center workshops by emailing writing@jjay.cuny.edu.
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State Attorney General and City Comptroller Internships Now Available – Application Deadline January 11, 2015

December 18, 2014

jjccj2Inspection and Oversight students with at least a 3.67 GPA and who have taken PAD 740 have an opportunity to compete for four extremely desirable (although unpaid) internships offering unusual opportunities for professional advancement in the coming (Spring 2015) semester: two in the Investigations Division of the State A.G.’s office and two in the Audit Bureau of the City Comptroller’s office.

Click “Read More” to see the announcement of the positions by the two offices.

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