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

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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Information on the Capstone Seminar

August 15, 2014

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The purpose of the PAD 771 Capstone seminar is for students to demonstrate that they have successfully mastered skills developed during studies in the MPA program. The student develops a term project on a real-world policy, oversight or public management problem by developing a policy analysis report for a mock client.  The Capstone is the final step towards successful completion of the MPA program and is taught by a range of faculty; click “Read More” for an overview of how the course works.

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Farewell to Mary-Ann Triest, MPA Career Advisor

August 15, 2014


This summer, we said goodbye to Mary-Ann Triest, the Associate Director of MPA Career Services and MPA Career Advisor. Mary-Ann was a terrific resource for students in our program, organizing career panels that were informative and beneficial in assisting students with professional networking. (Click “Read More” for a brief round-up of a well-attended panel on federal careers held in June.)  We wish her all the best in her future endeavors; she will be missed.

In the interim, Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development Will Simpkins is in charge of MPA Career Services. Stay tuned for an announcement on a new Associate Director soon!

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2014 Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony

May 23, 2014

34522_131426553556144_3374290_nPi Alpha Alpha is the Global Honor Society for public administration. With over 160 chapters in numerous countries, PAA is renowned around the world.  John Jay College has had a chapter on campus for over two decades, and each year inducts the best and brightest of its current Masters of Public Administration students into Pi Alpha Alpha. Membership in PAA not only enhances the resumes of those who graduate as members, but also provides access to networking and other benefits. 

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Business continuity careers: An alumni interview

May 23, 2014

By Salomon Alcocer Guajardo, PhD. Associate Professor

05-20-14 MPA Newsletter Kim CBusiness continuity and emergency response plans contain policies and procedures for organizations to follow and to maintain operations immediately after experiencing a catastrophic event. Organizations hire business continuity and emergency response experts to assist in developing and implementing emergency response plans. Marriott International, Inc. recently hired Kimberly Cunningham, a 2013 graduate of John Jay’s MPA program, to assist the company with its Business Continuity Program.

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Once Again – MPA Programs Highly Ranked Nationally

October 20, 2014

FINAL_GP-seals-10aAccording to, a  student-based rate-and-review website for graduate programs,  John Jay’s MPA programs have been ranked #3 among MPA Public Policy Programs and #4 among Public Administration MPA programs. In a new ranking our online MPA program was also ranked #4. The rankings are based on reviews by students enrolled in the programs. In both rankings, JJCCJ was the only CUNY MPA program listed in the top 25.

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Fall 2014 MPAQE Information for Students

October 9, 2014

The Masters of Public Administration Qualifying Exam, or MPAQE, will be given in Week Ten of this semester.. The exam will be held in the ITSS Lab of the New Building (room L2.72). You will be directed to a room within the ITSS suite. All students enrolled in PAD 700 MUST TAKE the exam or they will receive a grade of incomplete until the student has taken the exam. (Passing the exam is not required in order to pass the class.) No student is exempt from the MPAQE.  Please note: students may also experience other consequences for not completing PAD 700, such as a potential loss of financial aid or possible academic probation. Click “Read More” to see a schedule of times and basic guidelines for the exam.

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Apply for the MPASA Conference Award for NECoPA 2014! Deadline is September 19

September 16, 2014


All About Conferences Workshop – September 29, 2014

September 16, 2014

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Free Tickets Available to the NYCFE Conference at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on October 17 & 18!

September 12, 2014

The New York Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is excited to announce their upcoming two-day conference at John Jay College on October 17 & 18.

This year’s conference theme is “Global Fraud Trends, The Critical C’s: Compliance, Corruption and Cybercrime.”

The keynote speakers are leading criminal justice professionals Thomas J. Harrington, Managing Director and Chief Information Security Officer, Citi (former FBI) and John Odermatt, Managing Director, Office of Emergency Management (former NYPD and NYC OEM).

The conference speakers represent an esteemed list of professionals, to include several professors who teach in the Department of Public Management (Randall LaSalle, Adam Wandt, and Andrew Rudyk) as well as Douglas Salane, Chair of the Mathematics & Computer Science Department and the Director for Cybercrime studies at John Jay.

Click “Read More” to see how you can obtain free tickets!

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Differential Tuition Financial Support Update

August 24, 2014

There are three important changes in the Differential Tuition Financial Support (DTFS) program for Fall 2014 – changes the the standard award amounts, an honors level of award,  and changes in the timing and process of making the awards. DTFS provides for tuition waivers for eligible students to offset part of the MPA Differential Tuition, which is higher tuition rate that CUNY sets for all MPA students. See Tuition Schedule for information about tuition rates. See Differential Tuition Financial Support Rules for detailed information about the program.
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Career Services Fall Announcements

August 15, 2014

The Career Center welcomes all new students to John Jay College!

  • Check out John Jay Careers Online for information about employers who are recruiting this Fall.
  • Have you updated your John Jay Careers Online Profile within the last month? If not, you could be limiting your visibility to prospective employers!
  • Save the date: Graduate & Professional School Admissions Fair October 15, 2014
  • Save the date: Job & Internship Fairs: September 18, 2014

MPA Textbook/iPad Schedule

August 8, 2014

This is the Fall 2014 schedule for distribution and return of loaner textbooks and iPads. MPA services will be moving to 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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