Dr. Nicole M. Rishel Elias
Dr. Nicole M. Rishel Elias is a new Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She received her MPA and Ph.D. from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. Dr. Elias is a magna cum laude graduate of John Carroll University and was elected to Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society.
Dr. Elias’s research interests include the theory and context of public administration, human resources management, organizational theory, diversity and difference, and public representation and participation. Dr. Elias has presented her papers in several academic conferences. Moreover, her recent works were published in Administrative Theory & Praxis and Public Administration Review.
In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Elias was the Managing Editor of Administration & Society from 2009 to 2012. She also gained professional experience in the federal Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C., and at the City Planning Department of Youngstown, Ohio. Dr. Elias has taught courses at Virginia Tech and John Carroll University in Political Science and Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and in the Undergraduate Honors Programs. In an interview, Prof. Elias discusses her interests in public administration, PAD 700 and 702, the growing scope of public administration, and tip-offs for students to succeed in the their career path.
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MPASA members with Prof. Cabrera, Col, and Elias
On November 1 and 2, the fourth annual Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) met at the University of Delaware, where students, academicians, nonprofit leaders, private professionals and public administrators gathered to discuss the theme – “Opportunities, Threats and Intriguing Possibilities for Public Administration in an Information Society.” Under the initiative of the MPA Student Association (MPASA), 15 students from John Jay College also took part in the conference.
Conference panels covered various dimensions of public sector from social policy to fiscal challenges, white collar crime, transparency, accountability, performance management, shared services, civil society, and international comparative administration. “The conference explored a variety of issues in the public and non-profit sectors. It looked at threats and opportunities for the public administrator in an information society. Like we anticipated, the attendees were enlightened and also had the opportunity to network with great political actors,” said MPASA President Ohakwe Odum. Read on for conference highlights, including the role of John Jay participants.
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MPA students received their iPads from MPA Services..
More than 400 MPA students have been loaned Apple iPad tablets, funded through the Differential Tuition. The iPads were loaned to students in selected core courses PAD 700, PAD 715, PAD 739, PAD 758 and PAD 771.
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Professor Jeanne-Marie Col and Professor Ned Benton at the conference of Inspectors General in Africa.
During June, Professors Jeanne-Marie Col and Ned Benton attended a meeting of the Executive Committee of the African Forum of State Inspectors General (AFIGO) in Cote d’Ivoire in Africa. The AFIGO member nations are Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, The Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Republic of Guinea (Conakry), Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Uganda.
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Emergency Management Simulator
Associate Professor Dr. William Pammer teaches a newly developed course, Decisions in Crises (PAD 318). He shares his insights into this highly unique course with us here.
What does PAD 318, Decision in Crisis, offer to students? What is the main aim of this course?
Developed during the academic year 2011-2012, PAD 318, Decisions in Crises, offers students a unique learning experience by placing them in highly unpredictable situations that require resolution to contain regional and global disaster. The course aims to help students understand how decisions are made during times of crises when decision-makers–persons in public organizations at the executive, operational or community level—find themselves outside the normal routines of day-to-day public management. Read More »