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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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 »
Many incoming students are not aware that the John Jay MPA Program offers a specialization in Urban Affairs. This 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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The 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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Dr. 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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Robin 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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We 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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