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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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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January 2014 Public Management Writing Workshops

December 16, 2014

writingTo register for the workshops, students MUST email writing@jjay.cuny.edu their workshop choices with title, date, and time. Since the Center is closed in January to the general population, there will be no one to answer phones. Students can only register by email and receive confirmation of such via email. If they need to cancel, they must follow the same procedure. All workshops take place in Room 1.120 NB.

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Time to Return Textbooks and iPads

December 9, 2014

Elearning MPAFrom December 9, 2014 until January 10, 2015, MPA Services will be accepting books and iPads for Fall 2014 in room 3312 North Hall Building. If you have registered for a course which makes you eligible to retain your iPad for the Spring semester, you still must renew your loan. If you are renewing an iPad load, it is not necessary to bring the iPad itself to MPA Services. Click “Read More” for the listing of times and dates.

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Once Again – MPA Programs Highly Ranked Nationally

October 20, 2014

FINAL_GP-seals-10aAccording to graduateprograms.com, 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

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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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