The exemplary activities of the
faculty allow the program to link innovative research, current trends in
community service, and advanced student engagement efforts as it promotes
enriched learning experiences for students across a variety of public sector
settings (e.g. from state/local governments to nonprofit organizations).
For example, during the last five years the program’s faculty have published in
the top journals in public administration (e.g. Public Administration
Review, American Review of Public Administration), actively engaged the
public sector community in a variety of volunteer and work-based experiences
(e.g. volunteered to help a mid-Michigan County government form regional
partnerships and helped that government secure grant funding from the state of
Michigan; worked in County government as a County Commissioner; worked in the
nonprofit sector as an Executive Director), and learned of new pedagogic
techniques to keep students engaged in public administration and their overall
degree program (e.g. attendance at the University’s “Great Lakes and Teaching
Conference” and implementing a pedagogy based in deliberation through funding
from the Kettering Foundation). Such activities allow the program to be
actively engaged in the pracademic world of researching, teaching, and
implementing public policy and administration.
As part of its ongoing emphasis on pracademics, the program helped form the
Trans-National Initiative on Governance Research and Education Network
(TIGRE-Net). Since 2009, the program has helped sponsor an annual
research meeting of TIGRE-Net almost year (e.g. Macerata, Italy in 2009;
Toronto, Canada in 2010; Mount Pleasant, MI in 2011; Rome, Italy in 2012;
Prague, Czech Republic in 2013; Milan, Italy in 2015). These meetings
have included the active participation of MPA students and MPA faculty so that
our program can be exposed to international scholars and public sector professionals.
Through these conferences, MPA faculty, and at least one MPA student, have
published on trends in international public management in special issues of the
International Journal of Public Management and the International Journal of
Public Administration, as well as three books on international public
management trends (e.g. Making Multilevel Public Management Work: Stories
of Success and Failure from Europe and North America in 2013, Governance and
Public Management: Strategic Foundations for Volatile Times in 2014, and
Public Policy, Governance, and Polarization to be published in 2017).
In addition to the efforts detailed in the preceding table (3.3.1.) and
paragraphs, faculty in the program have also impacted public administration and
policy during the last five years by:
- Serving on the American Society for Public Administration-Michigan Area Chapter
Executive Board (Greitens).
- Serving as peer reviewers for journals such as the Journal of Public
Research & Theory, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public
Administration, Public Performance & Management Review, Journal of Public
Nonprofit Affairs (Greitens, Kukla-Acevedo, Powell).
- Being involved in the NASPAA Policy Student Simulation (Midwest Region, 2015)
- Acting as the mentor for the first place winners of the 2013 “Students
Michigan” undergraduate competition (Greitens)
- Volunteering time for public services (Powell with the Cystic Fibrosis
and the Aquinas College Alumni Foundation).
|Name||Research or Scholarship||Community Service||Efforts to Engage Students|
|Bill Cowles||||||Attended the University’s “Great Lakes Teaching and Learning Conference” in 2016 (conference exposes participants to new technologies and innovative learning pedagogies in university teaching).|
|Thomas Greitens||M. Ernita Joaquin & Thomas J. Greitens. 2012. Contract Management Capacity Breakdown? An Analysis of Local Governments from 1997 to 2007. Public Administration Review, 72 (6), 807-816.||Co-wrote a local government’s grant application to the state that helped them form a regional collaboration to enhance problem-solving judicial programing (Sabrina Sylvain, Thomas J. Greitens, & Ignacio D. Acevedo. 2014. Juvenile Justice in Home Care Programs for Rural Counties. This competitive grant emphasizes innovate treatment approaches for juvenile offenders and also includes significant components on partnership building between three Michigan Circuit Courts and their county governments. $196,661. Awarded from Michigan Department of Human Services to Gratiot County Court Systems). |||
From 2013-2015, received funding (along with J. Cherie Strachan) from the Kettering Foundation’s Centers for Public Life to enhance student deliberation skills for both undergraduate students and MPA students.
(J. Cherie Strachan & Thomas J. Greitens. 2015. Promoting Discussion in Academic Circles. $5000. Awarded by the Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH) and J. Cherie Strachan & Thomas J. Greitens. 2013. Deliberative Pedagogy and the Citizenship Deficit. Kettering Foundation Learning Agreement for Deliberation Research. $5000. Awarded by the Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH).
|So Hee Jeon||Nicole Esparza & So Hee Jeon. 2013. Interlocking Boards of Trustees and Grant Acquisition Among Homeless Service Organizations. Public Performance & Management Review 36 (4): 637-664.||||Led the program’s “Seoul Case Study Field Trip” to Seoul, South Korea where MPA students view the operations of the Seoul Metropolitan Government (Spring 2016).|
|Sharon Kukla-Acevedo||Sharon Kukla-Acevedo, Megan E. Streams, & Eugenia Toma. 2011. Can a Single Performance Metric Do It All? A Case Study in Education Accountability. American Review of Public Administration 42 (3): 303-319.||||Served as the Department’s Internship Coordinator since 2013 and in that position helped to link MPA students to internship opportunities in the public sector.|
|Emma Powell||Emma Powell. 2015. The Value of Networking: Allocating Resources to Participate. Paper presentation at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society for Public Administration. Chicago, IL.||Executive Director of the Michigan Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure (last year in this position was 2012). ||Public Administration Student Success Mentor, Western Michigan University 2015. (Provided career mentoring and course advice to students).|
|Nancy Quarles||||Oakland County Michigan Commissioner (first elected in 2010, current term is from 2015-2016. Commissioners’ responsibilities include: formulating policies, passing ordinances, adopting the county budget and establishing county tax millage rates, and overseeing the county’s development and capital improvement plans). ||Led the program’s study abroad experience to Prague, Czech Republic. MPA students attended panels at the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) and participated in a pre-conference policy simulation with other international students on environmental policy and administration.|
|Lawrence Sych||Lawrence Sych. 2014. Constructing Public Management Futures During Fiscal Stress. In Charles Conteh, Thomas J. Greitens, David K. Jesuit & Ian Roberge (eds.) Governance and Public Management: Strategic Foundations for Volatile Times, pp. 45-60. New York, NY: Routledge||Board member, Secretary, and president-elect of the Michigan Political Science Association from 2015-2017 (Responsible for implementing programming to maintain and increase membership).|||