Flowers are abloom in Athens as spring showers have produced a beautiful garden on the campus. Many of our students and several faculty members are abroad studying in South Africa, Italy, China and Japan. Meanwhile, in the Dean's Office, we are looking back at a busy year and forward to future successes. Among last year's highlights: (1) funding from the Georgia State Legislature for the renovation of and a new annex to Baldwin Hall, (2) the initiation of a strategic planning exercise at SPIA, (3) the hiring of several new faculty members, including a new head for the Department of Public Administration and Policy (Brad Wright), and (4) our new website. We're making strides in providing new and enhanced programming in all our departments, in pursuing exciting new projects in China through the Center for International Trade and Security, and in securing resources to support faculty and students from our generous donors. We thank our Board of Visitors, Alumni Board, and our wonderfully supportive alumni network for all their hard work over the last year to assist us in making SPIA great.
The School of Public and International Affairs was formed with a lofty aim: to enhance students’ and citizens’ understanding of politics, public administration and policy, and international affairs. We pursue our mission through the production of cutting-edge research on political issues and institutions, through the creation of courses that inspire our students to think critically about public affairs, and through engagement with local, national and global communities in our many study abroad programs, internships, and outreach programs. Our students are incredibly bright and committed; they lead in many ways, including through the award-winning Mock Trial team, the publication of the insightful Georgia Political Review, and the fielding of our impressive Model UN team. Our alumni serve in some of the most influential positions in both the public and private sectors, and you can read about their accomplishments on this website’s alumni page. And our faculty members consistently win teaching and research awards both within UGA and from academic societies external to UGA. We have reason to be proud of our accomplishments, but we are always searching for new ways to enhance our programs. If you have any ideas to share, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow me on Twitter at @SPIADean.
Thanks for visiting with us!
Stefanie A. Lindquist
Dean and Arch Professor of Public and International Affairs