Tue, September 2, 2014

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  • Dr. Christensen Elected Chair

    Congratulations to Public Administration and Policy Professor Dr. Robert Christensen on being elected as Program Chair for the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management. This is a 4-year leadership position that includes a year as Division Chair.  The focus of the Public and Nonprofit Division is to research on public and nonprofit organizations, as well as to bring together scholars, managers, and students who continue this tradition by studying the public and nonprofit sectors. The members pay special attention to how distinctive qualities of the public and nonprofit sectors influence management and organizational processes.  For more information: http://division.aomonline.org/pnp/

  • 14th Seoul Case Study

    Students from the Department of Public Administration and Policy recently returned from their trip to Seoul as part as a special topics course. The week-long trip capped off a semester of learning about city management and urban governance. During the trip, students were given the opportunity to further understand  policy management and reforms undertaken by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. In addition to UGA, other participating schools included Rutgers University, Central Michigan University, and the University of Sheffield (UK).

  • SPIA Summer Reads

    School is out and summer vacation is upon us. As you pack for the beach, don’t forget to grab a book for those long hours in the sun. SPIA has created a list of books with glowing recommendations and riveting synopses that will entice you put down “Divergent” and grab a faculty favorite instead. From “To Kill a Mocking Bird” to “The Face of Battle”, this list contains all the reads you will need for a fantastic summer break! Take a look here.

Faculty News

Dr. Johnson’s Book Hits Washington Post Bestseller List

Aug 2014 Dr. Loch K. Johnson’s book “Intelligence: The Secret World of Spies: An Anthology” has hit The Washington Post’s bestseller list for nonfiction. In his book, Johnson and Wirtz present a diverse, comprehensive, and yet highly accessible set of readings from leading experts in the field. This edition includes: 24 new articles, a new epilogue, updated instruction, discussion questions, and comprehensive coverage of many hot topics.

Research News

UGA Ranks First in International Study for Scholarship in Public Administration Research

Jul 2014 When it comes to scholarly activity, the University of Georgia’s Department of Public Administration and Policy has a long history of success. In a recent study from the Journal of Public Affairs Education, the faculty of the public administration program within the School of Public and International Affairs placed number one for international scholarly output based on quality and productivity.

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  • Valentine, Tommy

    Major: Generalist

    Tommy Valentine (MPA '15) is a management and strategy consultant with a background in political campaigning, event planning, and retail operations. He is the recipient of the 2013 Harold F. Holtz, Jr., Master of Public Administration Scholarship, the First-Year Liaison for Georgia Students for...

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    Carroll, Deborah A.

    Associate Professor

    Hutson, Amanda

    Major: Nonprofit Administration

  • Ying,  Yan

    Major: Public Administration

    Yan Ying, an enthusiastic and optimistic Chinese student who is interested in interpreting western experience to China. He is always on the road of pursuing truth and happiness....

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    Liu, Rongrong

    Research Associate

    Rongrong Liu has organized a series of nongovernmental exchange programs between the U.S. and China on nonproliferation and strategic trade control issues, and is leading an effort to create a U.S.-China New Relation Colloquium (NRC) at CITS. She works with international businesses to improve their...

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    Wright, Bradley


  • Roberts, Heather

    Administrative Specialist I

    Heather has worked for the department since 2004. Her duties include course scheduling, classroom location, webmaster for the departmental website, Program Coordinator for the Maymester China Program, Sectioning Officer, and overall management of the Political Science office. Heather is a native of...

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    James, Kevin

    Academic Advisor

    Rainey, Hal G.

    Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor

    Hal G. Rainey (Ph.D., Ohio State, 1978) is Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. ...

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Sep 10

Study Abroad Presentation

·        Introduction of Study Abroad Programs by faculty

·        Funding discussion –need based scholarships and crowdfunding

·        Student Presentations – Asia, China, Verona, Italy, and Stellenbosch, South Africa

·        Program questions answered and brochures available.

Refreshments afterwards in Candler Hall lobby

Sep 11

Dr. Berejikian Lecture

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

MLC Reading Room

When you ask students to describe their favorite video game they use terms like “addictive” and “awesome.” Rather than compete against digital distractions for student attention, building video games into the fabric of a classroom allows instructors to harness the fact that games are designed to provide immersive entertainment. To register: https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5b6S5LUduDdKje5

Sep 12

Speaker: Lynn Vavreck

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Baldwin 302, 2:00-3:30pm

UGA's Political Science department hosts speaker: Lynn Vavreck.

Oct 1

Deadline for submitting applications for admission to candidacy for Dec 2014 graduation

5:00 pm

Final date for submitting applications for admission to candidacy to the Graduate School for doctoral candidates who plan to graduate in December 2014. If you were not admitted to candidacy prior to June 13, 2014, you must register for 10 hours Fall 2014.

Oct 10

Getzen Lecture: Betsy Fretwell

2:00 pm

UGA Chapel

Oct 15

Annual Parthemos Lecture, David Mayhew

Oct 16

Deadline for submitting requests for transfer of credit for Dec 2014 graduation

5:00 pm

Final date for submitting requests for transfer of credit, with accompanying transcripts, to the Graduate School for students graduating in December 2014.

Oct 24

Deadline for doctoral students to submit information for December 2014 Commencement program

5:00 pm

Final date for doctoral students to submit information for Commencement program for December 2014 graduation

Nov 10

Deadline for submitting thesis or dissertation for a format check for December 2012 graduation

5:00 pm

Final date for submitting one complete copy of a thesis or dissertation for a format check for December 2014 graduation.

Dec 1

Final date for the receipts by the Graduate School

5:00 pm

Final date for the receipts by the Graduate School