Sat, February 28, 2015

SPIA In 60 Seconds

  • Hands on Learning

    This month, Dr. Berejikian hosted the AP European History class from Cedar Shoals High School. Using his interactive policy computer games, he brought international relations to life for these lucky students. The day started with a lecture and training workshop, and moved to the hands-on computer simulation in the afternoon.  Dr. Berejikian provided each team with research topics and histories of their chosen countries, allowing the students to prepare for the day. Competing as major power players in interwar Europe, the students learned about cooperation, diplomacy, peace, and war.  Running back and forth across the room, the team leaders negotiated terms of roads, schools, and bridges, allowing each student a unique opportunity to learn policy through play.

  • Publications

    Researchers at CITS promote nonproliferation through publications targeted to a variety of audiences. The 1540 Compass magazine educates stakeholders about the practical concerns of enforcement and legislation. Reports on specific topics cover the latest concerns and new ideas in the field. Books edited by our researchers address an academic audience, while articles and letters in mainstream magazines and newspapers educate the general public.

  • Professor Diehl Delivers Lecture

    Paul F. Diehl, the Henning Larsen Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and President-elect of the International Studies Association (ISA), delivered an invited talk at the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia entitled: “Not Taking One Thing at a Time: The Interdependence of Peace Operation Outcomes.” The talk detailed an ambitious new research agenda on the short- and long-term effectiveness of global peacekeeping and peacebuilding measures. This new agenda intends to answer important theoretical and policy-related questions about the use of peacekeeping operations through international organizations such as the United Nations and to improve their overall effectiveness in the long-run.

  • We Are SPIA

    2014 was an exciting year for the School of Public and International Affairs. Our departments and faculty continue to win top honors for their powerful teaching and productive research. From recieving the university's highest recognition for superior instruction to presenting research on security policy with the United States Strategic Command, our school never ceases to amaze. For a review of the year, please click here and consider supporting your alma mater this holiday season!

Student News

UGA’s Amazing Student News Features Kathleen Wilson

Feb 2015 SPIA student Kathleen Wilson is honored to be this week's UGA Amazing Student. Wilson is a Foundation Fellow who has traveled the world and is now working in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. Department of State in preparation for her career advocating for the political, economic and social rights of women and girls worldwide. "My first semester at UGA, I took a Spanish class, an Arabic class, an international affairs class, an economics class and a chemistry class," said Wilson. "Reflecting on the past 2 1/2 years I have spent at UGA, my experiences often seem like my freshman course load—a bit random and disjointed. Nonetheless, they have wonderfully blended together to form the cohesive narrative of who I am and what I’m passionate about."

Faculty News

Professor Owsiak Wins Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Feb 2015 Professor Andrew Owsiak has been awarded the 2015 Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Owsiak, who joined UGA's faculty in 2011, uses innovative methods while teaching Introduction to International Relations, Peace Studies and Crisis Diplomacy courses. Described as a "natural teacher" by a colleague, Owsiak uses simulations and role-playing that create visceral reactions from students, instilling in them the passion that he holds for the subjects. His work in the classroom has driven Owsiak and a colleague to study the effect of instructional techniques-whether lecture-based, discussion-based or simulation-based-on learning.

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Up Close

  • Dove, Jamie

    Major: Local Government

    Jamie Dove, a Nicholson, Georgia native, graduated in 2013 from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. She is in school currently to obtain her MPA with a specialization in Local Government....

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    Mudde, Cas

    Associate Professor

    Cas Mudde was born in the Netherlands, where he gained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science at Leiden University, under the supervision of the late Peter Mair. Before coming to the US in 2008, he has held tenure-track positions at Central European University (Hungary), the University of Edinburgh...

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    Zachmann, Bill

    Administrative Specialist I

    A SPIA alumnus, Bill has been with the Department of International Affairs since it began operations in August, 2003. He is responsible for managing the administrative functions of the department, which include developing and loading course schedules, maintaining the department's online and social...

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  • Clary, Matt

    Grants Coordinator

    Matt Clary received his Masters in 2009 and PhD in 2014 from the Department of International Affairs at SPIA and joined the staff as the Grants Coordinator in August 2014. Matt is responsible for helping faculty identify, research, and apply for grants for sponsored research and other external...

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    Sassler, Elizabeth

    Major: Public Management and Organizational Behavior

    Elizabeth Sassler is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at The University of Georgia. Her research focuses on organizational behavior and public management. Her current projects include work on employee motivation, deviant behavior, and...

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    James, Kevin

    Academic Advisor

  • Arrowood, Austin

    Major: Generalist

    My name is Austin Arrowood and I am an MPA student at the University of Georgia....

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    Dougherty, Keith

    Professor

    Keith Dougherty specializes in the institutional design of American politics -- both the effects of various political institutions and the explanations for why certain political institutions were adopted....

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Events

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Mar 2

Deadline for submitting requests for transfer of credit for May 2015 graduation

5:00 pm

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Mar 3

Susette M. Talarico Lecture

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Mar 6

Speaker: Ralph Ketcham “James Madison’s Public-spirited First Amendment”

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Baldwin Hall, Room 302

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Mar 13

Deadline for doctoral students to submit information for May 2015 Commencement program

5:00 pm

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Mar 18

Experience UGA

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Mar 20

Speaker: Timothy Meyer

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Mar 25

Experience UGA

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Mar 27

Delmer Dunn Lecture

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Baldwin Hall, Room 202

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Mar 27

Speaker: Ken Kollman “A Comprehensive Theory of the Dynamics of Partisanship”

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Baldwin Hall, Room 302

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Apr 6

Deadline for submitting thesis or dissertation for a format check for May 2015 graduation

5:00 pm