Mon, November 30, 2015

SPIA In 60 Seconds

  • Wright Elected to NAPA

    Congratulations to Public Administration and Policy Department Head and Professor Bradley Wright for being elected as a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow.  He joins Professor Rainey, Professor Whitford, and Professor O’Toole in this distinguished group.  NAPA Fellows are selected in recognition of a lifelong contribution to the public service and is one of the highest national honors for public servants, researchers and lecturers.  The National Academy of Public Administration is a non-partisan organization chartered by the US Congress in 1965 to improve the practice of public management by recognizing excellence in the public service and by conducting management studies and technical assistance for all levels of government.

  • New CITS Director, Dr. Jones

    SPIA is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Scott Jones as Director of the Center for International Trade and Security beginning July 1, 2015. With twenty years’ experience at the Center, Dr. Jones is highly qualified to lead this important organization at the School. We thank Professor William Keller for his dedicated service as Director over the past four and one-half years, during which time he worked tirelessly to further the Center’s mission. For the full story, click here

  • Justwan Joins Idaho Faculty

    The 2014-2015 academic year was a great year for job placements by Georgia's Political Science and International Affairs Ph.D. graduates. Most recently, Florian Justwan has accepted a faculty position at the University of Idaho, starting this fall. All total, five of our Ph.D. students accepted tenure-track positions, meaning that they will have the opportunity to earn tenure after several years at their new institutions. In addition to Florian's new position, Chris Hare is joining the University of California at Davis, Sarah Fisher is joining Emory and Henry College, Melanie Kolbe will be joining the Graduate School of International and Development Study in Switzerland, and Mark Owens is joining the University of Texas at Tyler. For more information about Florian Justwan's work, see:

  • Alumna Takes Fellowship Abroad

    For SPIA alumna Kendra Pengelly, her dreams of working in international policy have become a reality, and she has the School to thank. “I graduated in December of 2014 and started working for the European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress at the beginning of the New Year,” said Pengelly. “ I analyze legislation and policies vital to the trans-atlantic relationship between the EU and the US.” As the Robert Schuman Fellow at the European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress, Pengelly focuses on policy relevant to homeland security, cyber security, international trade, counterterrorism, nuclear security, international human rights, and the Middle East. She works alongside eleven European Parliament Senior staffers to encourage trans-atlantic dialogue.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Faculty News

Department of Public Administration Hosts Event for Local Nonprofits

Nov 2015 On November 10th, the Department of Public Administration and Policy in the School of Public and International Affairs co-hosted a free event for the local nonprofit community. The other event partners and organizers included the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations in the School of Social Work, and the Athens Area Community Foundation. The event was titled "Northeast Georgia's Changing Nonprofit Environment: Moving Your Nonprofit to Data-Driven Decision Making." Matt Hauer from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government presented data on the changing demographic landscape of Northern Georgia, including projections for increased racial diversity throughout the state and population decline in many rural counties. Rebecca Nesbit from the Department of Public Administration and Policy presented information about the number and types of nonprofit organizations in Northeast Georgia, including the number of nonprofit organizations per 10,000 people for each of the 12 counties in the region. The event attendees represented over 20 local nonprofit and government organizations providing a range of services, including such things as homeless shelters, senior services, youth services, and community development. Attendees discussed the data presented and what it means for local nonprofit organizations. Some local organizations shared how they have used data to inform decision-making about their programs and to leverage greater support and funding. Attendees also discussed how to form stronger connections with the UGA community to strengthen their ability to collect and use pertinent data to to help them strengthen their programs and fulfill their organizational missions.

Alumni news

SPIA Alumus Named Assistant to President Morehead

Oct 2015 University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead will welcome SPIA alumnus Arthur Tripp, Jr., to his staff on Nov. 11 as assistant to the president. Tripp currently serves as senior policy advisor for U.S. Representative David Scott, who represents Georgia’s 13th Congressional District in Washington, DC.

“I am very pleased that Arthur is joining our staff,” said Morehead. “His extensive involvement as a student leader at UGA and his significant professional experience on Capitol Hill have prepared him well for this important position. He will be an outstanding addition to the President’s Office, and I look forward to his contributions.”

In his new role as assistant to the president, Tripp’s primary responsibilities will be focused on student affairs and diversity relations. He also will serve as the liaison to the Staff Council, Retirees Association and Board of Visitors, as well as represent the Office of the President in the planning of several annual campus events.

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  • Bullock, Charles S.

    Richard B. Russell Professor

    CHARLES S. BULLOCK, III, holds the Richard B. Russell Chair in Political Science and is Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Georgia. He has been at the University of Georgia since 1968 with the exception of one year when he served as legislative assistant to...

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    Thompson, Nancy Power

    Senior Director of Finance and Administration

    Nancy R. Power joined the UGA School of Public and International Affairs upon its inception in 2001. In her role as Assistant to the Dean for Finance and Administration, she serves as the head fiscal and administrative staff official for the School. In addition, she oversees summer school course...

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    John A. Lauckner

    Academic Advisor

  • Hines, Robert

    Brazzell, Donna

    Director of Development

    Ms. Brazzell joined the External Affairs Office of the School of Public and International Affairs in December 2013, as the Director of Development. For the past six years, she was the Executive Director of the DeKalb Library Foundation in Decatur, Georgia. She worked at the American Lung Association...

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    O’Toole, Laurence J.

    Golembiewski Professor of Public Administration and Distinguished Research Professor

    Laurence J. O’Toole, Jr. is the Margaret Hughes and Robert T. Golembiewski Professor of Public Administration and also Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia....

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  • Boyd, Christina L.

    Assistant Professor

    Christina L. Boyd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her current research focuses on the quantitative examination of judges and litigants in federal courts. ...

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Fall 2015 Undergraduate Commencement

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Fall 2015 Graduate Commencement

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2016 Separation of Powers Conference

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Talk by Dimitri Landa, New York University

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Talk by Christopher J. Fariss, “TBA”

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SPIA Networking Night