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Christensen Named 2014-2015 Service-Learning Fellow

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Sep 2014

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Christensen on being named a 2014-2015 Service-Learning Fellow, chosen by the Office of Service-Learning, a unit of the UGA Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and the Office of the Vice President for Instruction. As one of the nine faculty members across campus, Christensen will spend the academic year exploring new ways to integrate experiential learning into his teaching and research. The fellows will meet regularly throughout the academic year and will receive an award of up to $2,500 to develop a service-learning project. Dr. Christensen plans to examine undergraduate students’ public service motivation and its relationship to participation in service-learning activities, with particular attention to the influences of student gender and ethnicity and longer-term impacts on career choices that may be public service related.

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Mutual Exchange: SPIA students travel to South Korea to study policy management in Seoul

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Sep 2014

It is 7,120 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Athens, Georgia, to Seoul, South Korea. For the past five years, UGA students have traveled to Seoul to learn about local government in the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. The most recent group of graduate and undergraduate students made the trip this past summer. The UGA School of Public and International Affairs has a memorandum of understanding with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the University of Seoul. Each year, eight to 10 UGA students join other students from other universities for "Case Study: Policy Management in Seoul." "This is very typical of how progressive Seoul is; they are using this arrangement as an opportunity to market the city globally to the future city and state managers," said Rob Christensen, an associate professor of public administration in SPIA and the instructor for the 2014 case study in May. "Seoul is always interested in learning and is changing so quickly. This is just one of those touch points where it can both learn and share its own vision."

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Dean Lindquist Gives Lecture at the Mexican Electoral Tribunal

School of Public and International Affairs

Sep 2014

On September 6, 2014, Dean Lindquist presented at the Mexican Electoral Tribunal in Mexico City, Mexico. In her lecture, Dean Lindquist addressed party and ideological polarization in the United States, drawing on the work of Keith Poole, among others. In a 15-minute follow-up, Flavio Galván Rivera, Justice at the High Chamber of the TEP JF, addressed the subject from a Mexican perspective. The workshop aimed to update and broaden the knowledge and concepts of jurisdictional and legal training personnel in fundamental subjects of American Electoral Law, which was addressed from a comparative perspective. Workshop graduates learned current and precedent topics of relevance to Electoral Law, that are discussed both in political and academic forums in the United States.

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Lecture News

Dr. David Mayhew to Give Annual Parthemos Lecture

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Sep 2014

The Department of Political Science will host its annual Parthemos Lecturer on October 15th from 3:30-5:00 in the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, Room 271. This year's invited speaker is Dr. David Mayhew. Dr. David Mayhew is one of the world’s leading authorities on Congress and American party politics. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of his landmark book, Congress: The Electoral Connection, which is one of the most widely read and cited books in political science. His other award-winning books include Divided We Govern (2005) and Partisan Balance: Why Political Parties Don’t Kill the U.S. Constitution (2011). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been a member of the board of overseers of the National Election Studies of the Center for Political Studies, and has served as a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hoover National Fellow, a Sherman Fairchild Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, and an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. He received the Samuel J. Eldersveld Career Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association in 2004. The Parthemos Lecture Fund was established to honor the contributions of George S. Parthemos to the University and to the State of Georgia. In particular, the fund seeks to commemorate his outstanding qualities as a teacher. Each year, the fund allows one of the world’s leading political scientists to visit the University of Georgia not only to deliver a public lecture but to teach an undergraduate class and meet informally with students and faculty. This series has allowed our faculty and students to learn from these distinguished scholars. To make a gift to the Parthemos Memorial Lecture Fund, please contact Donna Brazzell at 706-542-9661 or dbrazzel@uga.edu.

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Dr. Monogan wins award at APSA

Department of Political Science

Aug 2014

Congratulations to Professor Jamie Monogan. The State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association awarded Dr. Monogan, David Konisky (Georgetown University), and Neal Woods (University of South Carolina) the Best Paper Award for their paper, "Gone with the Wind: Federalism and the Strategic Placement of Air Polluters."

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Dr. Haynes Becomes Member of APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Steering Committee

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Aug 2014

Dr. Audrey Haynes has been invited to be a member of the American Political Science Association's Teaching and Learning Conference Steering Committee. It is a 6-member committee and leads the planning effort the TLC conference which will be held in February 2015 by the Executive Director of the APSA, Steven R. Smith. She will be serving a three-year term. The APSA Teaching and Learning Conference is a unique meeting in which APSA strives to promote greater understanding of cutting-edge approaches, techniques, and methodologies for the political science classroom. The conference provides a forum for scholars to share effective and innovative teaching and learning models and to discuss broad themes and values of political science education--especially the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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New MPA cohort participates in service learning

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Aug 2014

First-year MPA students wrapped up socialization week with Saturday morning service learning projects across the community. Students served at three different Habitat for Humanity sites, the Salvation Army, and J.J. Harris Elementary School through the organization Keep ACC Beautiful. Student concluded their service with a discussion on what they learned at their locations as well as how they can relate their classwork to the work that is currently being done in the community. These projects also kicked off each student's goal to volunteer 100 hours of their time while in the MPA program. Seven hours down, only 93 left!

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Student gives volunteer management presentation

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Aug 2014

Second-year MPA student, Amanda Stephens, gave a great presentation entitled "Volunteer Management - Best Practices" for a summer course on volunteer management. Amanda Stephens is a 2nd year MPA student, specializing in Nonprofit Administration. Amanda is currently on staff at Georgia 4-H where she coordinates student leadership conferences and works collaboratively with extension specialists and volunteers to offer quality youth development programs across Georgia. She recently created volunteer management materials for extension agents and associates who coordinate 4-H volunteer programs across the southern region. She hopes to continue working with volunteer managers to build capacity for Georgia 4-H programs and activities.

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Christensen Addresses Attorneys at Annual Conference

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Aug 2014

Dr. Rob Christensen recently addressed the National Association of Appellate Court Attorneys at their annual conference. His invited remarks, "Improving Judicial Performance through Effective Motivation & Leadership," focused on the power of daily management techniques to improve public service delivery in the administration of justice. Other notable speakers on the program included Dean Eriwin Chemerinsky and Prof. Michael Saks.

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Dr. Johnson’s Book Hits Washington Post Bestseller List

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

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.

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