Archive for the 'Public Administration' Category

Research on nursing home service quality in the news

Dr. Darla HamannDr. Darla Hamann’s research on nursing home service quality was featured in a news item on McKnight’s, a business news magazine covering the long-term care field.

The item notes that she analyzed nursing home employees’ managerial decisions and how they are linked to quality of service, and found that “[e]mpowering nursing assistants and family members of nursing home residents in decision-making results improved service.”

Hamann’s article about this research “Does Empowering Resident Families or Nursing Home Employees in Decision Making Improve Service Quality?” was published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, Vol. 33.

Dr. Martinez-Cosio’s research wins award

Dr. Maria Martinez-Cosio was awarded the 2014 Current Research Award from the Community Development Society. The award was given to Dr. Martinez-Cosio and her co-author, Dr. Mirle Rabinowitz Bussell, in recognition of work on their book “Catalysts for Change: 21st Century Philanthropy and Community Development.” Dr. Martinez-Cosio was also appointed to a U.S.-Canadian research collaboration, “Philanthropic Action of Canada’s Grant-Making Foundations: Investigating their Social Innovation and Catalytic role in Societal Change,” funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her role will be to share the typology she developed on private foundations engaged in community development in the U.S. and help develop points of comparison with Canadian foundations.

Online MPA program ranked No. 4

Good news about SUPA’s Online MPA program, which placed No. 4 in the Spring 2014 rankings of top graduate programs on GraduatePrograms.com. View the ranking. Rankings are based on ratings and reviews from current or recent graduate students on the site. Thank you students!

Public Administration program earns full reaccreditation

Great news! The School of Urban and Public Affairs’ Master of Public Administration program has earned full reaccreditation through 2018 from the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

The accreditation comes after a rigorous one-year peer review process which included an internal review report, a site visit from appointed faculty from other programs, and an external review by the association. The MPA program at UTA is one of just 162 schools recognized with accreditation from NASPAA.

“Accreditation tells our students that they are in a high quality program as well as strengthens the resumes of our alumni,” said David Coursey, director of SUPA’s MPA program.

Learn more about NASPAA and the accreditation process at www.naspaa.org.

New Graduate Student Orientation

New grad students: Come meet the Dean, program directors and advisors at the New Graduate Student Orientation on Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in University Hall.

We will also discuss the PhD, Urban Affairs, Public Administration and City and Regional Planning program plans, future academic schedules and many lots more about SUPA.

If you plan to attend, RSVP to Christa Barreras at christab@uta.edu or 817-272-5631.

New Grad Student Orientation

SUPA awards record number of Ph.D. degrees in 2011-2012

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The School of Urban and Public Affairs is proud to have awarded a record number of doctoral degrees during the 2011-2012 academic year. Congratulations to our Ph.D. graduates:

Public and Urban Administration
Helen Kay Godbey, Ph.D.
G.M. Cox, Ph.D.
J. Randall Farmer, Ph.D.
Linda K. Johnson, Ph.D.
Ravindra Kumar Jain, Ph.D.
Uvaldina Montoya Janecek, Ph.D.
Rebecca Jane Lewis, Ph.D.
Malcolm Khalid Oliver, Ph.D.
Urban Planning and Public Policy
Lou Kelley Brewer, Ph.D.
Kent Lee Hurst, Ph.D.
Chawana Mwangeka, Ph.D.
Moses Pologne, Ph.D.
Pratap Narasimha Mandapaka, Ph.D.
Steven Nabieu Rogers, Ph.D.
Ali Tayebi, Ph.D.
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More faculty publications and presentations

The School of Urban and Public Affairs faculty has been busy. Check out the latest roundup of recent publications and presentations from our talented faculty:

Richard ColeRichard Cole, PhD, Professor of Urban and Public Affairs

Attachments to Multiple Communities and Public Ambivalence Toward Immigration in the United States,” in Jack Jedwab and John Kincaid, eds., Identities, Trust, and Cohesion in Federal Countries: Perspectives from Public Opinion, (McGill-Queen’s Press), 2012.

Attachments and Identification in Federal States,” (with J. Kincaid), Canadian Issues, summer/fall, 2012).

The Current Status and Roles of State of State Advisory Commissions on Intergovernmental Relations in the U.S. Federal System,Public Administration Review, 2011.

Trickle Down Economics Texas Style:  Impacts of the Texas Budget Crisis on Local Governments,” The Ideas Quarterly Report, 2011.

Citizen Attitudes Toward Issues of Federalism in Canada, Mexico, and the United States,” (with J. Kincaid), Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 2011.

Implications of Public Trust and Confidence in Orders of Government for Intergovernmental Boundaries in Four Federal Countries,” (with J. Kincaid), Annual Meeting of the International Political Science Association, July, 2012.

Attitudinal Evidence for the North American Political Culture Concept,” (with R. Whelan) Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, June 17, 2012.

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Michan ConnorMichan Connor, PhD, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Holding the Center: Images of Urbanity on Television in Los Angeles, 1950-1970,” scheduled for publication in the Summer 2012 issue of the Southern California Quarterly, the peer-reviewed journal of the Historical Society of Southern California.

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David CourseyDavid Coursey, PhD, Director of Public Administration

Decisions in Research Review Boards: The Role of Individual Characteristics and Communication Medium,” in Public Integrity, Spring 2012 with Yushim Kim, Deirdre Hahn.

Empirical Validation of the Relative Autonomy Index – A Self-Determination Perspective on Work Motivation in the Public Sector,” paper presented at International research Society for Public Management, Rome, Italy, April 2012, with Wouter Vandenabeele.

Click here to see more SUPA faculty publications.

Congratulations SUPA Class of 2012!

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Members of the School of Urban and Public Affairs Class of 2012 received their degrees at SUPA’s commencement ceremony on May 12, 2012, at UTA’s new College Park Center. UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo gave the commencement address.