January 11, 2018

Hartmann Returns to Central Florida

Alumnus Jim Hartmann has returned to Central Florida after serving as county manager for Wake County, North Carolina, for the past three years. Hartmann now works as a consultant for the Alliance of Regional Transportation within the Orlando Economic Partnership. Prior to moving to North Carolina, he served as the county manager for Seminole County. Hartmann earned his bachelor’s degree in public administration in 1985 and his Master of Public Administration in 1993.

January 3, 2018

Hawkins Joins Journal’s Editorial Board

Urban and regional planning program director and Associate Professor Christopher Hawkins has accepted an invitation to serve as an editorial board member for the journal State and Local Government Review.

Hawkins will serve a two-year term on the board, from 2018 to 2020. During that time, he will review submitted manuscripts, attend the annual board meeting, and provide input and feedback on the quality of the journal.

SLGR is a double-blind, peer-reviewed journal that is published quarterly by SAGE Publications. Its focus lies in the politics, policy and management of state and local government.

December 11, 2017

Alumna Joins Faculty at Mississippi State

Tamara Dimitrijevska-Markoski, an alumna of the Doctoral Program in Public Affairs – Public Administration Track, joined the faculty at Mississippi State University this fall. She is serving as an assistant professor within the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.

December 11, 2017

School to Sponsor FEMA Higher Education Award

The 2018 FEMA Emergency Management Higher Education Conference will feature a new award, sponsored by the School of Public Administration. The school will present its inaugural Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award to a deserving academic at the conference, which will take place in June.

December 6, 2017

Student Publishes Article for American Society for Public Administration

Brie Haupt, a doctoral student in public affairs in the public administration track, recently wrote and published an article for the PA Times, a publication in association with the American Society for Public Administration. Her article, entitled “Publishing and Perishing as a Doctoral Student,” can be viewed here.

December 5, 2017

Urban Planning Alumni Elected to Executive Board

Two alumni from the urban and regional planning program have been named members of the executive committee of the American Planning Association’s Florida Chapter. Joshua DeVries, ’16, has been elected president of the organization while Emily Hanna, ’15, has been named vice president. Alissa Torres, an urban and regional planning advisory board member, was elected Orange County director of the executive board.

December 4, 2017

Book on State’s Climate Features Research from SPA Faculty

The Florida Institute just published the book “Florida’s Climate,” featuring chapters from SPA faculty. The book provides a review of the research on Florida’s climate, including climate benchmarks, climate predictions and the impact of climate change.

More than 90 researchers from Florida wrote chapters for the book, including Associate Professors Claire Knox and Chris Emrich, who co-authored “Human Dimensions and Communication of Florida’s Climate.” Emrich also co-authored the chapter “Climate and Weather Extremes.”

For more information on the book, visit the Florida Climate Institute or Amazon.

November 22, 2017

Advisory Board Member Recognized as Community Hero

Manuel Soto, the director of emergency management for the city of Orlando, was named an Orlando Utilities Commission Community Hero of the Game during a recent Orlando Magic game. Soto, who also serves on the school’s emergency management advisory board, was recognized for his service during Hurricane Irma and the shooting at Pulse nightclub in 2016.

The OUC Hero of the Game is an initiative between OUC and the Orlando Magic to honor public service professionals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the community.

November 7, 2017

Research Administration Student Receives Promotion

Master of Research Administration student Wendy McDonald recently accepted a position as a grants and contracts specialist for the Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis for the University of Texas at Dallas. Prior to her promotion, McDonald worked at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as a grants and contracts specialist.

McDonald said that her boss appreciates the fact that she is earning an MRA and values her commitment to the field of research administration.

November 2, 2017

Research Administration Alumni Present at International Conference

Master of Research Administration alumni Harriet Nambooze and Mir Asghar Ali Khan presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the Society of Research Administrators International. The event took place from Oct. 14 to Oct. 18 in Vancouver, Canada.

Nambooze presented a poster titled “Research Administrators:  A Critical Component in Research Training of Makerere University MEPI Junior Faculty in the NUTURE Program,” which discussed the capacity-building program at Makerere University in Africa. Khan presented “Negotiating an Award/Sub-Award with a Developing Country Institution from Canada,” and “International Joint Ventures.”

Advisory board member and adjunct Jennifer Shambrook also presented at the conference, for which she is a currently the co-chair of the Education and Professional Development Committee. Shambrook was recognized as a distinguished faculty member at the conference, and she and MRA director Angela White-Jones earned certificates in research law.