April 23, 2018

Journal Publishes Doctoral Student’s First Solo-Authored Article

Public Administration Quarterly has published “Archeology of Exclusion: Counter-Mapping Sites of Exclusion and Oppression in the Administrative State Using GIS” by doctoral student Esteban Santis. The article explores the use of geographic information systems to map areas of exclusion and oppression, and includes a case study of the Trayvon Martin case. This is the first published article written solely by Santis.

April 17, 2018

Zavattaro Earns Tenure

Associate Professor Staci Zavattaro is one of 36 faculty members at UCF to earn tenure this year. She is the only faculty member from the School of Public Administration who will be granted tenure in 2018.

April 10, 2018

Article Published on Cultural Competency in Emergency Management

An article by Associate Professor Claire Connolly Knox and doctoral student Brie Haupt has been published by the Journal of Public Affairs Education. The article is titled “Measuring cultural competence in emergency management and homeland security higher education programs.” Click here to read it.

April 9, 2018

Doctoral Student Place at Graduate Research Forum

Doctoral student Ashley Connors placed second in the social sciences and business category at the Graduate Research Forum. Her research, “Does Immigrant Status Influence Civic Engagement? An Examination of Parental Immigrant Status and Education Level on High School Students’ Civic Engagement,” examines the connection between a student’s civic engagement in high school and their parents’ immigration status.

“The results did not reveal a significant relationship between immigration status and civic engagement outcomes,” Connors said. “Rather, the research revealed past experiences of civic engagement suggest continued civic engagement in one’s future.”

Connors said she’s honored by this recognition, which reaffirms her commitment to higher education.

“I am incredibly grateful for this recognition as it encourages students, such as myself, to continue the hard work and dedication to advancing their fields of study.”

April 5, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Founders’ Day Honorees

Three faculty members from the School of Public Administration were among those honored with awards at the 2018 UCF Founders’ Day Celebration on April 4. The annual convocation recognizes faculty members for outstanding teaching, advising, research, professional service, and librarianship; staff members for outstanding advising; an outstanding student from each college; student thesis awards; and significant career milestones.

Excellence in Professional Service
• Claire Knox, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Public Administration
Excellence in Graduate Teaching
• David Mitchell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration
Excellence in Professional Service
• Claire Knox, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Public Administration
Wendell Lawther, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Public Administration
Wendell Lawther, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Public Administration

March 30, 2018

School Faculty Featured in Public Administration Quarterly

In the current issue of Public Administration Quarterly, three of the four articles were authored by School of Public Administration faculty:

Implementing Downsizing Reforms in County Governments by Professor Tom Liou and Associate Professor Mary Ann Feldheim

Strategic Implementation: An Illustration of Theory/Practice Disconnect in Public Administration by Assistant Professor David Mitchell

What’s in a Symbol?: Big Questions for Place Branding in Public Administration by Associate Professor Staci Zavattaro

PAQ is affiliated with the Southeast Conference for Public Administration as well as the American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Professional and Organizational Development. Liou serves as a member of the editorial board.

March 19, 2018

School Director Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Professor and school director Naim Kapucu is the 2018 recipient of the Fred Riggs Award for Lifetime Achievement in International and Comparative Public Administration. Kapucu was nominated for the award by seven different scholars in the field and he was unanimously selected as the winner by the award committee. The Fred Riggs Award was established in 1985 by the American Society for Public Administration’s Section on International and Comparative Administration. Past recipients include Evan Berman, a former School of Public Administration faculty member, who was bestowed with the award in 2015.

March 13, 2018

Knox Named Chair of ASPA Section on Emergency Management

At the annual American Society of Public Administration conference, Associate Professor Claire Knox was named the new chair of the Section on Emergency and Crisis Management. Knox will take the position following former chair Frannie Edwards.

March 12, 2018

Urban Planning Alumna Embarks on New Job in Denmark

Urban and regional planning alumna Mercedes Beaudoin has started on a new journey in her career. She now serves as a technical writer and communications specialist for Universal Robots, which manufactures small robotics arms in Denmark. Beaudoin is featured in this video from the company. She graduated from the School of Public Administration in 2015 with a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning.

March 6, 2018

Research by Doctoral Student, Associate Professor Receives Recognition

The American Society for Public Administration has given an honorable mention to a research paper written by doctoral student Jenna Tyler and Associate Professor Abdul-Akeem Sadiq. The paper was recognized in the William Petak Award category for best paper on emergency management and homeland security. Their paper is titled “Community Flood Risk Management in the United States: A Review of the Literature,” and was co-authored by Douglas S. Noonan of Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis.