PhD student Stephanie Puello was selected as part of the 2023 cohort of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Founders’ Fellows, a program that supports the next generation of public service leaders through a series of professional development opportunities. This program is geared toward accelerating careers of 20 promising, rising stars in the discipline. This includes guaranteed acceptance to present their research at ASPA’s Annual Conference, complimentary registration, a year-long mentorship with a senior mentor in the discipline, and tailored professional development webinars.
PhD student Kathleen Bailey is the first author, along with SPA co-authors Profs. Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible, on the article “Policy conflicts in shale development in China and the United States” in the journal Review of Policy Research.
PhD student Hailey Powers Mondragon is first author on an article with co-author Prof. Callie Rennison entitled “An Examination of How Third-Party Presence is Associated With Rape and Sexual Assault Victim Help-Seeking Behavior and Police Notifications.” The article is being published in Violence Against Women.
Fourth-year PhD student Samantha Temple had her first, single-authored article published. It is a Book Review of Diane Stone and Kim Moloney, “The Oxford Handbook of Global Policy and Transnational Administration” (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019). 765 pp. Published in Public Administration Review, September 21, 2022.
PhD student Stephanie Puello has been awarded a grant of $9,000 through the Evolving Election Administration Landscape Project at MIT’s Election Data & Science Lab to support her dissertation, titled “At the Confluence of Restoration and Mobilization: Examining the Feedback Effects of Citizen Re-Enfranchisement and the Role of the State in Democratic Stewardship.” Hers is one of 18 research projects selected across the country.
On Aug 15, nearly 40 faculty, staff, and PhD students gathered to meet the newest cohort of PhD students during a luncheon in the Terrace Room. The new students are: Mike Bell, Molly Bilker, Reggie English, D.L. Moffit, Megan Parker, Emma Scheetz, and Raul “Alex” Vidal. Welcome to our new cohort!
PhD students Allegra Fullerton an Kayla Gabehart and Prof. Chris Weible will present “Emotional Expressions of Advocacy Coalitions” at the Center for Policy and Democracy’s Advocacy Coalition Framework Virtual Seminar on May 31.
PhD students Kayla Gabehart and Allegra Fullerton will present at the European Consortium for Political Research in Innsbruck, Austria. Gabehart will present “Emotions, Coalition Building, and Deliberative Governance: How Emotions are Used in Legislative Testimonies on Morally Contentious Issues” with PhD student co-authors Allegra Fullerton and Anna Crawford, and Profs. Chris Weible and Tanya Heikkila. Allegra Fullerton will present “The Antecedents and Evolution of Policy Change” with co-authors Elizabeth Koebele, SPA Profs. Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible, and Daniel Nohrstedt.
For Aaron Franz, a CU Denver student and veteran, the future is always on his mind. That’s why he decided to meet with CU Denver’s February Alumni Resident: Denver City Council Member Chris Herndon MPA ’13. As an International Studies major hoping to pursue a career in public administration, Franz had the opportunity to talk with Herndon about transitioning to being a civilian after serving, higher education later in life, and future career goals.
Imagine if your day job involved stewarding a public education system with nearly 900,000 students and 178 districts? That’s the reality for Katy Anthes MPA ’01, PhD ’07 Colorado’s Commissioner of Education and two-time graduate of CU Denver’s School of Public Affairs (SPA). A self-described “education policy wonk,” Anthes earned a master’s and a doctoral degree from SPA and taught statistics and public administration as an adjunct faculty member. These experiences laid the groundwork for her current role leading education policy on a statewide level.
Look around you: From roads that link neighborhoods to city governments that introduce recycling programs, to people that raise funds to build playgrounds and concert venues, our world is shaped by civics and public affairs. And students who are interested in a career in these sectors can make big impacts in their communities. At CU Denver, students can choose an educational path that focuses on public administration or public affairs—but how do these degree choices differ?
This year, as CU Denver celebrates its own golden anniversary, SPA is also celebrating 50 years of education, research, and outreach that helps cities and communities operate better and more equitably.
CU Denver’s new Center for Policy Democracy, (CPD) housed at the School of Public Affairs and co-directed by Professors Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible, hosted the inaugural Conference on Policy Process Research (COPPR) on the Auraria Campus from January 12 to 14, 2023. Of the nearly 400 policy process researchers who attended the hybrid conference, more than half represented institutions outside the U.S. An evening reception was hosted at the Tivoli Turnalle on January 13.
The School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver established the new Center for Community Safety and Resilience (CCSR), a collaborative and innovative center whose mission is to advance research-based evidence and practice toward individual and community safety, resilience, and justice through effective programs, practitioner and community education, and public policy advocacy and analysis.
Professor Tanya Heikkila, Co-Director of the Center for Policy and Democracy at the School of Public Affairs, and co-author Andrea Gerlak, offer their perspective on navigating the Colorado River crisis.
The Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs is ranked among the top 25 programs in the nation for online graduate criminal justice, for a fourth consecutive year according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs rankings.
Jennifer R. Darling (MPA '00) is the president and CEO of Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation. She has worked in the nonprofit sector since earning her bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Northwestern University in 1991. She earned her master's degree in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs in 2000. Now in her 14th year of service at Children's Colorado, she is also an effective community volunteer. She was actively involved in forming the Institute for Leaders in Development and continues to serve as a program instructor and former Board member.
Since 2017, students in Randy Harrison’s ‘Economic Development’ class (PUAD 5630) have had the opportunity to engage with Colorado communities in an experience unlike any felt in a typical classroom. Through its partnership with Downtown Colorado, Inc., this SPA course allows students to become project coordinators in a process known as the Colorado Challenge Program; here, students connect with community members and experts in the field to establish a plan of work to engage public, private, and non-profit partners in addressing a significant community challenge over the course of their semester. Through their partnership, SPA students and DCI have connected with and created initiatives for almost 30 Colorado communities.