spring 2004 newsletter
For UNCP Political Science & Public Administration Alumni
Vol. 6 No.1
POLITICAL SCIENCE TODAY AT
THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT PEMBROKE
From the Chair
Dr. Robert O. Schneider
It is once again time for your annual letter from your “home” department. The academic year just completed, my 15th (wow!) as department chair, has been fun and filled with extraordinary accomplishment.
The highlights of the 2003-04 edition of the PSPA department are varied and exciting. Our MPA program in China (China University of Mining and Technology in Xuzhou) is going full tilt. Since last summer, six PSPA professors have traveled to China to teach courses. Next December, our first class of Chinese graduate students will graduate with the MPA. We hope they will be able to travel to the U.S. and “walk across the stage” at graduation.
In addition, a second
program in China is in development and getting ready to go. The department
has also just entered a student and faculty exchange agreement with a
Port Elizabeth South Africa. Students and faculty alike are living and learning in a global setting.
Another new faculty
member joined the department. Dr. Andreas Broscheid is featured in the
“new faculty” section of this newsletter. He has been an outstanding
addition, and as a German national he is another flavor in our international
departmental “stew.” The faculty continues to be professionally
active and they really do outstanding work in the classroom.
PSPA students, both undergraduate and graduate, are a joy (even more than usual) to work with and their success is also a source of great pride to us all. Our undergraduate enrollments continue to grow, and the graduate program is growing rapidly. We graduated 25 MPA students this year. A daytime MPA and an online MPA along with the traditional evening program enable us to offer the “MPA All Day!”
Once again, I want to encourage our alumni to share information about their careers and success as well. Even though you have graduated, recently or long ago, we still have an active interest in you. Write or e-mail your “old homeys” in PSPA to let us know what’s happening in your life. Also, consider a donation to the UNCP political science fund and help us expand the opportunities available to the students who are now where you once were.
With all of the new programs and activities, PSPA is able to offer more than ever before. But we still need your help and support to more perfectly enjoy the fruits of today’s success and to extend the possibilities for students tomorrow.
Enjoy the news from “home!”
One new colleague has joined the Political Science and Public Administration faculty since our last newsletter.
Dr. Andreas Broscheid
is PSPA’s ninth and newest faculty member.
Dr. Broscheid is a native of Cologne, Germany. He was awarded his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2000. Andreas spent the next two years as a post-doctorate researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. His teaching and research fields include American and European Interest Groups and the Judicial Process. Already a popular new colleague with students and faculty alike, the “German,” as he is affectionately called, is busily making a mark for himself. In addition to a successful first year in the classroom, he has a soon-to-be-published book chapter coming and will travel to China this summer to offer one of the graduate courses in our Chinese MPA program. Welcome to the team Dr. Broscheid (aka, “the German”).
New Professional Publications:
“Assessing the Likely Acceptance of Financial Management Techniques in the Public Sector: Using a Characteristic Approach,” forthcoming (2004) in Financial Management Theory in the Public Sector. Aman Khan and Bartley Hildreth (editors). Coauthored with Thomas D. Lynch.
“Effects of Governance and Investment Strategies on State and Local Government Pension Fund Performance,” forthcoming (2004) International Journal of Public Administration. Coauthored with Vineeta Hingorani.
“Medical Doctors”(with Paul Teske), in: Paul Teske (ed.), Regulation in the States. Washington, DC: Brookings:
Dr. Nicholas Giannatasio
“Denhardt and Denhardt, The New Public Service,” Book Review in the American Review of Public Administration. Spring, 2004.
Dr. Robert Schneider
“An Overview of the ‘New’ Emergency Management,” Journal of Emergency Management. Vol. 2 No.1 2004.
Dr. Schneider’s also authored a paper that appears on the Emergency Management Institute (FEMA/DHS) Higher Education website.
Dr. Robert Schneider was an invited participant at a National Science Foundation funded Hazards Management Workshop in Denver, Co., October 21-24. The workshop, co-sponsored by the Natural Hazards Institute at the University of Colorado and by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration), brought selected experts from across the nation together to formulate a national model for a hazards/emergency management higher education curriculum.
Dr. Frank Trapp has been elected as the Vice President of the North Carolina Political Science Association.
PSPA AND MPA
Note: Between August 2003 and August 2004, seven PSPA Faculty will have taught MPA courses at the Chinese University of Mining and Technology (Giannatasio, Trapp, Albrecht, Schneider, Broscheid, Barbee, and Hawthorne). Read Dr. Albrecht’s account of his experience below.
By William Albrecht
During the first two weeks of March 2004 I had the distinct pleasure of traveling to XuZhou China to teach the onsite component of a course on economic analysis for Chinese graduate students in the joint UNCP/China University of Mining and Technology MPA program. My primary objectives for this component of the course were to introduce Chinese students to the economic way of thinking in general and to teach them how to use the common economic tools of supply and demand to analyze some of the most fundamental public issues of their time (and place).
There was no shortage of up-to-the minute topics from the most recent issues of the “China Daily Newspaper” that students were willing and able to discuss within the confines of the subject matter. For example, the class as a whole examined the likely consequences of China’s decision to tighten export quotas of coke (the fuel used in the production of steel) to the world market this year. As another illustration, students appeared to be amazed when they learned how a massive drug bust by the Chinese police, in cooperation with the Philippine DEA, could eventually encourage entry into this illegal market by suppliers. Quoting Thomas Sowell, I challenged these budding public administrators and policy analysts to “think beyond stage one” when arriving at conclusions and making recommendations to their fellow country men and women.
Politics was a prevailing theme in my discussions with the Chinese (students and otherwise). Whether I was enjoying dinner at the exotic “Chi Way” restaurant, touring the Summer Palace in Beijing, or delivering invitational lectures to CUMT’s graduate student body, the state of the world was a never-ending topic of conversation. While there are certainly many personal advantages to such dialogue, I think the most important from a professional perspective is that as a faculty member in the UNCP/China program, I now have a better feel for what an MPA degree with Chinese characteristics might look like.
The MPA degree and all of its underpinnings is a very new concept for the Chinese, and UNCP is obviously at the cutting edge of program delivery. All of our faculty are working to put together a comprehensive picture of our Chinese experience. Doing so can only enhance our future efforts at CUMT and at new places such as Harbin Normal University.
I am sure that my colleagues who have already participated in the China program would agree with me when I say to those yet to make their first trip: From a professional and social perspective, this is one opportunity you do not want to miss!
Dr. Albrecht with Chinese Graduate Students China University of Mining and Technology March 2004 (Xuzhou China)
Dr. Albrecht Lectures in China!
Jacobs, a senior and pre-law major, has been accepted to the
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law for the fall of 2004.
Ron Gaskins, an MPA student with a Health Administration concentration, has been selected for a post-graduate internship at a North Chicago teaching hospital in Hospital Administration.
Tammy Little (B.A. and MPA) has been hired as a Budget Analyst for Anson County, NC.
Courtney McMillan (B.A. and MPA) has joined the FBI.
Tom Bradley (MPA) completed the Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas in Applied Technology, Training, and Development. Tom is currently teaching at Wayland Baptist University.
Wendy Lowery-Jones (B.A.) was named Director of Corporate Relations for the American Heart Association.
Junfeng Wang (MPA) is pursuing her Ph.D. at UNC-Charlotte.
Marcus Collins (MPA) is pursuing his Ph.D. at North Carolina State.
Dana Reece (BA) has accepted a position as a paralegal with the Jernigan law firm in Raleigh.
We want to encourage all of our alumni to submit your news and tell us how you are doing in your careers and lives. You may submit these online to the departmental secretary Effie Locklear at firstname.lastname@example.org or by snail mail to Ms. Effie Locklear, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, UNCP. P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke, North Carolina 28372-1510
Outstanding Senior Award
Quincy Wade of Lumberton, NC and Geoffrey Lawrence of Raleigh, NC are the recipients of the Outstanding Senior Award this year. We wish you the best.
The Department of Political Science and Public Administration is pleased to CONGRATULATE the following graduating seniors:
Sara rie Arinello
Please congratulate the following MPA Graduates:
Robbie Johnson, Jr.
Jackie Kulp, Jr
Robert Taylor, III
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