Welcome from the Department Chair

We welcome you to the Department of Political Science and Public Administration!  As chair of the PSPA Department, I encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions about our program.  Please come visit us and learn more about our amazing students, engaging programs, and dedicated faculty.

The 2017-2018 academic year has been full of amazing accomplishments for our department.  We look forward to you being part of continuing traditions of success in the future. Below are just a few of our student accomplishments from the last year. 

  • Our Model UN Braves continue a tradition of excellence by bringing multiple awards from both their conferences this year.  They brought home 17 awards including 9 individual awards, 5 team awards, and 3 position paper awards.  Our Model UN Team continues to be a force in the Southeastern Regional Model United Nations Conference.
  • MPA student Dena Ali has successfully published articles in the professional association journal Fire Fighter Nation including her article, “Understanding Firefighter Suicide.”
  • Undergraduate student Mia Baxley was a finalist for UNCP Senior of the Year.
  • Undergraduate student Jacob Newton was awarded the Weisberg Memorial Scholarship.
  • MPA student Andrew Jaspers in conjunction with Dr. Tracy Cooper held a workshop entitled Business Continuity: How to Survive and Thrive After a Disaster for our service region and included invitees and participants from Robeson County, Cumberland County, Moore County, and Scotland County.
  • Students will travel to Berlin in May for this year’s spring study abroad trip.

With low faculty to student ratios, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration offers an environment where students can develop mentorships with professors to help them achieve their career aspirations.  We provide several programs including our newest program—the five year, combined BA/MPA degree program.  Students can study to earn their bachelor’s degree in any of our four undergraduate political science concentrations and begin work on their MPA degree in their senior year.  This program is well suited for high achieving students that have a 3.4 overall GPA or higher during their junior year.  Please look at the link available under the Program and Degrees tab for more information.

We look forward to meeting you as you join us here at #BraveNation! 

Go Braves!

Dr. Emily A. Neff-Sharum
Chair and Interim MPA Program Director

Dr. Emily A. Neff-Sharum
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
University of North Carolina, Pembroke
SCI 1309