College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration Newsletter SQ14

  • News from the Director, John Collins 

    John Collins
    Our public administration program is poised for energizing change over the next year with the change in leadership to our new Institute of Public Service (IPS) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) director, Dr. Larry Hubbell, starting July 1st and the addition of our newest MPA faculty member Dr. Jonathan Pierce in the summer. Dr. Pierce joins Dr. Kevin Ward and Dr. Felipe Murtinho, who started as tenure track MPA faculty last fall, and Dr. Olha Krupa who started a year ago, to bring new insights and visions for propelling our rigorous and mission-driven MPA program to meeting the needs for professional public servants in the new high-tech, highly networked, and global society. IPS, and its MPA program, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015, a milestone deserving pride for the many accomplishments of past graduates and also critical reflection on how to meet future public service challenges.  
    With successful completion of the MPA program’s reaccreditation by our accrediting association, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, the program needs to be laying the groundwork for renewal of accreditation in five years by establishing comprehensive learning outcomes as called for under newly revised accreditation standards.
    Dr. Hubbell was selected for the key post as director of IPS after a two year search. He comes from the University of Wyoming where he served as a public administration faculty member for 25 years. He has written and published extensively, served twice as a Fulbright scholar in Europe and Africa, and served for 11 years prior to his academic career in the Federal service. He is looking forward to leading IPS into its next stage, with close involvement in the broader community.
    Dr. Pierce received his Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver in 2012, and has since been serving as a post doctoral research fellow, conducting research on local and state politics of policy-making of shale gas and oil development.  
    It has been a very special privilege to serve as interim IPS director over these past two years. With a renewed sense of mission and a strong, expanded faculty and leadership, I feel very confident of the future for IPS and the MPA program. Re-retirement back in my home in Port Townsend will be pleasant, but I know I will miss the excitement, intellectual stimulation, and warm associations I have enjoyed during this break in retirement.

    Alumni and Student News

    Andre' Taybron ('00) received a Master of Architecture and  Master of Urban Planning from the University of Washington in 2012. His post-graduate research focused on urban design and context, cultural diversity, architectural character, and a cursory survey of the housing stock in Portland, ME and Boston, MA. Pictured: Andre' (right) and his partner Matt with Rudy the Redhawk
    eric christensenEric Christensen ('04) is the Financial Services Administrator, Road Services Division in King County's Department of Transportation.

    Sherry WilliamsSherry Williams ('09) Community Affairs Director at Swedish Medical Center was part of the team recognized by Seattle Business Magazine's Leaders in Health Care Award for Achievement in Community Outreach. Pictured: Sherry Williams and Tom Gibbon, Manager, Specialty Clinic and Governmental Affairs at the Health Care Awards Dinner in February 2014.
    Karan GillKaran Gill ('11) is the Senior Policy Aide & Community Liason to King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove. Karan manages health & human services, community development, arts & culture, public safety policy, and communications and community outreach efforts for the 5th District. 


    Dan Jones (2)Daniel Jones ('12) is a US Army Officer and Afghanistan war veteran. After returning from deployment in January, he traveled to Jordan to volunteer in support of humanitarian operations for Syrian refugees. Dan volunteers with a coalition of Jordanian, Syrian, and expatriates called Helping Refugees in Jordan (HRJ). HRJ’s primary mission is to raise funds and procure critical supplies needed by the more than 550,000 refugees currently residing in Jordan. He currently works for the US Army Corps of Engineers and is responsible for large-scale civil works reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. Pictured: Army Lieutenant Dan Jones working with the Afghan Scouts in Kabul, Afghanistan, December 2013.

    Kate PaisleyKate Paisely ('12) is a Program Coordinator at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, under contract with Volt. Kate works with the Integrated Development Team in Global Health.

    Jeff Muhm (3)Jeff Muhm ('13) is the Chief of Staff to King County Councilmember, Dave Upthegrove. In addition to his responsibilities as Chief of Staff, Jeff covers transportation and budget issues for District 5.

    Mary Beth and MalloryMary Beth Falkner ('14) and Mallory Torgerson ('13) volunteered as Running Buddies with Girls on the Run (GOTR), an international organization that promotes fitness and wellness among 3rd through 5th grade girls. After participating in the program, Mary Beth and Mallory thought that the mission of GOTR aligned perfectly with that of the Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI), so they launched a running and wellness program for girls at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School. Mary Beth and Mallory are coaching their second season and gearing up for the program's culmination - the Girls on the Run 5K on Saturday, May 10th in Magnuson Park. Pictured: Mary Beth Falkner (left) and Mallory Torgerson.


    Jorji Knickrehm ('15) is a finalist for the U.S. Fulbright program. Her research will look at how Swedish public agencies are helping immigrants integrate into the labor market. Jorji is particularly interested in how governments and nonprofits, in the U.S. and abroad, can best assist people who face barriers such as immigrant status, lack of education, or poverty to gain good employment. She hopes that her research will highlight the integration policies that are working well in Sweden, and identify the policies or practices that might be transferable to Seattle. The overall purpose of her research would be to ensure that every individual finds opportunity and employment, regardless of background. The U.S. Fulbright awards will be announced in May. 

    Faculty and Staff Updates

    Krupa, OhlaDr. Olha Krupa, Assistant Professor, along with experts from University Washington and Seattle Pacific University, participated in a panel discussion on the recent events in Ukraine at University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies. 

    Curt MalloyCurt Malloy, JD, MPH, Adjunct Faculty is now the head administrator of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. 


    Kim (2)Kim Palumbarit is the new Administrative Assistant for the Institute of Public Service and Environmental Studies. Before moving to Seattle, she was the Student Affairs Officer for the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University in New York. Kim advised for the Master of Regional Studies—East Asia Program, managed fellowships, and the undergraduate Global Scholars Program. Prior to working in New York, Kim worked as a Program Coordinator for the Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures Department and South Asian Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Emory. She is an avid baker, kayaker, and spreadsheet maker. Come by the IPS office and say hello!

    Pierce, JonathanDr. Jonathan Pierce will join the Institute of Public Service as Assistant Professor in this summer. He received his PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver. His current research examines the political balance between natural resource development and environmental conservation.

    Dr. Pierce's recent publications include articles on the policy process and hydraulic fracturing: “The Advocacy Coalition Framework,” with C.M. Weible, in American Governance (forthcoming 2014); “Social Construction and Policy Design: A Review of Past Applications,” with S. Siddiki, M.D. Jones, K. Schumacher, A. Pattison & H. Peterson, in Policy Studies Journal (2014); and “Understanding a Period of Policy Change: The Case of Hydraulic Fracturing Disclosure Policy in Colorado” with T. Heikkila, S. Gallaher, J. Kagan, D.A. Crow, & C.M. Weible, in Review of Policy Research (2014).

    He earned an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of London (UK), and a BA in Political Science and History from Loyola Marymount University. He was born in Tacoma, Washington and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska where his family still lives.

    Dr. Pierce will teach Foundations of Public Administration, Policy and Program Research, and Policy Analysis.

    Kevin WardDr. Kevin Ward, Assistant Professor published two articles: "Does Service Beget Service? Examining the Impact of Participation in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps on Disaster Relief Activity Later in Life," Risk, Hazards, & Crisis in Public Policy (2014), and "Tapping the AmeriCorps Pipeline: Using Secondary Data to Test the Public Service Motivation Construct." Public Personnel Management. Sage Journal (2014).



    Congratulations to Kara Preas: 2014 Policy Incubator Winner 

    In the Fall, MPA students submitted papers to enter the 2nd Annual Policy Incubator Competition; proposing innovative public policy solutions to issues facing our region. Three finalists were selected to present their papers to a panel of judges and the Seattle University community on February 20th. Erin Povak presented "Environmental Justice Through Community Forest Management: An Integrative Guide for Urban Forest Managers," Ezra Basom presented "Using the Real Estate Excise Tax for Affordable Housing in Seattle," and Kara Preas presented "Washington State Public Health Policy Supporting Human Milk Banks." Policy judges selected Kara Preas as the 2014 Policy Incubator Winner.
    Policy Incubator Judges
    Pictured left to right: MPA Faculty Rich Nafziger with policy judges Dr. Constance Rice, Managing Director at Casey Family Programs, John Collins, MPA Director, and Kim Justice, Policy Analyst at Washington State Budget & Policy Center. MPA alumnus and program facilitator, Eric Sanders, policy finalists Ezra Basom and Erin Povak, and policy winner, Kara Preas.

    MPA Student Association: Enriching Lives One Step at a Time

    MPA Run (3)Despite the soggy start, 16 MPA students, alumni, staff, and faculty gathered together to take part in the F5 St. Patrick's Day Dash benefiting the Detlef Schrempf Foundation on Sunday, March 16th. The MPA Student Association raised a total of $240.00 in support of Northwest children’s charities. The funds are directed to four organizations: Camp Fire USA Puget Sound Council, Seattle Children’s Autism Center, Inspire Youth Project, and the Healing Center. Participants wore neon green t-shirts that read: "MPA Student Association: Enriching Lives One Step at a Time."

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