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Kevin Ward, PhD

Associate Professor and Director Casey 210-18


Kimberly Gawlik, JD

Senior Administrative Assistant Casey 210


Student Spotlight

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Isabel Gilbertson

Isabel Gilbertson, a current senior pursuing a B.S. in psychology and a B.A. in public affairs, has been selected as a U.S. Student Fulbright Research Finalist for a fellowship in Vietnam for the 2022 - 2023 academic year. Isabel will conduct Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) behavioral health research in Vietnam at the Hanoi University of Public Health. In June, Isabel will graduate from Seattle University with honors and begin her Fulbright fellowship in September. After her grant, Isabel plans to complete a Master’s in Public Health and continue to lead discussions around disease research and health equity in the United States and abroad.

Program Summary

Addressing public and social problems requires an integrated approach. As a Seattle University Public Affairs student, you will build a solid base in the theories of leadership, economics, public policy, management and finance to prepare you to take action for social change.

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Choose a Customizable Concentration

The flexible Public Affairs curriculum allows you to concentrate in a specific area of study. The concentrations build upon the CORE Public Affairs curriculum and prepare you to develop your specific field of interest. You can choose one of the established concentrations or work with your advisor to create your own.

Concentrations include:

  • Urban Planning and Sustainability
  • Nonprofit Management
  • International Development (education abroad options are available)
  • Policy and Politics 

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Professional Development

Enrich your classroom experience through internships, research, experiential learning and study abroad opportunities that prepare you for a career that promotes a just and humane world. 

Meet the New Seattle Mayor: Where Do We Go From Here?

The inaugural episode of the Institute of Public Service "Conversations" in a new partnership with Seattle Channel. Bruce Harrell, after his first months in office, describes plans for turning the city around. We talked about all of it -- public safety, downtown revitalization, housing and the overall well-being of the city. Harrell is interviewed on stage Larry Hubbell, professor, and Joni Balter, journalist, and graduate students Mandela Gardner and Camille Rochester.


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Happening on Campus 

  • This Spring the Career Engagement Office is here to support students with job/internship search and career exploration! The Career Engagement Office and Albers Placement Center are teaming up with communities across campus to offer the Career Kickstarter Series. Each week, you’ll find events ranging from job search workshops to virtual career treks and mock interviews. All the events are located on the Handshake Events Tab.  Check frequently for upcoming events.