“UT Dallas gave me the tools to integrate material from traditions as diverse as chemistry, government, economics, and history in ways that continue to influence my research and teaching on disasters and emergency management.”
Home: Frisco, Texas
UT Dallas Degree: BA - Government and Politics
Profession: Associate Professor of Public Service Administration, Bush School of Government and Public Service - Texas A&M University
I received my PhD in Political Science in 2001 before joining the faculty in the School of Social Sciences at UT Dallas (before it became EPPS). I taught at UT Dallas until 2007, when I joined the faculty of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M.
I teach an array of courses related to emergency management, public administration, and general public management. My research has appeared in such research outlets as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and the Journal of Emergency Management.
Most recently, I (along with two colleagues) completed a textbook on research methods for public affairs graduate students based on the course I taught at UT Dallas. The textbook, entitled Public Administration Research Methods: Tools for Evaluation and Evidence-based Practice, will be published by Routledge in February of 2013.
The Value of My Degree
The broad intellectual foundation I received as an undergraduate student at UT Dallas has served me well. UT Dallas gave me the tools to integrate material from traditions as diverse as chemistry, government, economics, and history in ways that continue to influence my research and teaching on disasters and emergency management.
My EPPS Success
The broad foundations required at UT Dallas called for openness to a variety of perspectives and traditions. One had to approach classes on their own terms – math with the math majors, physics with the physics majors, and government with the government majors. Being open to these different intellectual traditions and their approaches to problem solving helped me learn the best lessons each had to offer.
Advice for EPPS Students
Take advantage of the resources present rather than letting your education be something that happens to you. Seek challenges and see each as an opportunity to learn and grow. This is the time for experimenting and even making mistakes. UT Dallas is the place you can take risks and know there is a net to catch you. You will emerge from your education the better for it.
I am a bit of a movie buff – particularly classic horror films – and train in karate at a studio in Dallas.
Posted January 2013