Public Affairs News

Professor Studies Immigration of PhD Grads
Inspired by her own experiences, Dr. Meghna Sabharwal is studying why some foreign-born science and engineering PhD graduates stay here, while others return to their home countries. Read more »
PA Faculty and Alum Develop Analytical Model for City
Ted Benavides, Executive in Residence in the Public Affairs Program, along with two alumni of the PA doctoral program recently offered an assessment of city services in the Dallas suburb of Sachse in the wake of the 2008 Great Recession. Read more »
Introducing Texas Connects
Texas Connects is an online funding newsletter for the nonprofit and public sector provided by the Public Affairs and Sociology faculty at UT Dallas. Read more »
Life After the UT Dallas MPA
I enrolled in the Master of Public Affairs program at UT Dallas in order to help solidify my position within the City of Richardson and prepare myself for advancement. The real benefit I found in the coursework and degree was a firm understanding of the role of the public sector in society. Read more »
Brown Bag Lecture Series Kicks off Oct. 24
On Friday, October 24, the Department of Public Affairs and Sociology will kick off the 2014 Brown Bag Lecture Series with a presentation by Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney. The lecture is scheduled from 11:00am – 1:00pm in Green Hall 2.302. Read more »
PA Prof Wins Best Article Award
Meghna Sabharwal, assistant professor of public affairs at UT Dallas, won the best paper award for an article she co-authored with Iris Geva-May of Simon Frasier University in the Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE). Read more »
Study Rebuts Bad Reputation of 'No Child'
The public perception that No Child Left Behind has increased burnout and lowered job satisfaction among teachers is unfounded, according to a study co-authored by Dr. James R. Harrington. Read more »
PA Prof Lauded for Answering Big Questions
Dr. Young-Joo Lee, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at UT Dallas, continues to receive accolades for her research published in Public Administration Review (PAR). An article she co-authored was previously rated as one of the 75 most influential articles ever published in PAR. It now has been tagged as one of the top 14 articles that asks – and answers – big questions in the field of public administration. Read more »
No Child Left Behind Study Makes Headlines
Nearly a decade after the implementation of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that NCLB has negatively impacted the teaching profession by eroding job satisfaction and work commitment. Read more »
EPPS Students Honor Top Teachers
For a fourth year, students in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences recognized faculty with nominations for best teachers of the year at an awards ceremony last month. Read more »
Public Affairs Students Serve as Consultants
Students in classes taught by Dr. L. Douglas Kiel got experience working with governmental and nonprofit organizations. Kiel said it's his way of creating students' path to building networks. Read more »
EPPS Hires Experts in Variety of Fields
Five tenure-track professors have joined the public policy and political economy program, and the public affairs and sociology program in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. Read more »
UT Dallas Prof Recognized for Influential Research
Dr. Young-Joo Lee, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at UT Dallas, was honored by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and Public Administration Review (PAR) as a co-author for one of the 75 most influential articles ever published in PAR. Read more »
Faculty Spotlight — Paul Battaglio
Dr. Battaglio, Associate Professor of Public Affairs, focuses his scholarship on strategic planning, motivation, conflict in the workplace, and service contracting. Read more »
MPA Program Ranked #13 in North America
A new study has ranked UT Dallas's Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program 13th in North America. In compiling its list of top masters programs, Eduniversal focused on three primary factors: Read more »
Experiences Fuel EPPS Student's Passion for China
Senior Giovani Jonenson credits UT Dallas faculty for giving him the opportunity to explore his interest in China. Travel, research and networking have helped grow his passion for the country, its people and their culture. Read more »
EPPS Faculty in the News
EPPS faculty members Dr. Nadine Connell and Dr. Sheryl Skaggs made headlines this week as as they offered their expertise on news stories discussing the rising social issues of bullying and youth unemployment. Read more »
EPPS Alum and NY Times Best-Selling Author to Speak
New York Times best-selling author and EPPS alumnus Dr. Britt Berrett will be speaking on health care policy as part of the inaugural EPPS Alumni Master Lecture Series on Thursday, October 17. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. in the Founders Building Second Floor Atrium and will be followed by a reception at 5:00pm. Read more »
Archer Fellows Describe Studies, Work in Washington D.C.
Nine UT Dallas undergraduates were selected to spend the spring semester in Washington, D.C., as part of the Bill Archer Fellow Program offered by the Archer Center. The six juniors and three seniors were among 36 undergraduate participants selected from throughout the UT System. Read more »
UT Dallas Pi Alpha Alpha Wins National Best Chapter Award
The UT Dallas chapter of the national public administration honor society Pi Alpha Alpha chapter has received the national award for the Best Pi Alpha Alpha Chapter for the 2012-2013 academic year.The purpose of the Chapter Award of Excellence is to recognize excellence in programming and chapter management in pursuit of Pi Alpha Alpha’s goals of scholarship, leadership, and excellence in graduate education in public affairs and administration.
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Check Out Our New Blog
The UT Dallas Department of Public Affairs and Sociology has created a new blog with the goal of keeping students informed on the latest departmental news and events. Be sure to check it often for news about upcoming events, student opportunities, research projects and more. Read more »
PA Doctoral Student Wins Three Awards
Imane Hijal-Moghrabi, a doctoral student in Public Affairs, recently received three academic awards at the 2013 national conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), which was held in New Orleans, LA in March. Read more »
EPPS Alumnus Launches Unusual Business
UT Dallas alumnus has helped start up a business that strives to provide random, bizarre and entertaining answers to cold feet. For $9 a month, Foot Cardigan mails subscribers fabulously strange pairs of socks that feature everything from mustaches to gnomes to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Read more »
NSF Grant Funds Prof's Study of Academic Brain Drain in U.S.
Competitive salaries and research opportunities are strong incentives for foreign-born academics to work in the United States. But are they enough to keep them here? Dr. Meghna Sabharwal, assistant professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, recently landed a National Science Foundation grant to study these patterns of migration. Read more »
Pi Alpha Alpha
Honor societies have a rich tradition as a part of the collegiate academic experience. At UT Dallas, students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in public affairs have the opportunity to join Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. Read more »
MPA Student Jeffrey Bryan Wins "Best Paper" Award Congratulations to Jeffrey Bryan, a Masters of Public Affairs (MPA) student, who won "Best Student Paper Award" for the Case Study: Policy Management in Seoul’s 2012 Seoul Field Trip. His paper was entitled, "Seoul Metropolitan Transportation System: An Analytical Look at the Transportation System in Seoul, South Korea." Bryan’s award included a $250 cash prize. Read more »
New Department Head Appointed for Public Affairs and Sociology
Dr. Sheryl Skaggs, associate professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, was recently appointed to lead the department of Public Affairs and Sociology. As department head, Skaggs said her priorities include increasing recruiting efforts continuing to encourage high-level research. "We really want to create some areas of specialization that are compatible with student interests in public policy and non-profits," Skaggs said. "We're also committed to increasing faculty representation in those areas." Read more »
EPPS Holiday Food Drive Through December 19
Pi Alpha Alpha, the Public Affairs Honors Society, is collaborating with the Comet Cupboard for a holiday food drive. Donations of cereal, canned soup, peanut butter and canned vegetables are being collected in GR 2.238, FO 2.710 and MC 1.604 through December 19. Read more »
Study of Intervention Models in Destabilized Countries Wins Award
The "people" in John McCaskill's computer program faced a tense situation. Some were assigned to the military, others were assigned to non-profit organizations, and all of them were dropped in a virtual, war-torn country. McCaskill, a recent graduate of UT Dallas' Public Affairs program in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, then observed how the cyber-citizens reacted within a computer program he created simulating real-world situations. Read more »
"Success in Life: Overcoming the Odds" Lecture
Growing up in a public housing project on Chicago's South Side, Shawn Taylor said he did not have many role models. Nonetheless he was able to find opportunity in the midst of adversity. He majored in accounting at Purdue University, and joined Arthur Andersen in Dallas after graduation. He later worked for American Express Financial Advisors and founded Houston-based Family EATs LP, the largest African-American-owned Taco Bell franchisee at the time. Read more »