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SPA’s Public Administration and Policy Research Seminar Series Announced

The School of Public Affairs’ department of public administration and policy announces its Spring 2010 Research Seminar Series. The eight-part series showcases the most recent research from the department’s faculty and doctoral candidates as well as guest scholars.  

Series sessions take place in the Ward Circle Building, room 300, at noon (unless otherwise indicated.) Attendees may bring their own lunch for the hour-long presentations.

For further information contact SPA Assistant Professor and PhD Student Development Coordinator David Pitts at pitts@american.edu.


Th., Jan. 28, 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Sergio Fernandez, Assistant Professor, Indiana University   
Empowerment, Innovativeness, and Performance in the Federal Bureaucracy

Tues., Feb. 9
Bill Resh, Ph.D. Student   
Appointee-Careerist Relations and the Potential Impact on Presidential Transition

Th., Feb. 25
Shannon Portillo, Assistant Professor, George Mason University   
Rules as Resources and Constraints

Tues., March 2
Laura Langbein, SPA Professor   
The Impact of Love and Money on Performance in the Federal Government: Implications for Pay for Performance

Tues., March 16
Sarah Pettijohn, SPA Ph.D. Student   
Succession Planning in the Nonprofit Sector: An Update

Tues., March 30
Joshua Chanin, SPA Ph.D. Student   
Implementing §14141 “Pattern or Practice” Reform: Evidence from Four Police Departments

Tues., April 13
Julie Riordan, SPA Assistant Professor   
Do NCLB-Mandated Teacher Qualifications Matter? Exploring the Cumulative Effect of NCLB Teacher Qualifications on the Achievement of Elementary School Children

Tues., April 27
Stephanie Newbold, SPA Assistant Professor   
The Historical Evolution of Efficiency in American Public Administration: How a Non-Economic Conceptualization Can Advance the Democratic Governance Process


A member of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), SPA is the only school in the nation offering three NASPAA-accredited degrees—the MPA, MPP and the Key Executive Leadership MPA. SPA is also home to research institutes in the fields of public administration, public policy, justice, and political science. Located in Washington, DC, SPA offers unique research and learning opportunities in the nation’s capital.