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Change Your World: Exploring Careers in Government Service
Funded by the National Association of School of Public Affairs & Administration and Public Policy & International Affairs

  • Principal Investigator: Shannon Portillo, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas; Research Assistant: Jeannette Blackmar (Doctoral Research Assistant)
  • This two-day program is designed to introduce students to major issues in public service through the lens of local government. In partnership with Johnson County Community College (JCCC), the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas will bring together faculty and practitioners to expose students to the foundations of the field as well as the current trends and challenges of the profession. This program is aimed at engaging college students in rigorous programming on ethics, social justice and government service.
  • $5,075

State of Kansas Data Sharing Assessment
Funded by the Information Network of Kansas

  • Principal Investigators: Duncan Friend, State of Kansas and Dr. Marilu Goodyear, School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas; Co-Investigator: Dr. Heather Getha-Taylor; Faculty Researcher: Dr. Holly Goerdel; Research Assistants: Jeannette Blackmar (Doctoral Research Assistant), Erin Borry (Doctoral Research Assistant), Emily Knight (Undergraduate Research Assistant), Adrian Rucker (Undergraduate Research Assistant), and Liese Ridgeway Vanatta (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
  • $110,000
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Revisiting Public Service Motivation in the Era of New Public Service
Funded by the CH2M HILL KU Partnership on Collaboration

  • Principal Investigator: Heather Getha-Taylor
  • $15,000

Linking Efforts to Outcomes: The Development of Weights for Local Sustainability Actions
Funded by the CH2M HILL KU Partnership on Collaboration

  • Co-Principal Investigators: Rachel M. Krause (University of Kansas), Richard C. Feiock (Florida State University), and Christopher V. Hawkins (University of Central Florida)
  • $18,000

A Longitudinal Analysis of Community Collaboration and Sustainability: Evidence from the All‐America City Awards

Funded by the CH2M HILL KU Partnership on Collaboration

  • Principal Investigator: Heather Getha‐Taylor; Faculty Researcher: John C. Pierce; Doctoral Research Assistant: Jeannette Blackmar
  • $7,000

Detroit versus Everybody: Community-Based Pathways to Achieving Sustainability for the Arts in an Urban Context
Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts

  • Principal Investigators: Holly T. Goerdel (University of Kansas), Alisa Moldavanova (Wayne State University)
  • Project Description: To support a study of arts organizations and culturally-aware sustainable development in urban environments, "Detroit versus Everybody: Community-Based Pathways to Achieving Sustainability for the Arts in an Urban Context" will engage in collecting and analyzing of data from a range of arts organizations. The project focuses specifically on the social-connectedness of arts organizations to one another and their communities within the city of Detroit and seven surrounding counties in South-East Michigan.
  • $30,000, multiyear

Integrating Women into U.S. Military Special Operations Forces
Funded by the Army Research Institute

  • Principal Investigators: Alesha Doan, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Don Haider-Markel, Political Science; Shannon Portillo, School of Public Affairs & Administration; Research Assistant: Alex Jorgensen, Doctoral Student
  • $150,000

Middle Manager New Training Intervention Strategies
Funded by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services

  • Principal Investigator: Faye Taxman, George Mason University; Faculty Researcher: Shannon Portillo, School of Public Affairs & Administration; Research Associate: Courtney Porter, George Mason University; Research Assistant: Victoria Goldberg, George Mason University
  • $200,000

Citizen Perception, Service Performance and City Communication

  • Principal Investigator: Alfred T. Ho
  • The project provides technical assistance to the City of Tulsa and helps policymakers and city staff understand the factors that influence citizens’ perception of public services and downtown development and how the city should communicate its policies and management practices more effectively to the public. The project is a continuation of a previously funded project in 2012. The previous project has made a significant impact on the city’s policies and was cited by a local newspaper, Urban Tulsa, on April 10, 2013.
  • $10,000

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Three faculty have won W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence
Rosemary O’Leary is KU’s Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration
Four MPA graduates have been elected president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Founder of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART)
Four faculty are National Academy of Public Administration Fellows
Bob Kipp, vice president of Hallmark Cards, was a 2012 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, was a 2009 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
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