Doctoral Candidates are Driving Public Policy and Public Administration Research

Casey Fleming, Public Administration PhD candidate defending his dissertation

As May graduation is around the corner PhD students in the department of Public Administration have been hard at work. The road to obtaining a doctoral degree is traveled by few. Nevertheless, a total of six PhD students will have completed all requirements for the PhD of Public Administration program this summer. Candice Bodkin, Casey Fleming, Sherrie Godette, Melissa Thibault, Anne-Lise Velez and Zheng Yang. These graduates and their research help us continue our strong national reputation.

Dissertation topics for doctoral candidates included:

  1. An Investigation into Collaborative Partnerships Through the Perspective of Embedded Networks. Zheng Yang
  2. Assessing the Promise and Realities of Local Food Systems: Does Government Intervention Help? Sherrie Godette
  3. Public Employees and Bureaucratic Rules: Determinants of the Pro-Social and Destructive Rule-Bending of Street-Level Bureaucrats. Casey Fleming
  4. Public Sector Mentoring: An Analysis of Mentor-Protege Relationships and Their Effects on Outcomes. Candice Bodkin
  5. The Effect of Entrepreneurial Orientation on Teacher Satisfaction and Retention. Melissa Thibault
  6. Understanding the Structuring of an Institutional Field: Examining the intersection of emergency management and historic preservation in the U.S. Anne-Lise K. Velez

The Master of Public Administration program has been ranked #10 in the U.S. by 2015 Top Management Degree’s MPA rankings (Top MPA Degrees). Accolades are great, but offers for employment before graduation are even better. Currently Candice Bodkin, PhD student (May 2016), has accepted a Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA. Zheng Yang, PhD student (May 2016), has accepted an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills, CA. It is not just the wolf pride that have our doctoral students howling but the detailed time and attention they receive in the program.  The School of Public and International Affairs congratulates our doctoral students and encourages them to continue to be leaders in their field.

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