Evans School News

Welcome New Faculty

The Evans School is thrilled to announce the appointments of two new faculty members. Scott Fritzen will be joining our faculty in September as an associate professor. Formerly at NYU Shanghai, Fritzen’s research interests include public sector reforms in developing countries, anti-corruption policymaking, and global public policy as an emerging field.

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Alumni Sally Clark, Abel Pacheco Hired for Key UW Jobs

Advisory Board member Sally Clark (MPA ’04) joins the UW as director of regional and community relations office, which works to build collaborative relationships between these groups through information sharing, and looks for new opportunities to match the UW’s academic capital with needs in the region and community. She will lead the UW’s effort to link with surrounding neighborhoods, civic groups, and local government. She will visit...

Deep Dive Capstone Projects: Innovative Problem Solving

In January, Professor Mark Long issued a challenge to fourteen students in his deep dive capstone course: make a policy recommendation to reduce Seattle’s public educational achievement and attainment gap—in ten weeks.

Under Professor Long’s guidance, students reviewed relevant literature, conducted interviews with key education and policy stakeholders, and brainstormed solutions. The group narrowed their initial fifty ideas down to five key policies that could potentially alleviate educational...

MPA Student Pushes for Change through Legislation

The suicide attempt of a friend prompted Lauren Davis (MPA ’16) to advocate for legislation to help those with mental illness and drug addiction in Washington state.

Under current Washington State Law, if someone is suicidal, homicidal, or gravely disabled due to mental illness, they can be committed involuntarily to lifesaving psychiatric treatment. But there is no such process for someone who is suicidal, homicidal, or gravely disabled due to chemical dependency.

Davis, who serves on the King County Mental Health Advisory Board and the King County Alcoholism and...

Jacob Vigdor Evans School Researchers on Seattle Minimum Wage Increase: What Public Policy is All About

Daniel J. Evans Professor Jacob Vigdor is principal investigator of a project to research the implications of implementing a law raising the citywide minimum wage, commissioned by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle City Council. The project is a multi-faceted evaluation of the policy’s effects on workers, employers, and the local economy as the increased minimum wages are implemented. The project is funded by a contract with the City of Seattle and by grants from multiple foundations concerned with low-wage work...

UW Takes Top Spot for Peace Corps Volunteers

The UW reclaims its top spot in number of Peace Corps volunteers among large schools nationwide, according to an announcement issued by the Peace Corps this week—the second time in three years that the UW has placed in first place. The UW has produced a total of nearly 3,000 Peace Corps volunteers, making it the third highest producer of volunteers.

The Evans School contributes to this success through our long-standing partnership with the Peace Corps and our graduate-level...

Mark Long Honored for Innovative Research

Professor Mark Long received a 2015 Innovation Award, providing research support to evaluate how individuals value the lives of others and uncover how altruism plays a role in the social value. The Innovation Awards recognize 14 of the most creative researchers at UW who are addressing pressing problems of humanity and creating solutions. The selection committees are organized and run by the Office of Research and the Office of Academic...

Evans School Team Advances to National Public Policy Challenge

A team of students from the Evans School and the College of Education has been selected to compete in the National Invitational Public Policy Challenge in Philadelphia March 21-22.

The competition, hosted by Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania with Governing magazine, challenged students from public policy and administration schools nationwide to develop policy proposals and strategies addressing a critical issue facing their respective communities.

The Evans School team was...

Tyler Scott Accepts UGA Tenure-Track Position

Congratulations to doctoral candidate Tyler Scott (MS ’12), who has accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy (in the School of Public and International Affairs) at the University of Georgia (UGA). UGA is currently ranked second among public affairs schools by U.S. News and World Report in the field of public management and administration. His appointment begins in the fall.“Tyler will bring a unique mix of public management, policy process,...

Announcing New Evans School Faculty Appointment Scott Fritzen

Scott Fritzen will join the Evans School faculty as an associate professor, beginning in Autumn Quarter. Fritzen comes to us from New York University (NYU) Shanghai, where he is currently an associate provost and associate professor of public policy. NYU Shanghai is the world's first Chinese-U.S. university and the first American research university to offer full undergraduate degree programs in China.

His research interests include public sector reforms in developing countries, anti-corruption...